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Exposing brick - any warnings/suggestions?

I am doing a scaled-down remodel of a kitchen in our 1911 historic townhome, and I've just found brick behind these tacky wood panels in the kitchen. I am scared to expose them because there is quite a draft that poors through the electrical outlet when I remove it to look for the brick behind it. Does anyone have experience doing this? We have debated doing the demo ourselves since it's pretty basic removal of paneling, but we have no experience sealing brick or what sorts of issues we may run in to.
Thanks in advance!

Re: Exposing brick - any warnings/suggestions?

If the drafts only come from the outlets,you can get gaskets to go behind the cover plates.If not the mortar joints may need to be repointed.I don't know what this will cost.

Re: Exposing brick - any warnings/suggestions?

TOH's DC collaboration covered this. They re-pointed a lot of the wall and it looked great.

I would just put some expandable foam behind that outlet's junction box.

Real exposed brick sure sounds better than the faux brick paneling I see in so many kitchens.

Re: Exposing brick - any warnings/suggestions?

I would use a masonary sealer on the brick

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