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One other thought: Sometimes the right thing to do really is to move out of the house for a while, if you can't partition the work off so it doesn't disrupt the rest of your life.


You could probably install tile backer board right over the brick. Apply thinset to the brick and backer board to make sure it bonds. Then attach it with backer board screws. If those don't go in, then you can use a few masonry screws to hold it until the thinset cures. That way you can square up the opening and have a good flat surface to tile to. Once the ...


You want something with close to the same thermal and moisture properties as the rest of the surround. Best wound be a piece of brick. You could bond it in with thin set since it is not really structural. If none are handy, you could use pieces of tile layered using thin set to glue it in. Just make sure none of the pieces stick out more than the brick. ...


You are going to have to call your local city hall. They will tell you if you need to pull permits and what checks there are. As for "roofing" - there is no roofing certification so in theory anyone can put a roof up. The church's insurance might not like this but if the city signs off on it or doesn't care than put up the roof. I would highly suggest ...

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