Cleaning Bricks

BRICKS TO CLEAN

As we hand removed some of the bricks from the chimney and walls, I stacked them into  piles.  By getting 2 saw horses and placing a 4 cm plank across the saw horses, I began cleaning the bricks.

HAND REMOVING BRICKS 2

I purchased a brick cleaning bolster, but they are pretty useless.  The best thing I found is a small tomahawk, a mallet and a chisel.  A tomohawk is great for removing lime and sand mortar, but when there is harder concrete to remove you will need to use a mallet and chisel.  And for the girls the must have is paw paw ointment, then cotton gloves, and then riggers hard wearing gloves. Then you will have lovely soft hands….Well sort of….!!!!

CLEANING BRICKS

This is my first day of brick cleaning. I thought I had done so well.  But had only done about 130. Only 1200 to go.

LARGER PILE

Sometimes under pressure you need to clean bricks in the rain… Which actually is a peaceful thing to do….Believe it or not.

IN THE RAIN 2

Exactly 1450 bricks cleaned. Not that I m counting.  Believe it or not it is a rewarding thing to do. Especially when you get to the end. Cleaning bricks is such a menial task, it gives you time to plan, organise and take notes at the same time.

1450 CLEANED BRICKS 2

Sometimes at the end of the day after cleaning bricks, I lean on the fence and admire my neighbours garden.  It gives me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

CHRIS GARDEN