I have a metal hook that has been put into hole in a brick wall using concrete. I am wanting to remove it as a piece of the hook snapped off. What is the easiest way to remove this hook and replace? Or am I better off contracting this project out? Who would you typically hire to do this kind of work? What would it run? I do have access to a decent amount of power tools and have attached a picture for reference.
But you've got brick which is crumbly, and you want it secure against theft and pull out. Thus you should consider drilling a slightly larger hole, cleaning out yet better, and setting a new bolt with epoxy.
The old bolt will likely pull out with a pry bar or screwdriver with a twist. You may be shocked how easy it comes out of mortar.
If you need to hire, hire a "handyperson" or "handy".
Since the hook is embedded in mortar my recommendation is to do the following:
- Using heavy duty pliers attempt to remove the hook or loosen it by twisting back and forth
- If this fails, use a small stone chisel to carefully chip away the mortar around the hook. If the hook comes out with the pliers you should still dig out the mortar a bit more around the opening.
- Make a small batch of brick mortar (if you don't know what to buy, tell the local hardware store you need to 'repoint' some bricks in a few places and just need the right mortar.
- Using a bag with a nozzle (like a piping bag for baking, they make them for mortar as well but you can get by with a trash bag with a small hole cut out in the corner), inject the new mortar into the hole. Be sure to work the mortar in fully and get out any air pockets.
- Insert the replacement hook in the wet mortar
- Allow to cure fully and enjoy your fixed hook