How To Demolish A Chimney
Demolishing a chimney can be a very tedious and dangerous job. Have a friend or neighbor help you with this project, and make sure you both take proper safety precautions.
Since a good portion of chimney demolition is above the roofline and above the ground, use scaffolding to provide a solid standing surface. It is a good idea to work in a team to provide counterbalance for each other while swinging a sledge hammer to dislodge the masonry.
Wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes from flying masonry chips and dust.
- Place plastic sheeting over the ground below the chimney to protect the lawn and landscaping as the bricks begin to fall.
- With scaffolding in place, climb to the roof level and begin swing a 2 weight sledgehammer at the chimney to begin to dislodge the bricks and masonry.
- Once the bricks are dislodged and removed down to the roof line, reset the scaffolding so that you can begin working at a lower level. If it's more convenient, use a ladder. At this point you may want to use a lighter sledgehammer or a crow bar to pry the masonry loose from the side of the building.
- Once you have all of the bricks and masonry removed, haul away the accumulated debris with a wheelbarrow.