Thank you for your previous support and advice re my home improvement woes! Into 7th week now and there is still a hole in the ceiling, but no asbestos - as we all thought. Insurance company have agreed a generous sum to replaster, but our plasterer is booked up for the forseeable future. Meanwhile, my OH has knocked the hideous fireplace out - he had to hire a pneumatic drill to do it. We have 35 sacks of rubble to take up to the recycling depot and a wheelbarrow full of whole bricks in the sitting room. We are confined to the study upstairs as the air downstairs is thick with brick dust. It will get better, won't it??