Aug 05, 2007 5:35 pm
As my name states I'm clearly hopeless with all things reno - and I'm in need of help!!!
Our backyard is as small as they come and it has been done up (before we bought) in a mock country cottage style garden (I say mock because they haven't done a very good job). It makes the space look ten times smaller and renders it useless for anything really (giant garden bed smack bang in the middle, paving on one side/gravel around the sides and then only room for some ugly border plants).
Our front fence is made from some old bricks that match a small wall that we share with our neighbours (in the backyard) - that are also the same as a patch that is paved at the front of our deck.
The bit that is paved is too big and wastes too much valuable space (that could be lawn) - I would like to pull them up - but pull them up in a fashion so that I can re-use them else where in the garden (small path way etc).
Is there any secret to pulling them up? Can they even be re-used? What would I have to do to them to get them to the point of re-using? What equipment would I need?
TIA for anyone who is able to help hopeless old me
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?2
Aug 06, 2007 7:52 pm
Are the bricks packed in together or are they hed together with mortar?
Regardless just lift them with a crobar or mattock. If they have been mortared in you'll need a lump hammer, a cold-chisel and a few arvo's of boring tedious work to clean them up
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?3
Aug 06, 2007 7:59 pm
ummm Pretty sure they are put together with mortar.
Sounds like I've got a fun time of it ahead - is it very easy in terms of the labour in to chipping off the mortar? will I give this to my husband for a job to do??
Should I know anything else in terms of damaging the bricks? a way to hold it/a certain action.....Oh I'm such a novice -- or what ever comes before that - I think novice is reaching a bit high
Thankyou so much for your help - I reallllllllly appreciate it
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?4
Oct 15, 2007 9:06 am
purchse a cheap air compressor super cheap have them and purchase an air chisel you can get all this for around $200 speeds process up by 10 fold
when cleaning off bulk amounts of mortar no matter how you clean them expect a wastage of around 5 - 10 %
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?5
Oct 15, 2007 6:02 pm
Thanks everyone !!
In the end they came up easily - they were just packed together
And we are now selling the house and the potential buyers want as is so we don't have to worry about any of it - just leaving all the of the bricks sitting in a nice big pile for them to use if they want !
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?6
Oct 15, 2007 9:18 pm
And there in ****** a key item in selling a house.
Leave just enough work to the new onwers to think - hey I can do that and make my stamp on this hosue
But not so much work that they go - Holy Cow (insert other words) that place needs so much work - we will never have a life.
Enjoy your new place.
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?7
Oct 15, 2007 9:41 pm
We’re pulling ours up…..and throwing them away.
The builder….my neighbour…..put sooo much mortar on them their not worth cleaning!
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?8
Oct 17, 2007 10:58 am
I grab my trusty grinder with a dimond tip blade fitted and it makes very light work of cleaning mortar off bricks.However I have used these for a very long time, a novice would possibly expect some casualties (bricks that is ) before getting the feel for it.
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?9
Oct 17, 2007 12:17 pm
Fu Manchu…….is that you in the photo?????
ARE you PUSHING that plane somewhere?
Is it a plane?
Re: Pulling Up Brick Paving - Reusing?11
Oct 17, 2007 12:31 pm
I’ve had a better look at that photo!!! The person is on the noise of the plane while take off or landing!!
Clever photo fixing
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