How to Dismantle a Brick Fireplace
A good brick fireplace is that which is well constructed with high-end materials. Fireplaces can be made in many materials such as bricks, stones, marble, and tiles. The selection of the material is usually done, keeping in mind the ongoing trend. The fireplace adds more beauty and style to the décor of your house. If your fireplace is constructed out of bricks and you want to change it, then follow the easy steps described below.
Step 1 - Take Safety Precautions
Wear safety goggles and a pair of rubber gloves to dismantle the fireplace. Safety goggles will help protect your eyes from the dust particles that can be a source of distraction for you while you are working. Rubber gloves will protect your hands from dust and germs. It is important to take safety precautions as they help to protect you from unfortunate incidents.
Step 2 - Dismantle the Bricks from the Fireplace
Take a hammer and a chisel. Put the chisel on the brick. Now very carefully, with full force, hit the chisel with the hammer. This will break the brick. The brick will not break completely in one stroke so you need to hit the hammer again until the brick is fully broken into pieces. Repeat this process until all the bricks of the fireplace have been dismantled. Be extra careful when hitting the hammer, it can injure your hand or your finger.
Step 3 - Remove Mantle
Remove the mantle or any other object on the fireplace. You will also need to cut off pieces of bricks that will stick out of the fireplace after the hammering process. You need to create a flat surface so that it is easy for you to use other materials on your fireplace.
Step 4 - Clean the Fireplace
Remove any dirt or loose paint by using the wire brush. You can also use a power drill with a wire brush attachment instead of a wire brush.
Step 5 - Clean the Debris
Clean the dust and debris from the floor by using a vacuum cleaner. Clean the fireplace and make sure that is free from debris. If the fireplace is clean and the surface of the wall is flat then it will be very easy for you to put new material whether it is tiles or marble.
Step 6 - Make Final Touches
When the debris is clean and the fireplace is free from all the bricks, take a deep steel pan and mix cement and water in it. Put the cement on the wall of the fireplace. Make sure that all the area is fully covered with the cement. This will help the surface of the wall to be flat. The flat surface of the wall will be beneficial the next time you use any material on your fireplace. Let the cement dry completely. Water the cemented wall to make it stronger.