Hello everyone, I need to widen the doorway into the kitchen.
There are some pics on this link:
The house is a Victorian terrace (built 1895)
Does anybody know what I can expect to find if I start hacking the plaster
off the walls?
I assume that I will have to replace the supporting lintel with a longer one
to do this work.
How do I remove the existing lintel and stop the wall falling?
Do I have to support above it with struts either side and bridge across with
anybody done this?
Hopefully a stone or wooden lintel. If you are lucky, no lintel at all.
(Aren't you lucky it hasn't fallen down yet?)
You can get (hire) special (Strongboy) props where the top simply goes
into a mortar joint in the line of brickwork above the existing lintel.
Very quick and easy.
Or you can drill holes, put "needles" through them and put the props
under the needles (about 2" diameter steel rods), with a "head tree"
(4"x4" timber) between needles and props to spread the load evenly.
Or you can knock a couple of bricks out and put timber spreaders through
the holes and prop them up.
I've done it to put garage-sized doors in a barn. It'd easier than you
think. Even girlies can do it..
It will make an unbelievable amount of mess.
Don't get carried away with the sledgehammer.
If it is a stone floor, no problem - just put pad pieces under the prop
bases. If it is a wood floor, put some planks down to spread the load on
the props...Be very, very sure the floor will take the load..
However, consult with your local council's building regs department.
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