Exposed Brick Wall - removing plaster

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Gioconda, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Gioconda

    Gioconda Guest

    Apologies if this has been addressed before - but how does one go abou
    removing the plaster from an internal wall (with windows) to get tha
    'loft apartment' look, with exposed brick work?

    Many thanks
     
    Gioconda, Mar 7, 2005
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  2. Crefully with a chisel.You can hire a kanga, which is basically a
    motorised chisel, by be cereful of damaging teh bricks.

    Once most is of, wire brush is gine for most of te resiude, unless
    bricks are very very soft.

    Then gallons of brick acid and water will get rid of the rest.

    Soaking the wall in water may wll soften the plaster up enough, and
    pressure washers also have their place.
     
    The Natural Philosopher, Mar 7, 2005
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    urchaidh Guest

    A lot depends on the age/type of the plaster and brickwork.

    I've been renovating the kicthen in our 100 year old house and the
    thick lime plaster comes off quite easily. The best tools seems to be a
    cold chisel to get started and smallish wrecking bar, once you have a
    gap you can ease the thin chisel end of the bar in under the edge of
    the plaster, working with the bar parallel to the wall, and pry away
    the plaster with little or no damage to the brick. If it's proving
    harder work, protect the brick with a thin piece of wood under the bar
    and try to chisel on the joints as you'll probably want to re-point
    later anyway.

    In our case it was only the plaster that was holding the wall together.
    The think beds of lime mortar could be removed with pencil and vacuum
    cleaner.

    And be prepared for more dust tahn you can ever imagine.
     
    urchaidh, Mar 7, 2005
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    Rob Morley Guest

    If you don't want to remove plaster (e.g. you've just stripped the
    wallpaper and you want to patch a couple of areas before repapering)
    then you can pull it off by hand in large pieces. If you do want to
    remove it then you will have to attack it with a bolster and lump
    hammer, and lots of it will be so securely attached to the underlying
    masonry that you end up removing bits of brick as well.
     
    Rob Morley, Mar 7, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    my plaster came off easily enough by whacking the wall with the side of a
    hammer and then ploughing through the soft grey render with a bricklaying
    trowel.
     
    Guest, Mar 7, 2005
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    bigcat Guest

    depends a bit on the age and thus hardness of the bricks. An SDS run at
    reduced speed should make quick work of it, but real care is needed to
    not damage the bricks. Use the chisel to push the plaster sideways
    rather than straight into the bricks.

    you dont think that would be liable to tak the whole wall down? Even an
    sds can knock the wall down if used enthusiastically on a lime mortar
    wall.

    yes, but never do that unless you know the bricks can take it. A good
    50% of housing would be very damaged by that, mostly Victorian houses.


    NT
     
    bigcat, Mar 7, 2005
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    Kevin Brady Guest

    Similar query, but for removing paint from brickwork (internal) - what works
    the best? Acid, paint stripper, or drill attachment wire brush? Approx 2 sq.
    m

    Cheers guys
     
    Kevin Brady, Mar 7, 2005
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    Mary Fisher Guest

    "Loft apartment" look?

    This weekend we've been camping in Lincoln Castle. Because the grass was
    waterlogged and we got there first we pitched on the only patch of gravel.
    No other tents were allowed.

    A hundred or more others were allowed to sleep in the Victorian prison
    cells. They had said 'loft apartment' look.

    A rose by another name!

    Mary
     
    Mary Fisher, Mar 7, 2005
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  9. Bare in mind that the walls which were intended to be plastered
    will have been built by the apprentice using the B-grade bricks.
    Don't presume you'll necessarily have nice tidy brickwork behind
    the plaster.
     
    Andrew Gabriel, Mar 7, 2005
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  10. Bear

    in mind that the walls which were intended to be plastered
    B garde bricks? Rubbish. They will be built of rubbish.
    Or indeed bricks at all!

    Flints, bits of broken brick, the odd rock, essentially what we would
    call 'hardcore'
     
    The Natural Philosopher, Mar 8, 2005
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  11. We have a little home made tool for this job, well several actually so
    that more people can work at the same time. It is basically a 4/5" nail
    with a big flat head welded at right angles onto a steel bar about 9"
    long, with a wooden handle. You hit the nail in at an angle with a
    hammer and then lever the out the mortar. Hope that makes sense. It is
    the best thing we have tried for softer mortar and fiddly bits. For
    heavier work we use an SDS drill.


    Holly, in France.
    Holiday home in the Dordogne,
    website: http://la-plaine.chez.tiscali.fr
     
    Holly, in France, Mar 8, 2005
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