Re: Concreate countertop
Sounds like what you have is an old time dry pack mud base.
This method ....... which is centuries old ...... was used to provide a solid base for tiles and a perfect substrate for them to be adhered to ..... now cement backer board is commonly used though dry pack mud bases are still done from time to time for showers. When those tiles were laid with mortar they are permanent and are a bear to remove.
It's difficult to say what the results will be after trying to remove the tiles since they are probably on there pretty darn solid.
If you are successful in removing the tiles you might end up with cracks and gouges in the mud base from the hammering in which case you might end up busting out the mud base as well .... which can be a nasty job if a wire mesh was also used.
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