How to remove a brick wall

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Properly built brick walls are normally very sturdy. They’re also surprisingly easy to knock down. We explain what’s involved in knocking a wall down and show you how to do it without damaging the rest of the structure. We include what tools to use, where you need to be careful and what you can expect to find while you’re doing the job.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove the quad moulding from the eaves
2 Remove the top few layers of bricks
3 Remove brick ties
4 Remove lower layers of bricks
  • Step 1. Remove the quad moulding from the eaves

    Before knocking down any wall, check with a Structural Engineer to make sure it’s not holding your roof up. Then remove the quad moulding that covers the gap between the wall and the eaves, using a wrecking bar. A lot of older houses have asbestos board on the underside of the eaves so be careful not to damage the eaves.
  • Step 2. Remove the top few layers of bricks

    Use a mash hammer and wrecking bar to ease out the top bricks. You want to avoid damaging the underside of the eaves or any door or window frames. Use the mash hammer to displace the bricks. Then use the wrecking bar to loosen the mortar and pry out bricks.
  • Step 3. Remove brick ties

    Brick veneer houses often use brick ties to connect the walls to the internal timber frame. As you remove a brick wall, you’ll come across a number of these ties. Simply knock away any mortar holding them to the bricks and shift them out of the way.
  • Step 4. Remove lower layers of bricks

    Once the brickwork has been removed from around the doors and windows, use the sledgehammer to remove the rest of the wall. You want sure footing when you are swinging a tool like a sledgehammer. So keep clearing your work area as you go. It’s also a good idea to wear work boots with steel toe caps.
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