removing dried cements in ceramic tiles

Old 08-29-05, 07:08 AM
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removing dried cements in ceramic tiles

I'm new to ceramic tiling. I told my friend that I will be installing ceramic however, I was having a hardtime removing the sheet vinyl. He told me that he placed his ceramic tiles on top of the vinyl. I became happy because I will never need to remove the vinyl. I installed the ceramic and am having problems after I installed it. Some grouts are cracking!

What I would like to do is remove the ceramic tiles again and retry removing the vinyl sheet using torch. I got the torch tip from a friend and I told my neighbor about it and it helped him a lot too. Before, my neighbor was using hair blower! LOL!

My question is, assuming I was able to take care of the ceramic tiles I have removed without damaged, how will I be able to easily remove the cement in the tiles? Is there any liquid product that I can buy which will loosen or dissolve it? This way, I can just use chisel or 6" thin flat metal to remove the cements.

Thanks in advance!
Old 08-29-05, 09:02 PM
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only possible method...

Get a good 8" grinder or rent one.
Find a way to fasten the tiles (this won't be easy),
and grind-off the thinset.

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