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Old 09-13-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Fireplace removal in Basement


I have a fireplace in the basement(see Photos) I want to remove. I took the advice of a Contractor (who I trust due to his experience) of demolishing the Fireplace in the basement as he said it wouldn't have any structural support to the upstairs fireplace. I came across an L Bracket(Angle Iron) that spans the top opening of the Fireplace and I stopped as I was wondering if this was just providing support to the Bricks above or would be part of the span and support required for taking load from the Fireplace upstairs. I suspect it's the former, but Adviser is away and I thought I could reach out to this community to get some advice before I find out I have removed any Load Bearing Support.

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Old 09-13-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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That angle iron is only supporting the brick face above the opening---

I can't comment on the rest of the unit and whether it is supporting the upstairs fire place--as the upstairs unit usually is built on top of the basement one---

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Thanks oh'mike.. Appreciate the advice. I will continue with the Sledge Hammer.
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