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Old 10-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #16
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Those joints may not be as bad as they show on the photos. Those 2 scored block in that pattern are usually laid with 3/8"x 3/8"raked joints (squared, not tooled) and in "stack bond" as those are. My wife grew up living in a similar Levittown house outside Philly (Bucks County).

You certainly will have a lot of work cleaning out the joints and scores properly. Too bad someone totally changed the character.

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Old 10-20-2014, 04:56 PM   #17
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If you want the joints to be open again, I'd highly suggest investing in a 4" angle grinder and a 1/4" thick diamond tuckpointing blade to chase the joints. If the joints are indeed raked originally, which it appears to be. If that works well, you could try a diamond cup wheel to grind some of the stubborn tile mortar off as well. Unfortunately, they're two different wheels to invest in.......
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Thanks for all the great tips guys. I decided to do it the old fashion way, elbow grease, chisel and a wire brush on my grinder.

The results so far are great. Attached is a picture after 4 hours of work as you can see the bottom half is done.

Sorry the picture is sideways can't seem to get it to upload right from my phone.

I'll keep everyone posted on the progress and will most likely have more questions when I get to the sides which go into large glass panes...
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:05 PM   #19
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It's starting to look pretty good. Are you going to just leave the concrete in its natural state or are you going to stain it?
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It's starting to look pretty good. Are you going to just leave the concrete in its natural state or are you going to stain it?
I'm going to paint it but not sure what color yet.
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Block will probably not stain too well because of the way they are made (high pressure, dry mix and high vibration and the density of the concrete can vary and the patterns of the cores and webs may show up a little too regular from block to block.

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