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  1. Remodeling
    I am removing a double-sided propane fireplace, preferably in resaleable condition, and opening wall between the two rooms. Concrete mantel appears to set on top of concrete block wall. I am fine with losing the concrete mantel entirely but is not necessary and would mean rebuilding the wall...
  2. Pest Control
    Around my (currently unused) fireplace, I keep getting these small black bugs scattered on the tiling in front of it. They all seem to be dead, I’ve only seen one that’s alive so far. I vacuum them up but they reappear in very large quantities quite quickly. They’re very small and I can’t...
  3. Electrical
    Hello, I'm currently in the process of renovating a fireplace, and needed to add an additional stud to supplement the existing ones. There was some wire that was routed through the existing studs, but there was just enough room to place the new stud so that the wire went around it, rather than...
  4. HVAC
    Hi all, I recently had my gas fireplace cleaned/serviced. (It's a Heat-n-Glo, with Intermittent Pilot Ignition, Model 6000TR-OAK-IPI.) Since then, it takes a very long time for the flames to ignite (15-20 seconds each time, even if I use it every day), and the flames burn very blue for a long...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have a gas fireplace with a set of somewhat old gas logs. Even though we have a chimney cap, two birds found their way into the chimney a few years ago (one bird at a time, about a month apart). Each bird stayed in the firebox several hours until my husband came home from work. He put a towel...
  6. Featured Topics
    There’s nothing that hits the spot more than a warm crackling fire on a cool autumn’s day with family and friends. If you’re someone who loves to frequently sit by the flames of a wood and pellet stove, then you’re also probably familiar with how much it can cost. Fireplaces on the lower...
  7. Home Theater
    Hi all. I’m redoing my fireplace and installing 1.25" thick stone veneer wall and want to plan for tv install above fireplace as well. Debating between these options: 1. Leaving a space in the stone wall for tv mount (looking at drop mount so space would be fairly large) 2. Install full...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    I currently have an old masonry wood burning fireplace that is flush with the floor with a hearth pad. I'd like a raised hearth. Can I just add brick to the floor of the fireplace and pad to raise them? (There was already an added layer of brick on the fireplace floor when we moved in, not...
  9. HVAC
    I am in the process of installing a wood burning insert in my old fireplace. I have some questions/concerns about the liner. The current chimney is a brick chimney from the original build, but we recently did a remodel which lead to the chimney terminating in the new attic and being extended...
  10. Building & Construction
    I removed the tile on my fireplace and there was no saving the Sheetrock on the right side as you can see. I am a complete newbie to DIY because I just bought my first house. Do I need to put in new sheet rock first? Hardie board or cement board can’t go right onto the studs can it?
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I just moved into a house with no ash dump door in the wood burning fireplace. I tried to move the grate to further forward to not have the smoldering pieces fall in, but that filled the house with smoke. I bought the only ash dump door on amazon assuming that they were standard dimensions, but...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I just bought a house with this as the fireplace. I am redoing the floors and would like to remove this tile as the surround. And replace it with a concrete front. Has anyone done this before? It doesn’t need to come off the wall like the photo below, but I do like the texture and color a lot
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm looking at a summer house that I might put in an offer but the only drawback is a large fireplace on an interior wall in the living room that is way too big for the room. The other side of the fireplace is a wall in the kitchen which makes the kitchen a galley type separated from the rest of...
  14. HVAC
    I want to put a gas "contemporary glass" burner into a wood burning fireplace (my fireplace already has gas run to it). Should I use a vented or a vent-free burner?
  15. General DIY Discussions
    Hi Brains trust, The wife and I are updating our corner fireplace. Looking to put up some cement board on the wall and tile it or use ardex featherlite. How would we frame the wall section so we can put up the board? Not looking to close off the entire corner just match the width of the...
  16. Building & Construction
    We have a new house (built last year) with an open floor plan. We have a 2-story living room and have recently installed a faux fireplace on the one wall. By faux fireplace, I mean we built a bump out, stoned it up to the ceiling and installed an electric fireplace. It's a little late now, but I...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I used concrete for my fireplace surround and hearth. I need to seal it because I have young kids who are prone to spilling EVERYTHING. The big box store sold me this grout sealer to use for this purpose. Is this safe to use, considering its going to get pretty hot? I'm worried about the heat...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    The firebrick (refractory brick) in my old fireplace was badly crumbling away so I decided to replace it. I bought a bunch of new refractory brick from a local mason and also some Heat Stop mortar I plan to use. After pulling down the old brick, I ran into an issue. 2 of the 3 walls (left...
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