How NOT to support a Chimney Breast

Sean Steer noticed on this Building Survey in Carshalton that the chimney breast had been removed to the first floor bedroom but not the roof and the support comprised timber wedges on some scaffold boards. Despite the obvious divergence from good working practise it has been like this for more than 25 years! Best solution is a new steel beam (RSJ) spanning between two loadbearing walls and a Building Regulation Application to obtain a Completion Cerificate.

 

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