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    Question best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    What is the best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks? Does it help to soak in cold or hot water? should I do it when bricks are frozen? what about using a air hammer with a chisel. Any tricks or advice would be greatly appreciated. Are there any good youtube vids on this?

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    Depending on the amount of mortar on the bricks, the condition and age of the bricks or the amount of time on your hand, you can safely do it with a cold chisel and a mason hammer. Gently tap on the mortar with these two tools, a long and slow process. Some bricks will break, for sure, so be ready.

    Sometimes it's cheaper to replace the bricks with new ones, you do the math.

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    If it's old lime mortar, it will often pop off easily with just a brick hammer. If it's portland mortar, it will usually take a good amount of the brick with it when you break it off.
    Casey
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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    The traditional way is to use brick hammers and a boatload of patience. You can also use a wet saw if you can get one that cuts deeply enough.

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    Howdy, i have removed a little old mortar with light hammer taps to it while supporting the brick on an old scrap of cement. Having the mortar overhang the edge of the cement below woks real goo breaking less brick and less force needed to remove the mortar. But on old brick have not tried wetting it- has anyone?

    Anyone make a bagged premix lime& white cement sand mortar mix?
    Any an all of my comments are just my opinion and not to be confused with facts.

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    You may want to look at the following:
    Trow & Holder
    Check the following tools
    Bush Hammer
    Pheumatic Mortar Removal Set.
    Also ask about the Bush tool made for Dillon it is 2 inches Sq.works great for cleaning brick.
    Tim as for your question about lime cement mortar mix check the following:
    A.W. Cook Cement Prodocts
    242 Amy Industrail Boulevard
    Hoschton, GA. 30548
    also chech Virginia Lime Works.
    And Gouchie Lime in PA.

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    Virginia Lime Works has a bagged lime mortar; I think they call it Mix-n-Go.
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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    Default Re: best way to remove mortar from salvaged bricks

    Howdy! Thanks guys for the lime mortar info.
    Any an all of my comments are just my opinion and not to be confused with facts.

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