How to Score and Cut Brick

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What You'll Need
Mason's chisel or brick chisel
Circular saw
Safety goggles
Safety mask
Hearing protection

Do you need to cut brick to fit an odd end or an angle? This article will simplify matters on how you will be able to do it, and you will discover it is not an awkward task to accomplish. You can either do it manually or with the aid of a circular saw.

Using Hammer and Chisel

You can cut brick using a hammer and chisel.

Step 1 - Mark the Brick

The first thing to do is to mark the brick on all sides. Either use a masonry pencil or chalk, along with a speed square to achieve a 90 degree line. Position the brick on soft ground, either on sand or soil. This will relieve the blow of the hammer and chisel.

Step 2 - Score the Brick

With the chisel, score along the chalk line, across all four lines. At this stage do not apply excessive force. You only need to score the brick some 3 millimeters or so. This will produce a groove in the brick along the scored line. Once this is done on all sides, apply one heavy sharp blow. This should split the brick in two. As you acquire more practice, you will be able to instinctively know how hard to hit the chisel with the hammer.

Step 3 - Trim

You now need to trim away rough points. For this, you can either use the chisel and hammer or preferably, if available, use a mason's hammer. The advantage of using the latter is that you can hold the hammer in one hand whilst guiding the brick with the other hand. With the hammer and chisel, you need to place the brick on the sand, employing both hands.

Trim the brick until you remove any rough spots.

Using a Circular Saw

A man uses a circular saw.

When you plan to cut more than one brick, using a circular saw will save a lot of time. This tool will not merely cut through the brick, but will also enable you to cut angles and designs. Circular saws can be utilized to cut wood and any other material, so long as you use the correct blade. For this project, attach a diamond tipped disc, which is capable of cutting the brick to whatever shape and angle you want.

Step 1 - Score the Brick

Use the same technique as above and mark the brick with chalk. In this case, you will need to use protective gear. Put on goggles, to protect your eyes, a mask, as a lot of dust will be emitted, and hearing protection, as this tool is rather noisy.

Position the brick on a solid ground. Switch on the circular saw and complete the cut. Make sure that the dust is discharged away from you, so as to have complete vision of what you are doing.

Step 2 - Trim the Brick

Should you need to trim a semi-circle in the brick, draw this beforehand. With the circular saw, cut a series of lines just before the marked line. Utilizing the chisel and hammer, chip away any surplus, carving out the curve. This technique can be used for almost any type of angle you might require.