How does one move the brick holding the wooden mantel of a fireplace?

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  • Beth Beth on Nov 21, 2017
    Are you moving the brick, or removing it? I guess the first step is to remove the mantel. It has to be bolted into the wall all along the length. Probably every 16" in order to hit a stud. If you're permanently removing the brick, like I did, just get out your sledge hammer and enjoy. If you're only removing a few bricks, use a chisel to pick away at it.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 21, 2017
    With great care in case it all comes tumbling down........
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 21, 2017
    What is it that you are hoping to achieve by removing the brick? Please post a picture of the fireplace, telling a little more about the look you are aiming for. That way more Hometalkers could see exactly what you have now to work with, and would be able to give answers that are specific to your situation.
  • Debby Ford Debby Ford on Nov 22, 2017
    l Are you asking how to "Remove" the brick? You need to know if it's full brick ( you may need a sledge hammer to remove) OR if it's only a thin brick "facade" (pronounced "fa sod") then a hammer and a chise may be all you need to pry it off.
  • Debby Ford Debby Ford on Nov 22, 2017
    Sorry for the typo at the beginning - while typing it just jumped to the beginning at mid point!