Question: We are planning to remodel our kitchen and want to remove the decorative brick (Z-Brick) from the walls. Is there an easy way to remove it without damaging the dry wall?
Answer: I wish I could say yes, but I'd be a liar! If you applied the brick properly, the chances of removing it without damaging your plasterboard (or lath-and-plaster wall, for that matter) are slim to none. This is the word from several brick and tile experts and kitchen remodeling specialists I consulted.
The best you can do is to carefully chisel off the brick using a wide chisel and be prepared to use plenty of patching plaster. Follow the instructions on the package or get the premixed kind at a paint or lumber supply store. I prefer the premixed kind.
Q: I live in a tri-level home in which the upper floor can become very warm during heat waves or when Santa Ana conditions prevail. I have seen wind turbines used on some homes and have considered installing one or two to see if it would help reduce the heat. I was wondering if it would drive up the cost of heating the house in the winter. One salesman advises covering the turbines with plastic trash bags in the winter, but the turbine manufacturer specifically advises against this. Please help clear up some of the confusion!