cleanup/disposal after mortar and concrete on small to medium jobs

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Old 06-09-16, 10:14 AM
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Question cleanup/disposal after mortar and concrete on small to medium jobs

Extreme noob here, sorry for the probably obvious questions.

How does one clean up tools that held mortar and concrete when done?

If I mixed a small to medium amount for building a simple brick step, in a bucket or a wheelbarrow, and I spray water into it and slosh it around, where would you dump it on your tiny inner city property that it doesn't ruin the lawn or driveway or city property?

How long do I have before it sets rock hard in the bucket/barrow?

How clean does it need to be for a new batch?

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Old 06-09-16, 10:28 AM
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Clean up with water, use enough water and it will all but dissolve and disappear.

No need to clean up between batches of mortar if the previous batch hasn't dried.
 
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Old 06-09-16, 10:40 AM
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That's a relief to hear! Thank you!

And would you just dump it out onto the lawn? It's happening in the front of a townhouse, so my 3 options are asphalt driveway, city street, and lawn.... and also indoor drains but that can't be good lol...
 
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Old 06-09-16, 02:59 PM
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I'd look for the spot it would do the least damage if it doesn't all get dissolved. Definitely not down a drain!
 
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I use a hose to clean my wheel barrow and tools. Lots of water and there won't be too much left. There always seems to be some solids left in the wheelbarrow. I just dump them in a bucket and let them cure. After they harden you can put it in the trash or bury it.
 
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Old 06-09-16, 04:04 PM
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Oo i like the idea of burying... Maybe i could clear a patch of sod and do all the rinsing there just in case. I'm a bit worried about it staining the asphalt.
 
 

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