How to remove old tile for reuse?

Old 03-05-10, 06:18 AM
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How to remove old tile for reuse?

Looking for advice on how to go about removing old tile for reuse. The tile is apprx 50 years old and located in a bathroom. Is there a power tool such as the one I have seen lately on TV that vibrates and have various attachments one of which is a thin blade. Thinking this may be what I need for separating the tile from the wall. Thanks!
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If you have 50 year old tile on the wall, and its still there, it aint gonna come off easy. You wont be able to salvage it.
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If the tile are set in mud you can't get them out. If they are in mastic you might be able to get some of them off by pushing a wide scraper behind them.
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My bet is they are set in a concrete/lath wall that was common in that time. Do the tiles roll over the edge at the top? If so, you have about 2" of concrete and lath to break out, so salvaging the tile is totally out of the question. Probably harvest gold or avocado, right?
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Use a grout saw or a hammer and chisel to remove the grout all around the tile, by carefully striking it with a cold chisel and a hammer. Slide a stiff bladed putty knife under any pieces of tile that stick to the base and pry them off. Clean up and repair the base in preparation for installing the replacement .

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