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Old 02-18-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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we have brick on fireplace we want to cover a brick fireplace what tools and material we should use and how.

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Old 02-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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What do you want to cover it with? Stone?
Is this fireplace usable? What kind (natural wood-burning, gas)?

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Old 02-18-2011, 11:27 AM   #3
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It has 1959 brick want to paint drywall it has gas logs
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Baker, this sounds like something my wife wants me to do with our wood burning fireplace, which has brick veneer from the hearth to the ceiling and a wood mantle. Ideally, our project will entail removing all the brick veneer. Above the mantle, she wants drywall and paint. From the mantle down, I'll do wire lath, mortar scratch coat and stone tile.

If yours is actual brick, you'll probably have to attach 1-by framing strips to frame out the surface for the drywall.

Here is an excerpt from the building code regarding combustible materials around a fireplace. Pay close attention to #3:

R1001.11 Fireplace clearance. All wood beams, joists, studs and other combustible material shall have a clearance of not less than 2 inches (51 mm) from the front faces and sides of masonry fireplaces and not less than 4 inches (102 mm) from the back faces of masonry fireplaces. The air space shall not be filled, except to provide fire blocking in accordance with Section R1001.12.


1. Masonry fireplaces listed and labeled for use in contact with combustibles in accordance with UL 127 and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions are permitted to have combustible material in contact with their exterior surfaces.2. When masonry fireplaces are part of masonry or concrete walls, combustible materials shall not be in contact with the masonry or concrete walls less than 12 inches (306 mm) from the inside surface of the nearest firebox lining.3. Exposed combustible trim and the edges of sheathing materials such as wood siding, flooring and drywall shall be permitted to abut the masonry fireplace side walls and hearth extension in accordance with Figure R1001.11, provided such combustible trim or sheathing is a minimum of 12 inches (305 mm) from the inside surface of the nearest firebox lining.4. Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry fireplace front surrounding the fireplace opening providing such combustible materials are not placed within 6 inches (152 mm) of a fireplace opening. Combustible material within 12 inches (306 mm) of the fireplace opening shall not project more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) for each 1-inch (25 mm) distance from such an opening. Here is the link to the entire code: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...2009/index.htm

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