How To Take Down A Brick Wall

How To Take Down A Brick Wall

Once you’ve read through this preparation checklist and feel confident to begin your project, start reading the following steps carefully. It’s vital that you read Preparing To Take Down A Brick Wall first, as there are often regulations imposed by local authorities pertaining to the take-down process.

Once you’ve got your permit, the engineer’s go-ahead, and all your gear, it’s time to start taking down your brick wall.

You’re going to need these necessities for the project. Check out our essential bricklaying tools blog for other tools that may come in handy!

  • A sturdy ladder or scaffolding
  • Air Chisel or hand chisel
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Wheel Barrow (for disposal of bricks)
  • Plywood (for protecting the floor from falling bricks)

Step I:

Place the ladder or scaffolding against the wall you wish to take down. are the safest option but may not be an option if you’re working in a tight space.

Step II:

You will begin taking the brick wall down from the top to the bottom. Start by inserting your air chisel, or hand chisel and hammer, between the top and second row of bricks. Chisel on the mortar joint between these two rows until the bond between the rows is broken. Chisel until you can take the top brick off.

Step III:

Continue this process, removing the top layer bricks first, and then working your way down to the next row until you have removed the entire wall. Drop the loose bricks onto the plywood below, or straight into the wheelbarrow for quicker removal.

Step IV:

If you come across any terminated pipe through the procedure, use your saw to cut and remove metal and PVC pipes. Place these into the wheelbarrow for a quicker cleanup.

Step V:

Once the wall has been chiseled down to the very last brick, use your wheelbarrow to dispose of the bricks and pipes you may have had to cut away. There are plenty of ways in which you can reuse bricks, either through more small DIY projects or by donating them to local community upliftment programs.


The process is simple, yet it can take a great deal of time and effort to take down a brick wall. Before beginning the process, make sure you read through Preparing To Take Down A Brick Wall and Essential Bricklaying Tools. If you find yourself struggling with the process, call up your local bricklayer for guidance.

Gabriel Weiner
Author: Gabriel Weiner

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