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Topic by dannyfixit posted 09-28-2011 04:46 AM 2813 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dannyfixit

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09-28-2011 04:46 AM

My son’s 1860’s home used to have vines growing on it. Previous owners had pulled them off, but the vines left their nasty little “legs” and some of the vine bark. The old house is painted brick. In 1994 the house was “restored” by some trade apprentice group.

So, the question and concerns are…

- How to remove the vine trails? Scraping/grinding/sanding is an option. The major concern will be LEAD in the paint.

Plan to test for lead. I am familiar with the lead abatement issues and methods. Thinking that MAYBE, the prior renovation (since it was professionally supervised) may have removed it or encapsulated it.

Any ways to dissolve the organic matter, thus not disturbing the brick nor the possible lead?

How would you do it?

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stephenandy

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10-01-2013 05:19 AM

Cover the vine root area with a thick layer of mulch, about 4 to 6 inches deep to help suppress new growth. Do not apply the mulch directly against the main stems and trunks of hedge plants…

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stephenandy

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10-31-2013 06:50 AM

The only way is to get some heavy work gloves and a heavy duty pruning tool, cut them and pull them down. Ideally you need to dig up the root to keep them from coming back. .

-- Stephen Andy, USA, http://www.ServiceGarageDoors.us/

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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11-11-2013 11:43 AM

I’ve seen that stuff on my dad’s house take years to wear away. His brick was very textured and rough, though, not like yours, so you may be able to do some scraping in select areas. No harm in trying.

As for the lead concern, if you scrape without creating dust or disturbing the paint itself, you’ll be okay.

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dannyfixit

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11-13-2013 08:05 PM

As stated and shown in the pictures, the vines are dead and bulk have been pulled off. Only trailings of them remain.

Issue is to remove the vine trails, assuming the paint is lead based. Since the house is built in 1860, the bricks are not fired to the same hardness as later bricks (aka 1880+), thus extremely soft. Cannot pressure wash nor sandblast or you will take the bricks right out. Scraping without dust or messing the paint would seem about as productive as picking all of them off with tweezers or toothpicks. could not finish it within my lifetime.

Thanks for the input…

-- - Follow your passion...

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Lanethenovice

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11-30-2013 07:51 AM

Oh man!!! Good luck with those vines. Looks pretty nasty!

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dannyfixit

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12-09-2013 07:41 PM

As stated and shown in the pictures, the vines are dead and bulk have been pulled off. Only trailings of them remain.

Issue is to remove the vine trails, assuming the paint is lead based. Since the house is built in 1860, the bricks are not fired to the same hardness as later bricks (aka 1880+), thus extremely soft. Cannot pressure wash nor sandblast or you will take the bricks right out. Scraping without dust or messing the paint would seem about as productive as picking all of them off with tweezers or toothpicks. could not finish it within my lifetime.

Thanks for the input…

-- - Follow your passion...

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