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  • Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

    We've all had the experience of the half-used concrete mix or mortar under the workbench that turns into a giant rock in a paper sack after awhile.

    These products have a shelf life, usually 12 months or thereabouts. However, if you notice clumps in your thinset... I wouldn't use it. At least not to set tile.

    Another problem that many of us have is old cans of paint. What do you do with the stuff? In most areas, it's illegal to put in the trash as a liquid, and a pain to wait for it to dry to solid. If you leave it out to dry and forget about it, Murphy says it will rain and you'll have a king-sized mess to deal with.

    There's stuff you can buy for a few bucks to harden a can of paint.

    But... you can also use those questionable half-used sacks of mortar to harden up that paint. In fact, it's probably cheaper to buy a sack of cement than it is to buy the paint hardening stuff.

    Just an idea I've been using, FWIW.

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    Re: Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

    landfill sites will take the mortar...paint can be recycled into new paint for industrial/commercial uses

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      Re: Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

      couple handfuls of cat litte in the paint dries it right out, cant be much cheaper than that

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        Re: Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

        Originally posted by wrench spinner View Post
        couple handfuls of cat litte in the paint dries it right out, cant be much cheaper than that
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          Re: Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

          Originally posted by wrench spinner View Post
          couple handfuls of cat litte in the paint dries it right out, cant be much cheaper than that
          Great idea if you have a cat! Not as cheap as expired thinset though, if you have to run out to get some kitty litter!

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          • #6
            Re: Use for old thinset, mortar, cement

            In Canada Home Depot takes back all types of used paints for free....just drop it off at the returns desk in the "old paints buggy "....Push the US Home Depots to do the same!

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