How to Replace Spalling Bricks

Freezing and thawing water in brick can cause flaking and spalling, which ruins the brick.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Cold chisel
  • Level
  • Extension cord
  • Dust mask
  • Hearing protection
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer
  • Spade
  • Utility knife
  • Trowel

You'll also need a masonry blade for your circular saw to cut the brick

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Brick
  • Landscape fabric
  • Gravel
  • Drain tile
  • Mortar