wire - TV cables getting stuck in conduit after mounting TV on fireplace

We are first time home owners and trying to learn basic things. We mounted our TV ourselves yesterday. I'm now trying to hide the wires. There is already a rugged conduit (something like this) behind the wall to pass the cables to the other end where the switchboard can be seen (bottom right in image)I took a 6 feet long HDMI cable. First, I tried to put it down from the top of the pipe. The entrance to the pipe can be seen right below the TV.The cable goes in about 4 feet and then gets stuck. After that, I tried same thing from bottom. I pushe...Read more

rust - fireplace is a bit rusty - is it safe to use?

The back wall seems to still be solid, though I can't take it apart to check for sure. I don't have a sense for what this means - how essential is the inner wall? Seemingly it was never meant to totally keep the fire enclosed, as the inner sideplates seem to have always had a small crack between them and the inner backplate.We've just moved into this apartment, so I can't say what it was like new....Read more

fireplace - Can I keep my propane tank valve open?

I just bought a new Portable Fireplace and it can contain the propane tank inside it. I also bought some firestones to put in the fire area. The only problem with this is that if I want to turn on/off the fireplace then I need to lift up the fire place and then turn the propane tank valve on/off. Which is do-able but a bit of a hassle. I was thinking to keep the propane tank valve always on. If I do that, I can still rely on fireplace valve to turn the heat on/off. The only potential problem with this is that my propane tank valve would be perp...Read more

brick - How to fill recess in fireplace before tiling

I wish to tile a fireplace pictured belowThe brickwork has a recessed area directly above the firebox (pictured below)This recessed area measures 28" x 8" x 1-1/2"I wish to tile over the recessed area flush with the rest of the fireplace front. In other words: Remove the recessed area. My thought is to fill this area with a non-combustible material like durock. Not sure what the best material would be, though. Seems to me that it would be easier to use something thicker and lighter.I was also thinking of making a mold and filling it with a...Read more

mounting - Can we mount a TV over a fireplace with the chimney directly behind it?

We have a home built in the 1950's and I'm assuming the chimney/fireplace is original. We'd like to mount our 50" TV over the fireplace. Directly over the mantle is a wall, but we believe that directly behind that wall is the brick chimney. The chimney currently does not have a flue so it's literally a straight chimney of bricks. We are worried that if we drill the mount into the wall here, we will be drilling directly into the chimney and possibly putting a hole all the way through the brick or knocking a brick out of place. Is this a legitima...Read more

fireplace - What are my options when replacing all house trim / molding / baseboards?

When we bought our house in 2008, we opted for the cheapest oak trim. Around doors, windows, baseboards, cabinets, behind the clothes dryer, fireplace surround and mantel, absolutely everywhere.We're slowly tiring of the stained oak look, and are interested in something a little higher-end, like maple or cherry. I do realize that replacing a couple thousand linear feet of trim is possible with a lot of work. Painting is doable, but we prefer being able to see wood grain.Are there any other options to cover oak trim and cabinets with a differen...Read more

Turn brick fireplace to inset fireplace

My brick fireplace is ugly and I want to make it inset contemporaryI know I could remove the hearth but can I remove the front area of the fireplace? Basically remove 1-2 bricks to make it flush with the drywall. Would that cause any structural issue?Also what do I cover the brick? I assume there is some high heat drywall ? The new inset firewall will have a glass door...Read more

Lighting fireplace pilot

I was trying to light my pilot and was having difficulty. The steps I followed.Turn on gasTurned pilot button from "off" to "pilot"Pushed in pilot buttonPushed ignitor every secondNothing happenedI tried it again - same steps as above - Again nothing happened. I then moved the pilot button from "pilot" to "on" and the fireplace started up.Now my questionsI believe the fireplace should have started when the pilot switch was on "pilot" and pilot button pushed in - is that correct?Should I have a professional look at my system?Thanks...Read more

How can I eliminate the smell of gas and smoke when burning my new gas fireplace?

Yet another question in my long running series of new house questions. I closed recently on a newly constructed house and in my final walk through with the project manager he demonstrated how the gas fireplace works. When he turned it on a god awful smell started permeating the room, the stench of smoke. The room got a bit cloudy and the smoke alarms in the house went off within minutes.He said this was perfectly normal and that we just have to run it a little bit every day for a few days and this will go away. I have never had a gas firepl...Read more

fireplace - Indoor vs outdoor fire safety training for kids

I want to train my two sons on how to use a fire extinguisher.It's pretty wet this time of year in the northwest, so I was considering making a fire in our fireplace inside, and having them take turns using the extinguisher.... But could this cause a big mess inside? Or lots of smoke? etc...If the indoor solution is no good, I think I'll have to wait for a dry night to dig a hole and make a fire in the yard (or buy a metal platform for fires).Any advice is appreciated....Read more

How can I convert a ventless propane fireplace to natural gas?

I just bought a property and it has a passthrough, ventless fireplace that runs on propane.I've not hooked up propane to the house, and the natural gas company says they'll hook me up for free. However, the fireplace is currently configured to run off of propane.I tired to call the manufacturer, but they wont talk to me and told me to call a dealership, which I did. They say it's impossible, and I'll have to buy a new log set, and since it's a double sided log set, they start at a price that's way above my budget.However, all the log sets they ...Read more

Turning fireplace from gas to wood burning

We have a those that was originally built in 1977 and its built with brick with brick chimney and all. We believe it was originally built as a wood burning fireplace. How hard would it be to convert it back to a wood burning fireplace. I believe there's an insert that they used to turn it into gas. The problem is that gas has gone so high in price per gallon that it would be more cost effective for us to convert it back to a wood burning fireplace. What would we need to do?...Read more