Replacing Brick Exterior

Old 04-06-01, 06:23 PM
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I have a 65 year old home that has had the exterior brick painted many times. The brick is a soft "Chicago" brick and is crumbling in a few spots. I would like to remove the old brick and have a mason replace it. I'm thinking of renting an air chisel to remove the bricks one at a time. Is this a Do It Yourself project? Any tips? Thanks!
Old 04-06-01, 09:57 PM
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If it's veneer expedite the removal with a rip and tear technique. Try a sledge hammer to start a hole at the top then a large and small wrecking bar. A single jack (small sledge) and a wide cold chisel may be handy also.

Wack and pry at the mortar joints. They have less shear strength than the brick. Use backup blocks to pry against. Shield windows and doors with plywood. Keep clear of falling brick, and pay attention to the task at hand. Allow no one into the area until a wall is completely down.

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