Cutting bricks......


Is there an easy way of breaking a common brick in half with just bog standard tools or do I need some complicated cutting thing.....?!
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Hammer and bolster chisel works well. You will not get perfect edges but can still leave the face of the brick looking good.
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wrote:

the usual approach.
Brickies just use a clout of their trowel to chop them in half as they pick them up!
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Yes... I'd love to know how many completely smashed bricks (and thumbs?) it takes before they learn to do that consistently...! I guess it's a rare skill, equivalent to the way sparks never ever cut through the copper strand by mistake, and manage to connect up outlets with so little slack you can never gain access to the screws on the back of sockets... :-((
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Get a wide bolster chisle from Wickes or wherever (about the width of the brick). Lay the brick on a flat cleanish surface. Place the bolster on the back of the brick where you want to cut it. Hit the bolster reasonably hard with a club hammer. (you are not aiming to cut through on this first hit, you just want to let the brick know you mean it - it starts an invisible stress fracture). Turn the brick over, and line the bolster up again on the face edge. Hit the bolster harder this time, and it should cut through the brick cleanly.
Practise on some gash bricks, and you'll soon get the hang of it!
Wear eye protection (and to meet EU regs, ear defenders, steel boots, kneepads, goggles, riggers gloves, donkey jacket etc!)
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If they are pin hole bricks they are a bugger to cut

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What is a pin hole brick? One with the 3 holes throught it?
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heard it used in the Navy.Sorrry for straying fom the subject.
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It got into the local jargon where I work after a Zimbabwean bloke worked with us a few years back. He was a real "squirrel" or "uncle Bulgaria" type and used to carefully save any "gash" bits and pieces that looked useful. Often they were later on, but would he part with his gash bits and pieces? - not without promises of beer he wouldnt!
Was it true that in the navy seagulls were renamed shyte hawks?
Anyhow, back to the topic: Three hole bricks are a bit trickier, cause they will split where they want to & not where you want: Use the bolster and a whack on each side, as described already, but try hitting them on the top and bottom, instead of the back and face edges. (Basically with these you can forget anything other than a half brick cut). Order ample extra for cutting errors!
'course you could always use a disk cutter if you can get hold of one, that will slice them really easily, wherever you want.
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