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Hello. We are remodeling our fireplace. The hearth is raised

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Hello. We are remodeling our fireplace. The hearth is raised off the floor about 4 inches to be flush with the firebox. Under the 1/2" thick marble tile of the hearth which we removed, lay a cement base. We purchased new hearth stones about 1" thick meaning we need to lower the hearth base just a bit so they are flush with the firebox. It looks like that base goes below the surface of the floor. (In the basement there is some pl-covering just that area.) What's the best course of action? Can I lower the base a few inches and re-pour a new base. what method to lower it and what type of cement? Thank you.

Rick :

Welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do my best to help you with your issue.

Rick :

You have a couple options. The more difficult option would be to just chisel out a half inch or more of the concrete with a hammer and cold chisel

Rick :

An easier way would be to use a saw with a diamond blade to score the concrete to a depth of <1" making many passes. Then chip out the concrete with a hammer and cold chisel.

Rick :

The second option would be much easier but it will put a lot of dust into the air

Rick :

You can use ready mix mortar mix (Sakrete, Quikcrete) to smooth out the uneven surface you'll have when you're done with the chiseling.

Rick :

You can rent a saw with a diamond blade at any tool rental outlet

Customer:

thank you Rick,

Customer:

I will start with option one since I have a young one at home, however it is 5 feet feet across so I may have to revert to power tools

Rick :

It's labor intensive and time consuming but unfortunately it's the only way to accomplish this. Good luck!

Customer:

thank you, XXXXX XXXXX cold chisel go by any other name in case I cant find it?

Rick :

That's the name of the tool. You're best bet is one that's about 12" long and 1" wide at the business end. You might also want to get your hands on a 3 pound hammer. You can use a claw hammer but unless it's a heavy framer's hammer you won't get much impact with it

Customer:

ok

Customer:

thanks again!

Rick :

My pleasure

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