Re-using stones with mortar

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Old 04-02-17, 10:39 AM
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Re-using stones with mortar

I had a small stone and mortar wall fall apart from years of neglect and I would like to replace it. I have a lot of stone with mortar still attached and I was wondering if the mortar could be removed without damaging the stone or would it be better to start over with fresh material.
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Old 04-02-17, 11:03 AM
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It would require a bit of chipping, but if you were to remove most of the mortar from the back, you can reuse the stone. It is always easier and faster to use new materials, but it is your call.
 
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Old 04-02-17, 05:25 PM
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If you can match the mortar that is already attached, chip off as much of the old and ten blend the patched material back in. A real brick supplier can color match the mortar to get you close.
 
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I use the chisel end of a masons hammer. Just peck/hammer away at the mortar. With older stones that's usually good enough but if you still have a thin film of cement coloring the stone that you want to remove washing in a diluted solution of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid will dissolve the cement.
 
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