Breeze block wall

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Breeze block wall

I have a house built in 1977 instead of a wooden bannister they put a breeze block wall up the stairs and on the landing. Is it possible to knock this down and replace it with a nice wooden bannister?
 
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Welcome to the forums! Without seeing what you see, it would be difficult for us to give advice. Could you post a few pictures (not closeups) of the area? http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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paula -

It might be possible, but more information is needed. In any event removing the wall will be a very messy job. It will also be a bit of a job to finish off the attachment points.

What part of the world are in (country/state)?

By "breeze block" there are several different meanings on how they are used. What is your local definition?

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I am from the UK I think you call breeze blocks cinder blocks?
 
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By 'breeze block', presumably you really mean the lightweight aerated concrete block? (True breeze blocks have not been made where you are for many years. If the house is 1970s, it will probably be lightweight block).

You would need to make sure that the upper flight of stairs derives no support from the wall, ie ensure it is supported off the half-landing lower down and the main landing. They frequently plug the string of the stair through to the wall and if this was its sole support on that side, it would come loose if you take down the wall.

Other than that, it would be messy, but should be do-able.
 
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A breezewall conjured up the decorative light weight blocks set on side and mortared in, like in Florida, or other places like that. That is why I asked for pictures. Thanks.
 
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