How to Reuse Brick

Written by michelle hogan
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How to Reuse Brick
Old bricks can be reused in many household projects. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Brick is a classic, strong building material. Bricks can be a permanent solution, and removing them can be difficult. But once removed, bricks -- whether left whole or in pieces -- can be reused in many different ways. Preparing the bricks for reuse is important, as is coming up with a new project for the pile you are facing.

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Things you need

  • Brick hammer
  • Bucket
  • Muriatic acid

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  1. 1

    Soak the bricks in a bucket of water for about five minutes.

  2. 2

    Wear eye protection to protect against flying pieces of brick and mortar.

  3. 3

    Chip the mortar off of your bricks using the tapered end of a brick hammer. A brick hammer is about 8 inches long with a 1-inch-square head and a "slightly curved, tapered end," according to Bill and Kevin Burnett, home improvement columnists for Inman News.

  4. 4

    Soak the bricks again if you have trouble removing the mortar. Each brick may require a couple of trips to the water bucket to loosen the mortar.

  5. 5

    Use a solution of muriatic acid in water to loosen very stubborn mortar. Read the muriatic acid instructions for the proper mixing amount, as different brands require different measurements.

  6. 6

    Wear eye protection and rubber gloves when working with the muriatic acid solution. It can burn your skin.

  7. 7

    Use a wire brush to finish cleaning the bricks.

  8. 8

    Use your bricks in various projects, such as a new patio, a walkway, the space underneath a gutter, a brick barbecue, or a pad underneath a grill or other space.

  9. 9

    Donate your bricks to a building supply recycling store, such as Habitat for Humanity's ReStores.

  10. 10

    Offer your old bricks for free (or for sale if they are in really good condition) in your local paper or classified ad website.

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