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specs2020 03-12-2013 11:54 AM

Cultured Stone Project
Hi everyone, I need a little advice from the experts. I need to make my brick fireplace opening wider to allow my bifold glass doors to open. The fireplace sits 4 inches back in the opening. When I install the cultured stone around the opening it makes it 2 inches smaller on each side because of the thickness of the stone. My idea was to remove 2 inches of brick on each side. The steel lental runs past far enough to still support the brick above but I will still support with 2X4's until the brick is installed. I will drill holes along a line and hope i can chip the brick out. Using a angle grinder or saw is way to dusty,if you have any other ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry about the long post. Thank You

specs2020 03-13-2013 10:36 AM

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Here are some pictures of the problem i am having. Hope someone can help.

jomama45 03-14-2013 05:26 PM

Not sure how well drilling those holes will work, you may end up loosing the half brick on every other course. I'd be more inclined to use a grinder with a vacuum attached/close by, along with the biggest fan you can find pushing air up the chimney. Or, plastic that area in from the floor to ceiling.

I'd also consider taking at least 2" out of the brick, as you'll have mortar behind the stone as well, and there's likely at least an inch or 2 of black metal hidden........

joecaption 03-14-2013 06:01 PM

Order smaller doors.

jomama45 03-14-2013 09:26 PM

Oh boy..........................:whistling2:

specs2020 03-17-2013 08:27 AM

I was hoping that I would not have to cut brick out but it looks like that is my only alternative. Smaller doors are not an option. It looks like I better start cutting or drilling. Thanks for the help.

specs2020 03-18-2013 12:05 PM

Problem solved. All I did was cut back on a 45 degree angle on the ends of the stone and that lets the doors open almost completly. I thought I would post this solution :thumbup:for anybody that may have the same problem.

jomama45 03-19-2013 08:33 PM

Dind't that expose the aggregate inside of the stone though? Maybe I'm not envisioning what you're describing correctly??

specs2020 03-20-2013 10:24 AM

Yes it did but with the greys and brown color of the stone I should be able to wipe some mortar or color grout on the ends. The masons who came to give an estimate for the job told my wife they would have to cut the cultured stones back at an angle so the doors could open.I was not their when they came but I doubt that cutting out brick would be an option with them.

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