How do you remove a mantle from the wall?
Also, how do you remove a mantle?
Pound the bottom of the mantel shelf with a rubber mallet to separate it from the wall if it doesn't release when you pry the base of the mantel away from the wall. Tap it gently, but with enough force to pull the nails from the wall. Once it's loosened, pull out on the shelf to remove it.
Accordingly, how do you remove a fireplace from the wall?
Carefully remove the filler and clean the screw slots, and undo the screws. Lift the surround away and remove the battens from the wall. Remove any inner tiled surround, it is usually fairly light and can be moved by one person.
If your mantel expands or contracts from the heat, it can pull loose from the wall on either side. To repair it, pry off the molding strips on both legs and then pry or lift out the facing -- probably 3/4-inch -- and tighten or replace screws or bolts with new ones. Replace the facing and molding.