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  • What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

    What do you guys do with the inevitable left over thinset, joint mud, grout, stucco, and all the other pucky that we use?

    And about the 5 gallon buckets... H-D sells these for $2 and change. Do you scrub your buckets out or just toss 'em at the end of the day?

    I usually scoop my left over mud or whatever into a cardboard box, let it cure, then toss it in the garbage.

    And even though I can't figure out why, I find myself compelled to scrub out those &*(^% buckets.

    I'm curious as to what everyone else is doing.
    Last edited by Andy_M; 02-14-2010, 02:15 AM.

  • #2
    Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

    I also put my left over mud, etc. in the trash and clean my buckets. I'm cheap.

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    • #3
      Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

      I clean my buckets and seem to never have enough of them,

      and since I live in the country I usually just water down and spread the left overs out thin on the drive way and let them revert back to sand and gravel,
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      • #4
        Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

        We let it dry in buckets and dump it with clean fill

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        • #5
          Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

          Originally posted by BHD View Post
          I clean my buckets and seem to never have enough of them,

          and since I live in the country I usually just water down and spread the left overs out thin on the drive way and let them revert back to sand and gravel,
          I do the same thing, I do the same thing with tile left overs, smash them up and use them as gravel on my d-way. Not into the whole "green" crap, but it is a cheap form of gravel to fill in pot holes and the frost spots I get every spring.

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          • #6
            Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

            i do the same BHD
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            • #7
              Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

              Thanks to those who keep the buckets just one more day. I'm the guy who needs a bucket every now and then. There is a "bucket hob-goblin" around here that eats mine. No other explanation as to their disappearance. I ride around until I see a new home construction (scarce here), or commercial remodel. I offer the mud guy's a buck-a-bucket as-is, where-is. I get the buckets, they get some change, we're all better off. David

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              • #8
                Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

                Good idea with the mud guys. I get mine at the local bakery already cleaned, but some smell like pickles, jelly, cinnamon, etc...

                As for getting rid of left over grout etc... I strongly encourage folks to just go ahead and pour it down the drain. Once it sets up, it will make your pipes stronger


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                • #9
                  Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

                  Originally posted by Gene Bickford View Post
                  Good idea with the mud guys. I get mine at the local bakery already cleaned, but some smell like pickles, jelly, cinnamon, etc...

                  As for getting rid of left over grout etc... I strongly encourage folks to just go ahead and pour it down the drain. Once it sets up, it will make your pipes stronger


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                  I will lay out news paper or card board and dump it on that then when it is cured, toss it. We used to do that with paint as well, before they started taking it for recycling. They wouldn't let us throw it out so cans and cans would build up in the shop so we would pour out the remainder in on newspaper and when it was dry it was legal to throw out. I just remember doing that as kid back in the 80's, now days I think people would throw a fit over that.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

                    Put it under gutters as a splashblock.

                    J.C.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

                      My better half takes the left-overs and makes decorative stepping stones that she sells. Some get sold to current and past customers, others she sells at our friends re-sale shop.
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                      • #12
                        Re: What do you do with mortar, joint mud, grout?

                        I also did the same, Gene- -Our local Firehouse Subs had a special on their used pickle buckets to raise monies for a local charity. Heck, I always could use an extra bucket, but ten (10) of them? I put them in my work trailer over a weekend and when I opened it I was overwhelmed with dill pickle vapors. I had to set those red buckets outside for at least a week before I could get within 15 feet of them. Let's see now, I have white ones, orange ones, blue ones, green ones, red ones, and two camouflage buckets. David, the bucket man.

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