One of the most common reasons homeowners decide to cut into a brick wall is to install a door. If you are remodeling your home, or if you bought a home that is constructed primarily out of brick, you need to know how to complete this task properly and safely. If you do not have the skills or tools to do the job properly, consider hiring a professional to do the work for you.
Remember not to get in over your head. If at any point you find the operation too difficult, consult a contractor. You don't want to end up causing damage to your home, or injury to yourself. Do your homework before you start the job.
Determine What Lies Behind the Brick Wall
When you are cutting through a brick wall, you need to know what is on the other side. This way you will not inadvertently cut through any pipes or wiring. You will also want to make sure that you are not cutting through a load-bearing wall. If you are uncertain as to whether or not it is load-bearing, you should consult with a building inspector or building professional who can lead you in the right direction.
Measure the Doorway
Determine how tall and how wide you want the doorway to be. If you are going to install a door into the frame, take into account the exact dimensions of the door when you make your measurements on the wall. Use chalk to mark the areas where you want to cut through the brick. Before you make your first cut, double-check the measurements.
Wear Safety Gear
Do not forget to wear safety goggles and a face shield while you are cutting your new doorway if using a cut-off saw. You will also want to wear gloves to protect your hands from debris. Wear a mask so you do not breathe in the dust from cutting the brick wall.
Step 4 – Make the Cut
Cut through the marked area with the saw. Let the blade do the work; you should not have to force the blade nor should you. Use caution and do not be afraid to leave the work to the professionals if you feel unsafe or sure at any point. Research and know your subject before you tackle any job and do not improvise or compromise in safety or quality simply follow the instructions and you can do anything yourself.
Add the Lintel
After you make the cut and remove the debris, you will need to support the opening with a steel lintel. The lintel will go behind and beneath the brick wall to give it the added support you need. You will want to do this as soon as possible after you finish making the cut.
Clean the Brick
You may find that you have some ends sticking out from the new doorway. Chisel them away to make them smooth or you can cover them with trim. You will then be able to add your new door.
You now have a beautiful new entryway in your brick wall. This can be a great way to add a new room or create a feeling of openness.