I would like to re open a doorway between kitchen and dining room which was bricked up some years ago. The doorway is in a supporting wall but still has the original timber lintel. Local building control suggested that there should be no reason not to do this but I am unsure if the old lintel is sufficient.
hi there if the lintel looks rotted or weak or shows obvious signs that its degraded, then change, however it mite be worth just changing it and putting in a standard concrete lintel anyway there cheap enough and will last longer, easy enough to do.
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