One of the most ingenious methods of recycling materials which most likely gets over-looked is available in the form of a specialist, someone who reuses bricks from a brick wall or brick structure that needs to be taken down during the building and construction of an addition to a house, apartment, commercial property, etc.
In the Age of Recycling (yes, an intended pun), what would be the point in sending completely excellent bricks straight to a garbage dump? If we are to be efficient at recycling, our best strategy is to avoid (excess) waste, right? Here are some thoughts a brick specialist has when discussing his recommended tools and products while recycling the bricks from a brick wall, one brick at a time.
This job does not require a college degree, but it is an incredibly laborious undertaking, also bearing in mind the fate of your back from flexing and bending over throughout the day. The only materials required are (1) a bucket with water, (2) brick hammers, and (3) some muriatic acid for those stubborn cement-clinging bricks.
Individual bricks from a wall require that each brick be removed one brick at a time. The best method to do this and still keep the bricks intact is to be patient and methodical. Tapping the bricks away from the mortar might sound simple; however, it is a sure test of perseverance when, in the back of your mind, you continue to think of how much more easy the task would be if you were using a large sledgehammer to do the job!
Once the bricks individually removed from the wall, the specialist begins removing the mortar from each specific brick by cracking at it with the tapered end of the hammer. There will be some circumstances where the mortar is not going to come off so quickly and it is recommended that by placing the brick into a 5-gallon pail of water, sometimes needed to make it easier for the mortar to come off the brick. In cases where the mortar is still clinging onto the brick after a few dips in the water, attempt soaking the bricks in a mixture of water and muriatic acid. Please remember to pay close attention to the guidelines when utilizing muriatic acid and be sure to wear gloves and protective goggles. After the bricks have soaked in the acid and water mix, all mortar ought to come off by using a wire brush and simply cleaning them off.
Reuse the bricks anyhow you choose and leave the task knowing you’ve done your finest to recycle!