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Old 01-12-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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drywall around a fireplace

My husband and I are gutting our old plaster walls so we can update the wiring and insulate. We will replace the walls with drywall. We have non working fireplaces with beautiful mantels in each room and I really don't want to remove the mantels. Can we remove the plaster walls around the chimney and replace with drywall without removing the plaster or mantels from the fireplace?


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Old 01-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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Post some pictures, this would help us alot in helping you.


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It depends on the shape of the mantel. I'd be hard pressed to do it with mine.
Better you leave the plaster around the mantle alone and butt the new sheetrock to it. The framing around the fireplace shouls extend out far enough so you could tape a compound as well as have a nailing surface.

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It would be a pain but you could use a utility knife and cut the plaster out where the plaster and mantle meet...then when installing the new drywall just butt it up against the plaster on the backside of the mantle, making a flush seam
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