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Old 12-23-2009, 03:03 AM   #1
 
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REmoving interior chimney breast. Supporting chimney stack above


hello All,

We've about to move into a terraced house and would like to take the chimney breast out on Ground and 1st Floor, pinning the breast/stack in the loft. Could anyone recommend:

A. The Certified Board to which the builder should belong?
B. A Surveyor (North West England)
C. Who to go to for Buildings Insurance (for an effective quote) even before work starts?
D. Any other comments, experiences, anecdotes or info you may think useful.


Thank you for any thoughts/advice!
Si
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:08 AM   #2
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As this is structural work you need to go through Building Control at your LA.
The calcs will need to be done by an S/E, not a surveyor.
The builder you employ should have his own insurance.
There is also the Party Wall Act to think about if the stack is tied into the party wall.
Years ago you could knock them down and just corbel the brickwork into the party wall, but nowadays Gallows brackets or RSJs are used.
There is a lot of brickwork in the old chimney breasts and it is a dusty job, but the work involved in the support doesn't take long.
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:27 AM   #3
 
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Thank you very much Stuart. More than helpful!
Has anyone any North West England based firms they'd recommend for taking out a chimney breast; profesional, insured etc (?)

Any advice appreciated.

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