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Old 04-14-2012, 11:27 AM  
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I have a brick fireplace with a floating mantel that I am trying to remove. It is a 9 x 5.5 x 84 wood mantel. There is no trim, no screws that I can see, it seems like it is cemented into the brick, but I find it hard to believe that is the case. Any suggestions?



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Old 04-14-2012, 03:32 PM  
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Most likely have to lift up and release it from the hanger brackets. It may be painted in place and will require cutting the mating surface to the wall with a razor knife and firm hit upward to release it.



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Old 04-14-2012, 08:16 PM  
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I tried cutting the mating from the mantel but I wasn't able to lift it. I hit it a few times with the hammer to try knocking it free. After the hammer didn't work; I started sawing into it to see if I could figure how it was mounted. I found a large screw coming from inside the fireplace. I have attached a picture of the screw. If anyone has any suggestions or solutions, it would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 04-15-2012, 10:19 AM  
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I cut away everything around the mantel and still could not get it to budge, even with a few swings of the hammer. I decided to start cutting into the mantel to see if I could figure out how it was mounted and found a large screw that appears to be coming from inside the fireplace. I have attached a picture of this. Any ideas on how I should go about this one?



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Old 04-15-2012, 11:19 AM  
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Since you've pretty much destroyed it anyway, how about using a recip saw to cut it the rest of the way off?

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Old 04-15-2012, 01:42 PM  
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I thought about that, but the mantel actually goes about an inch into the wall and I'm not sure how I would completely remove it without tearing up studs or what ever is behind it. I am thinking about cutting some of the dry wall above it to see if I can get it off some how that way.

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So I cut some of the dry wall from above the mantel and there are several large bolts holding the mantel in place from behind. Now I am having trouble getting these bolts out. There is not a lot of room with the circulation ducts in the way. I can get a wrench on the bolts but they are not moving, one of them is not even tightened all the way down but it won't turn at all either. Any other suggestions?

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In your photo you have one screw exposed if you could do that to all of them, perhaps you could use a hole saw without the center drill bit to cut the wood around the screw or drill 1/4" holes all around the screws.

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You can cut the bolts off with the weapon of your choice.
Sawzall, hacksaw, Die Grinder with metal cutting disc, etc.....

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:29 PM  
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Thank you all for your help. There were four large screws holding the manel up, I was able to get two of them out after cutting back the drywall and the other two I just cut off. Thanks again.



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