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Old 06-25-2010, 06:53 PM
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Another big step, the arch form is as good as it is going to get. I am hoping my mortar joints will make up for the extra space between the top bricks.

I figured go big or go home. The whole neighborhood is now informed of "that thing in your yard". They are all looking foreward to Pizza, little do they know that they are all going to be involved in the after pizza bakes, bring your oven proof overnight dish and we will fill the oven up.

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Old 07-17-2010, 08:10 PM
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Here is my attempt at brickwork. At quite a distance it looks ok.

How do I remove the mortar from the face of the bricks? Or do I live with it?
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:32 PM
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You can buy muriatic acid and dilute it 10 to 1 with water to clean the brick or buy a product called Sure Clean 600 and use it at the same dilution. Both work, but the 600 is a tad safer to use. In either case, wear protective clothing including eye, lung, and skin protection.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:44 AM
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Tom,

Do I need to scrub with a wire brush or does it just dissolve the mortar? What is the best practice with the solution?
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:04 PM
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It will remove the haze and up to about 1/16th of mortar, above that you will have to wire brush it (for a small application like this, I would get a disposable spray bottle so you can spot apply it to thick areas).

I also would not use either on firebrick unless they were 100% saturated. The brick and everything around it should be thoroughly saturated anyway, to prevent the acid from soaking into the masonry or killing grass, etc. Always use a lot of low pressure water when washing to dilute the acid after use. DO NOT use a pressure washer!
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:26 PM
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1. Scape excess and wire brush if necessary
2. spray/soak surface with water
3. apply solution
4. wash off

Is that correct?
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:55 PM
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That will work, but it is more work than needed:

1. spray/soak surface with water
2. apply solution
3. Scape excess and wire brush if necessary
3. Repeat 2 and 3 as needed
4. wash off
5. wash off some more
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:29 PM
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The brick is done.

Cleaning is next.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:33 PM
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Sorry, Here are the photos, the structural engineer is at work keeping the mortar moist.

Cleanup is next !
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:18 PM
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Looking good! The sweet spot for cleaning in the summer is within 2 days, after that it gets progressively harder to clean.
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