Way back in the 1950s, the fireplace was the heart of family activities and social life. As the years passed, the decor trends and features of fireplaces also evolved. Aside from its basic function of giving warmth to any home, the fireplace has also provided a distinct charm and elegance. There are now pre-fabricated fireplaces and they are easily available in the market.

Steps in installing a do it yourself fireplace

Basic skills and tools are needed in installing your own fireplace. This, coupled with the easy-to-understand instruction manual that comes with the do it yourself fireplace kit, will give you the fireplace of your choice in no time.

The first thing to do is to remove loose plaster on the wall recess with a hammer and chisel so that the new fireplace can snugly fit. Laying the hearth on mortar, if necessary, comes next, checking simultaneously with a spirit level if it is evenly horizontal. The back of the hearth must be pushed to the wall.

Installation of the fireplace parts now takes place.

You may first make a mock assembly on the floor to get a glimpse of what your fireplace would look like. Conventional cast iron fireplaces have tiled side panels joined together by fire cement. Metal fireplaces, on the other hand, may be placed in the center of the new hearth. Here, the fireplace is kept in place with screws and wall plugs or cavity wall fixings. Again, check with the spirit level if the fireplace is evenly horizontal. The area behind the metal front is then filled with a mixture of one part mortar and 6 parts vermiculite. Finally, the top and sides of the timber fire surround are screwed together and it has to be made sure that they are perpendicular to each other.

Finishing the fireplace

With the fireplace now in position, its edges must be carefully joined to the walls using small metal plates in order for it to project a clean and warm look in the same manner that professional installers do.

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