Oh, there has to be a better way…

I was able to scrape out all the old thinset under the tiles I replaced on the kitchen/woodstove side of the Lair with scrapers and chisels. No fun, but doable. But what I mixed on the door side was somehow made of sterner stuff…

…as in a chisel barely touches it. If I hoped to finish scraping out the old thinset within the exhaustion range of a stiff old man, I had to do something I really didn’t want to do…

I’m barely more than half done with this part of the job and the entire (hopefully only the main room of the) cabin is thickly covered with mortar dust I’ll be cleaning up for probably the rest of the month.

Roughly ten seconds into the job I channeled my inner Zelda and rummaged around the tool side of the powershed for my respirator…

Hating life at present, but slowly gettin’er done.

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9 Responses to Oh, there has to be a better way…

  1. Ben says:

    Good job using your PPE!

  2. PaulB says:

    need a power chisel.

  3. R says:

    There’s scraper attachments for a sawzall but this is a project I’d attack with masonry disk on an angle grinder.

  4. Norman says:

    This probably won’t be very helpful because of insufficient electrons, but if you had a high volume fan and some plywood, opening the opposite side windows and making the front door an “exhaust port” would get rid of a lot of the dust.

  5. That’s funny! I almost suggested an angle grinder with a wire wheel in your earlier post – but I thought you might think I was just being mean.

  6. Oh… BTW – I’ve been told it’s a good idea to check the recommended rpm’s of the brush against the delivered rpm’s of the grinder…

    Prob’ly why you’re using the drill motor.

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, I’ve had bristles fly off with painful results if the brush is spun up too fast. The drill motor worked fine-although I learned quickly that this was not an application appropriate to the cordless drill.

  8. Malatrope says:

    Do you have an angle grinder? 40-grit flap disks might work a lot better for this job:


    If you don’t have an angle grinder, they make adaptors for drills:


    Of course, by now you are probably done with the job, and you’ll never do it again so there’s no sense gathering up tools you have no place to store…

  9. Zelda says:

    Ben, can you believe he really got out and used his respirator???
    A glorious PPE victory. Now about that battery maintenance…,

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