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Old 03-05-2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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Breaking up a brick floor - best tool?

HELP! I have an old brick & mortar floor I'm trying to break up. I'm finding it very heavy going trying to do it by hand with a hammer and cold chisel. My question is, what else can I use to make this quicker and easier? Can I use a pneumatic drill (jackhammer)? I am in a flat with a flat below me... The brick floor is actually beneath where an old shower used to be (built in the 1930s) and is 3-4 layers of brick deep, with large chunks of rock-hard mortar. Beneath it all is - I think - concrete floor (it is in the rest of the flat, at least). I'd really like to go at the bricks with a powerful tool, but am worried about causing damage to my neighbours below... Thanks for any advice you can give me.


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Old 03-06-2010, 04:10 AM   #2
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Rent a electric demo hammer. Probably use it to work the bricks up from under their edge. It provides pretty good control to minimize collateral damage.
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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I saw an episode of This Old House where they were removing a brick hearth. The technique used was to remove one brick by destructive means, then pry the remaining bricks up using a flat bar (crowbar). Worked like a charm, the bricks were intact and were reusable in principle.
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