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Unread 01-11-2021, 10:17 PM   #1
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What tool to chip out mortar for air register?

I realize this is very basic, but the air register no longer fits after the floor tile install. The hardened mortar is peaking out too far, and I want to be sure not to compromise the integrity of the tile job. What’s the safe way to do it? Thanks!
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Unread 01-11-2021, 10:38 PM   #2
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Chisel and hammer, rub brick, sub compact saw with diamond blade, angle grinder with diamond blade. Any of those or a combination of them would do the trick. Just take your time and go slow so you don't make more of a problem for yourself ;-)
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Unread 01-11-2021, 11:37 PM   #3
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I'd put a towel or some such object down the vent to catch all the trash. Be careful removing it, so nothing falls down the vent. I lost a good tape measure that way once.

I'd use a hammer and chisel. The power tools will generate a lot of dust, something that isn't necessary for such a small task. Use an old chisel, cause it'll be in bad shape when you're finished. Or just get a cheap one from Harbor Freight.
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Unread 01-12-2021, 07:49 AM   #4
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Okay. Thanks to both of you!
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You might think about cutting a piece of cardboard that's just big enough to wedge in that space. Keep it within an inch or two of where you need to chisel. Then, once you're done chiseling, vacuum the chips off the cardboard.
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I went slowly with a hammer and chisel and cardboard below which went well. Thanks again!
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Unread 01-13-2021, 11:11 AM   #7
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I vote for a multi tool with a carbide bit. This one is my go-to.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-Dwa421...80027324&psc=1

Just incase you want to go back in time and do it again.
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Haha. I do love my multi tool. I forgot about it. When I got it I was looking for anything I could use it on. Kinda like I look for any new food I can put butter on.
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