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Old 11-09-2008, 10:17 AM  
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I want to use some ceramic tile to reface an old brick fireplace. I also plan on cutting out some of the old bricks as the fireplace dominates a small room.

1. Would it be better to use a circular saw and diamond blade or an oscillating blade as on the Fein multimaster to cut through the mortar? I may also need to cut a few bricks in half due to the pattern that exists in the brickwork.

2. Should I just go over the bricks with thinset or apply backerboard first. There should be a lot of grip on the bricks with all the surfaces at different angles. Backboard would probably give me a chance to make the tiles line up better with fewer cuts.

Thanks for all your suggestions.


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Old 11-09-2008, 10:29 AM  
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A 6" grinder with a diamond wheel is usually the best. But the dust is a killer. Backer board should not be necessary but you do need a smooth surface You might be better off to apply a couple of coats of a good quality thinset to the bricks, letting it cure between coats. This will give you a good idea where your trouble areas could be.
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I would go with a circular saw it will make your job a lot easier.
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