How to Remove Bullnose Brick

What You'll Need
Masonry Hammer
Liquid cleaner

A bullnose brick is a stone or brick which is used in construction. It typically has a rounded edge, or serves to blunt a corner. Bullnoses have been used in pool installations for a long while, but they can become easily damaged, or otherwise need replacing. Sometimes they look peculiar besides other features in the garden, or you may just have had enough of what is a rather ugly piece of masonry. If you wish to remove your bullnose brick, then you can have a professional come and do the job for you, for a cost, or you can try and do this yourself. All that this project requires is a little home improvement knowledge, and as long as you follow a few simple rules, you should be able to remove the bullnose brick from your pool.

Step 1 - Clearing the Pool

Your first task will be to drain and then clean the pool. The stone can fly in different directions, so it is a good idea to ensure that your pool has no water in, and you have a sheet or something similar positioned just below the bullnose brick. You may also want to clean the brick as much as possible, removing dirt and weeds with some liquid cleaner and an old sponge. The brick should be as clean as possible in order to make sure that you get a good strike of the stone.

Step 2 - Remove the Caulk

You should now try and remove the old caulk from around the edges of the stone. A chisel, or even the tip of a screwdriver, are probably best to get this job done. Put the tip of the chisel against the caulk, and tap gently with the hammer. This should lift up the caulk, or cause it to crumble. You can brush this away with your hands, or by using a dustpan and brush. Try and get as much of the caulk removed as you can before you break the stone, as this will help the bullnose brick to come away more cleanly, and you may even find that it becomes loose just by removing these layers of caulk.  

Step 3 - Break the Brick

Once the caulk has been removed, you can strike the brick several times with the hammer. It is a good idea to strike in the middle of the brick, in order to get a good hit, although if it has already been loosened by removing the caulk, you can just gently tap the side of the brick furthest away from the pool. The bullnose will either shatter, or will fall as one piece into the sheet. You can then move in and sweep the foundations clear of remaining debris.