Best way to remove mortar from bluestone?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by proscapesvirginia, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. proscapesvirginia

    proscapesvirginia LawnSite Member
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    Anyone have any best practices around removing mortar from reclaimed bluestone originally wet laid? My customer just had a large walkway demoed and wants us to use the old intact bluestone for a dry laid walkway in another area. Most of the mortar knocks off pretty easy but there is still a thin layer of residual here and there. I know a muriatic acid solution will probably discolor the porous stone. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    is the mortar on both sides? if not why worry about the residual layer. for the larger pieces i would use a small air chisel. even if the mortar comes off easy this makes it a one hand operation and much faster than a hammer and chisel.
     
  3. proscapesvirginia

    proscapesvirginia LawnSite Member
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    It's only an issue around some of the edges actually. Jason, I see your in Mays Landing. I grew up in Woodstown/Salem County area. How's business up there?
     
  4. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    I can't complain, it has slowed a little lately, but it has been booming here for the past 7 years or more. we have been busy all season, just a little slow right now. you could try a wire cup on a grinder, not sure it will work, but it can't hurt to try.
     

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