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Old 01-02-2018, 05:25 PM
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Maybe this gives you a better idea of the sticking out bricks.


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Old 01-02-2018, 05:28 PM
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Are the sticking out bricks a type of shelf?
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:29 PM
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Yes, sort of. But I hate them
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:33 PM
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I could see them in the previous picture but not as easily or well. I have no idea how to remove them but I bet it can be done.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:34 PM
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Could you build some kind of wooden box around them for a mantle? Like this?

https://www.hayneedle.com/product/be...BoC_KoQAvD_BwE
Might be easier than trying to remove them without damaging the other brick.


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Similar shelf at my house
Old 01-02-2018, 05:47 PM
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My bricks were sticking out like that,but mine across to make the whole mantle- no wood just a narrow ledge of a mantle. My contractor worked with the carpenter and the painter. The fireplace was primed and painted with Sherwin Williams paint formulated for brick. The carpenter designed a new wood mantle and attached it over the bricks that stuck out. I had a consultant from Sherwin Williams come out to the house to suggest paint colors.

Thank goodness for flood insurance. It paid for every replacement and enabled me to repair,remodel, and do much needed updates!
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:55 PM
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We had weird bricks like this too. We had them cut off with a special saw. Then I covered the area with a large photo because of course the bricks donít match when cut. You might be able to cut the front of the bricks off and glue on after you cut the rest of the brick off.
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I don't think there's a good option...
Old 01-02-2018, 06:00 PM
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with those bricks in terms of cutting. I would think the method of choice is to score the bricks and break them off. Quick too. But it would be obvious.

Personally I like the few bricks sticking out and if you decide to paint (I think it would look better) you might not mind those sticking out anymore. It's hard to know.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:42 PM
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Thanks. I could live with scoring, especially if I paint them.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:43 PM
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Oh, and there is one under the mantle to the right.😬


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Old 01-02-2018, 06:45 PM
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I love fireplaces! Once you remove those you can do something like this so I can live through you. Lol!!
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:23 PM
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Those are definitely weird! I think I would check with a brick mason to see how they can be made flush with the other bricks. If you are going to paint, it won't really matter if they look different after they are leveled off. Can't wait to see the finished project!
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:54 PM
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We had bricks all the way to the ceiling too--not with the oddly placed sticking out ones though (what designer thought THAT was a good idea?!?). We hated them so we took out 10 or 15 rows of bricks and gyprocked (sp?) the wall. As I recall, it took us an afternoon to tear the bricks off with a hammer and chisel.
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