We just bought a house where an old man lived for 27years. When he built the place, I doubt that he had any idea that the voids in the brick were weeping holes. I would like to fix them, but I'm not sure the best way to do it without hurting the bricks.

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    Sounds like a job for the Doctor and his Tardis.
    – JohnFx
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 22:59
  • If only...(sigh) Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 14:03
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    Have they been intentionally sealed with something? Or just clogged with trash mortar? Or something else? What exactly is wrong that you're trying to repair? Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 15:42
  • He has actually filled them in with mortar. It's not the same mortar used when the place was built and it looks messy. I would like to break it out so the weep hole are functional again. Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 16:36

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Use a Plugging Chisel.

A plugging chisel has a tapered edge for cleaning out hardened mortar. The chisel is held with one hand and struck with a hammer. The direction of the taper in the blade determines if the chisel cuts deep or runs shallow along the joint.

Plugging Chisel


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