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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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?
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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?
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    Hi gang... This mess is hanging under the fireplace hearth. It is a passive flow inlet, pulling cool air off the floor and passing it inside the wall of the fireplace insert and venting it above the screen and doors. I assume it is there so you cannot see the dirt and dust bunnies that will...
  14. Remodeling
    Hello! My husband and I recently purchased a house. We recently painted the walls "Windstorm" by Sherwin Williams - it is a medium gray color. We have been debating white washing the fireplace to give the room a more contemporary look and to mute the very dark red/orange/black brick. I am...
  15. HVAC
    Hello! New to the forums and relatively new to homeownership + DIY home improvement. Looking forward to learning new stuff from this community. My 1940s home's wood-burning brick fireplace was replaced (I'd guess 15 yrs ago?) with a gas line and set of fake logs. The gas line runs up from the...
  16. HVAC
    i bought a 70s kit home in 2000 and recently had the chimney relined. the guy told me my fireplace was a Heatilator. it's a metal enclosure inside the fireplace with input and output air ducts, you make a fire inside the metal enclosure, cool air flows in at bottom and gets returned heated at...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    We are pouring a 17x20 concrete patio and looking for creative/affordable ways to make it look great. We really wanted stone or paver but we are on a tight budget Thank goodness for this site. I'm not crafty at all
  18. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We are adding a 20x17 patio addition to our house. I would like to add a "fire" area to our patio. Not sure which version would last longer... traditional stone fireplace or round firepit. I am worried about being outside and water standing in the fireplace. Please share your opinion and/or...
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