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... :-((
Get a wide bolster chisle from Wickes or wherever (about the width of the
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
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!)
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
'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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