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The wood was used as a concrete form for that back in the day. Concrete was poured to the sub level needed top hold the finish hearth. It typically extended into the fire box, actually it was poured usually before the firebox is built and was used as a base the continue the firebox construction. It was poured after the brick is built up to the level where ...


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According to the 2006 International Building Code Table 720.1(2). , 3-5/8" of brick is just slightly under the Fire Resistance Rating for 2 hours of a wall fire. On the other hand, a 3-5/8" brick wall with a 1" air gap, does satisfy the 2 hour fire resistance code. The real question is, is 2 hours enough for a fireplace? A contained gel canister hardly ...


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Yes, you can paint it. Personally, I always use oil-based paints because they last longer, but you can use whatever paint you want (water colors?) Concrete is porous so you might want to use a grain filler or sealer of some kind before painting. There are thick paints specifically designed for painting concrete, but they tend to look pretty industrial.


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Most installs I have done we have trimmed around the fireplace. There are several ways to do it. If your fireplace hearth sits on flat ground we try to meet even - which is almost impossible unless you did the floor and hearth all in one install. Most of the time we trim around the fireplace first and then cut to the trim. This is very very very time ...


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Should I try to use mortar and smooth out the surface and make it 90 degree as possible? NO- any such patch would be likely to adhere unsuccessfully and would crack and come loose. ...install tiles with thinset and try to make the tiles as level and as 90 degree as possible by adjusting the thinset amount? YES- it should be fairly easy to run thick with ...


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It sounds like a Fireplace Screen or Cover and not an "Insert" with its own firebox. But, the fireplace floor must be replaced with Firebrick using High Temperature Fireplace Cement/Mortar and according to your local regulations, may need to be slightly lower than the hearth. The hearth Slate that you plan, should be laid and leveled on a bed of freshly ...


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Although it may be a tad more complicated than plastic or vinyl, I would go with metal. Milled door sills are often produced in 80-100cm lengths (approx. 3'), either with screw holes or simply to be glued in place. You would have to cut it into short lengths with slightly angled ends; in essence you will be constructing a polygon instead of a circle. With a ...


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Cut back the plaster evenly and use a fancy stone trim piece. You can use a tile saw to miter the corners, use paintable caulk where the plaster meets the trim, to hide irregularities. Use construction adhesive, or silicone, or tile mortar, to adhere the trim to the sandstone. Your biggest job will be cleaning up the sandstone and brick.


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