Since an early age I've been creating, building and modifying the world in which we live. Raised by some master crafters, I've learned so many skills they all seem to have blended together into a meta-skill. I'm a creative problem solver and a college educated analyzer of businesses and systems. I bring a broad perspective having lived and worked in the most rural settings to the most modern of locals, and I'm at home everywhere I go.

How to Properly close a fireplace/flue that will never really be used again.

I’ve been involved with exposing and repairing allot of bricks.  This one happens to have been in my office.  So often where you want to expose the bricks happens to be where some sort of fireplace used to be.  In this case the bricks over the “fireplace” opening  where in pretty bad shape and needed to be rebuilt.  As luck would have it, I inadvertently ended up with two nice pictures to illustrate how to properly close up an old flue.


You don’t close up a flue (which is great passage way into you home for vermin) with cardboard, plywood, plastic, plaster, or pretty much anything else – other than metal and cement.  Usually you can chisel out the mortar between two levels of bricks, and slide your metal into place.


For a nice clean look, we parged the interior of the now closed off fireplace.




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