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Old 03-10-2011, 08:25 AM   #16
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Yeah if you use a brick chisel and a 5# hammer remember to wear safety glasses and work gloves. This is probably the easiest and most manageable way for a do it yourselfer to do the job without making a big mess. Just make sure you either have a dumpster on hand to dispose the brick or have another use for it somewhere else like edging around your path or garden etc.

The bulk of the demo you can do yourself and save $$ but if your not comfortable with the rest well at least it will be all open for the proper trade to give you a quote on what needs to be done when everything is in the open.

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fyi - I took the brick to a concrete crushing facility near me. They used to charge me $10 bucks. This last time I went, there was no cost to dump some concrete I had from a basement bathroom rough in.

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fyi - I took the brick to a concrete crushing facility near me. They used to charge me $10 bucks. This last time I went, there was no cost to dump some concrete I had from a basement bathroom rough in.

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Forgive me if I have missed something, but I have looked through the posts a couple of times, and am still wondering. Where does the chimney from the wood burner lead? Where is the furnace stack? Do you have a brick chimney extending above your roof line? What do you have in the attic above this area? My point is that, for the most part, I agree that the brick was extended along the wall as part of the interior decor, but is some of it also functional? If it is in fact all decoration, a masonry chisel, heavy hammer, heavy gloves, and safety glasses and/or goggles, as Epson descibed, will work fine. Once you get a few of them loose, it moves along much better. I would also set up something to flying debris, and at least some of the dust, such as sheets of plwood or OSB, a tarp, or even some heavy plastic would help.

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