How to Remove Faux Brick

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Sometimes the decor in older buildings does not translate well into the present day. Certain features can date your house, making it seem like a time capsule. One of the chief culprits of this dating is faux brick. You can remove faux brick by checking for asbestos and following these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Tarp or drop cloth
  • Circular saw
  • Abrasive blade
  • Pry bar
  • Cut a small section of the faux brick from the wall and have it tested. Until after the 1970s, faux brick was often made with asbestos. It is imperative you get the faux brick tested before you continue if your house may contain asbestos. If asbestos is present, hire a professional to remove the faux brick for you, or leave it in place and cover it with some other material like drywall -- after it's been thoroughly sealed. If asbestos is not present, proceed with removing the faux brick.

  • Lay down a tarp or drop cloth on the floor to help collect any dust that may result from the process of removing the faux brick. Turn of the circuits in the room.

  • Put an abrasive blade on your circular saw. Set the blade so it's at a shallow depth. One-half of an inch will work well, as it will not cut into any electrical wires behind the faux brick.

  • Cut a small square in the faux brick. Insert the pry bar into the square and work the faux brick from the wall by pressing the pry bar handle to the wall.

  • Cut more squares into the faux bricks if the wall you are working on is large. Insert the pry bar in the hole and continue the process.

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