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Unread 04-22-2019, 12:24 PM   #1
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I need to remove some bricks that are grouted / mortared in, for 1'x1' footings. What would be a good way to get the first one out cleanly? Use a multi tool and go at the grout joint? Use a big bar, or drill some 1" holes in the brick and just break the brick out?
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Drill some holes in the brick, then break it up.

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Saw cut the foot by foot footing area and it will come right out


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That won't work Windy as I need to piece the bricks back in around the 6x6 posts on standoff bases.
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Ok im assuming they are mortared in?


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It looks like it to me but won't know for sure until I go over there on Wed.
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Good excuse to buy an arbor tech saw.

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Cut the long joints with a 14 " gas or electric cut off saw,drill the short joints . The 14 " saw will give you a full depth cut.
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I'm only going for about a 10" square opening thru the brick, I'll widen the footing underneath when digging it.
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Nah,I own three of them,they are great for old lime mortar,on hard portland,they will just hop around and shake your teeth out.
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Good to know. I've never seen in real life.
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Nah,I own three of them,they are great for old lime mortar,on hard portland,they will just hop around and shake your teeth out.


Plus they are about a grand!


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Yeah,with soft lime mortar,they work just like the commercial. Not even close with the harder portland.
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On the right restoration job,they will pay for themselves in a heart beat,just don't try attacking hard mortar with them,you will be severely disappointed .
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On the right restoration job,they will pay for themselves in a heart beat,just don't try attacking hard mortar with them,you will be severely disappointed .


Yea i had that experience!

I bought my own in January and have yet to use it


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On old lime mortar they will cut out spalled brick very nicely,you will be very happy.I can't begin to count the old solid brick (Chicago commons especially) we are able to cut out and if not in terrible shape,reverse and put back in for a perfect match. With just about any other method you will spent an inordinate amount of time trying to save them.
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I'm pretty good with a grinder, id put a 7" blade on one, be careful though.
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For cutting the grout cleanly what's a good type of multi tool blade?
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Bosch tuckpoint grinder with vacuum.
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