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Last edited 14 Sep 2021
Dismantling of bricks for reuse
Some of the factors include:
- Surroundings and space available for demolishing
- Intended use of demolished bricks
- Removing bricks one by one using chipping hammer is slow but breaking the bricks can be better avoided. Dismantling is done by drilling holes to the mortar joint surrounding the brick. Any leftover mortar is cleaned from the brick. This is done by using a chisel.
- Electronic saw can be used to ease the process when knocking down a brick wall. Larger amount of bricks comes off at once which makes the demolishing fast, but it is more likely that some of the bricks will break. The bricks are collected and mortar may be removed by using a chisel. With this method collecting bricks is slower compared to when the dismantling is done by using a chipping hammer.
Demolished bricks are recommended to be piled up on pallets and secured with strong plastic wrap or straps to keep the bricks from falling. Brick pallets are moved by using a forklift and transport to the storage or straight to the intended reuse location. It is recommended to store the bricks in a sheltered place protected from water and large temperature fluctuations as these might harm bricks.
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