Congratulations on picking the ideal location for both laundry and
vent. Been there, done that and it's worth all the work for the
convenience. Assuming you are going through a brick veneer, an outlet
screen or louvers will be used to direct flow, keep out varmints,
whatever. Since it will be nominally square, the necessary bricks can
be removed with an angle grinder and diamond blade like the $2 Harbor
Freight 41743 and also their 32400 diamond hole saw, $6 IIRC. Ought to
be less destructive than a hammer drill, likely slower, but neater.
Depends on the brick. I cuts some Mexican-made bricks (colored sand and
potato paste) with the HF multifunction tool. They were not much harder than
the grout (mortar) used to hold the bricks in place.
Anway, you can also use the HF masonry blades in an angle grinder.
Almost anythting you can do to cut thru the bricks rather than hammer
and chisel is preferable. You can't always control where things break
when you hammer and chisel, with cutting you at least have better than
a 50-50 proposition.
That's what I did for the dryer in our kitchen. In our case the outer layer
of brick is decorative with the inner skin being block. I addressed the
outside first so that I minimised the number of bricks being cut,( I also
have saved some original bricks from when the house was built).
If ever the kitchen gets remodelled, I shall have matching bricks to replace
the cut and removed bricks.
Have fun up the ladder!
Thanks. This is a brick ranch with full size bricks. I've got an air
hammer and will carefully chisel out the hole. Going to be a lot of
work but that's what I've already got and money is tight. I've done
some brick and masonary work in the past so that will help. And being
a ranch house the vent will be floor level so outside it should be
about mid chest working level so no ladder needed thank god.
I don't know what size bricks you might have.
I just tried to Google for standard UK size without success. From
recollection, I created the hole for our vent almost 30 years ago by
effectively removing one brick and nibbling into the corners of two bricks
above to fit a 4 inch waste pipe; that way I have only three to replace if
necessary, possibly only one as the intrusions into the other two are so
minor that additional mortar might not be noticed. To date, replacement
machines and minor changes inside have not caused me to have to alter the
exterior. Perhaps I have more influence over SWMBO'd than I thought!
Pleased to hear that you don't have a ladder to contend with.
Should be a piece of cake but I still wish you luck.
On Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:04:36 -0400, "Jeff The Drunk"
Go to your local rent-all and rent a big hammer drill and a 4" core
bit. It's about a 20 minute job, and the pipe fits PERFECTLY. hardly
need to caulk the hole. About $50 locally to rent. Or $16 - $25 just
to rent the core drill if you have access to a Kango or Hilti type
hammer drill (electric jack-hammer)
Might want to call for help, on this one. The tooling can
get expensive. The one guy I knew did this with what's
called a SDS drill (hammer drill variation). I've also heard
of a guy who opened up a stove pipe vent with an AR-15
semiautomatic rifle, and a couple box of military ball ammo.
My only suggestion has to do with locating the hole on the outside. By
transferring some measurements from the inside where you want the vent to be
to the outside will fairly accurately locate where the outside hole will go
But, from there, you may want to drill a small pilot hole from the outside
through the mortar between the bricks where you want the center of the hole
to go. Then check on the inside to make sure it's right. By choosing
exactly where you want the center of the hole to go (by drilling in from the
outside), you'll be able to choose exactly which bricks and parts of bricks
will need to be removed.
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