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can a brick window sill be removed in 1 piece?

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Old 02-11-11, 09:14 PM
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can a brick window sill be removed in 1 piece?

Hi, we are considering cutouts to make some of our windows larger (vertically; not changing width). We have a brick bungalow with brick exterior window sills (cement brick and no color match for it available in the city). Is it possible to cut the entire sill out and re-use it?
 
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Old 02-12-11, 05:35 AM
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So you are making the window openings taller? You can't go up, so you must go down. If the sill is made of the same brick as the house, you may be able to break them out one at a time and reinstall the entire row when you are finished. You won't be able to remove it as a unit. Take your time and don't go at it with a big hammer or you won't have anything to put back in for a window sill. You said "cement brick". Could you post a couple of pictures so we can see what you see? http://forum.doityourself.com/electr...your-post.html
 
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Thank you for responding. Here is the photo.

 

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Old 02-12-11, 12:03 PM
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A brickmason could probably cut and remove that easily and reuse bricks to fill in. You might be able to do it as well, with assistance from the Pro's here.
 
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So, it would have to be re-built (if all bricks are salvaged). A mason would cost a lot. How complicated would that be for an amateur?
 
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Old 02-12-11, 02:07 PM
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Not complicated. Tedious, but doable. First I would cut the mortar with a grinder as deep as possible. I think you will find these brick will remove fairly easily. As an ace in the hole, do the same to the brick below the sill. Remove them carefully in case you break one of the others, you will have a plan B.
 
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Thank you all for your help.
 
 

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