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Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
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  I recently purchased 10 antique tiles from a salvage company with the intention of creating a decorative panel. Most of the titles are nice and clean, unfortunately a few brought part of the house…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Marder Apr 9.

Beloved by squirrels and grackels
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   Before my eaves are completely wrapped in hardware cloth does anyone have any suggestions for squirrel and grackel proofing my box eaves and soffits?  Just spent $200 having my attic checked and a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen R. Ash Jul 1, 2016.

Window glazing, inside or outside?
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   Hello.  I'm in the process of switching out the glass in my sidelights and it dawned on me that the sidelights are glazed on the inside but my windows are glazed on the outside.  Is it normal to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amanda Stroud Dec 9, 2015.

Remuddling
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    Morning.  This is not my usual hang out, 1909 homeowner, but it concerns a 1950s rambler.  This was the cover of Saturday's Real Estate section of The Washington Post.  All I can say is Good…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amanda Stroud Jul 13, 2016.

 

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Randall Marder replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"I once set a floor with tiles from French will old mortar still left on all the backs.  I set all the tiles into a wet mortar mix base and push them into the the mix one by one. I ran sting from one end of the room to the other to avoid losing…"
Apr 9
Michele Hamlin replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Have you tried just soaking them in plain water for a couple of days?  Plaster is affected by water and so is the old fashioned grout. "
Apr 8
Donald Shore replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"The best way is to cut/grind, I think.  Acid is possible,  but I have to say the acid is problematic.  If the body absorbs the acid it may affect the adhesion in the future may be compromised. My experience is that  a good…"
Mar 2
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"   That was an option I was considering if the acid didn't work.  Had vision of the tiles breaking if I tried to do it so thanks for the suggestion to go with a professional.  If the acid doesn't work I may turn the…"
Feb 27
KARODY ROBBINS replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Let us know your results on this!  I just picked up thousands of hex and subway tiles from a pile in the yard of the 1885 house we are rehabbing and would love to use them.  But they also have this type of cement plaster on the back."
Feb 23
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Thanks for the "VOC" reminder.  I did the vinegar and water thing once on my floors then vowed never again.  Amanda (WV)"
Jan 28
Franz replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Preferably brown vinegar. It's a fairly cheap acid and won't harm the ceramic. I would suggest doing the job outside unless you have an infatuation for the vinegar aroma."
Jan 27
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Actually have the acid on hand.  Just regular old vinegar from the grocery store would work?"
Jan 27
Franz replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"Tile is ceramic blob is either plaster or some form of concrete. Start by soaking the plaster side in vinegar, that should soften it so it can be scraped off with a stick Vinegar or even muriatic acid won't hurt the tile, but don't get in…"
Jan 27
Amanda Stroud posted a discussion

Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles

  I recently purchased 10 antique tiles from a salvage company with the intention of creating a decorative panel. Most of the titles are nice and clean, unfortunately a few brought part of the house within them.  Any ideas on how to remove it without damaging the tiles?  The tiles themselves are in pretty great shape.  See attached photos. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated,Amanda (WV)…See More
Jan 26
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Remuddling
"Amen!"
Jul 13, 2016
StoneHouseGuy replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Remuddling
".....  that makes me sad. "
Jul 13, 2016
Amanda Stroud replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Remuddling
"Unfortunatel"
Jul 13, 2016
StoneHouseGuy replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Remuddling
"I think they got the positions of the before and after photos confused .... at least I hope they did ... what a mess."
Jul 13, 2016
Stephen R. Ash replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Beloved by squirrels and grackels
"You might consider covering your gutters with GutterShed plates. These are metal plates with tiny perforations that are powder-coated in black. They hook to the outside lip of the gutters and lay on the roof surface, where water separates from…"
Jul 1, 2016
Franz replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Beloved by squirrels and grackels
"Check the LiquidFence web site to see if they have a repellent for your little pals."
Jun 21, 2016

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