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Old 09-03-10, 11:10 AM
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remove one GOOD tile

This bathroom with 16' x 16' smooth floor tile has rotten 3/4 inch plywood under one or two tiles by the shower door. I cant get it up in fear of breaking it. The grout space is 1/16". NO REPLACEMENT TILES! Very large bathroom from 1993. I was thinking of two ways:

1. pushing it up through the bottom (drywall ceiling)?

2. Suction cup like the glass installers use?

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I have nothing beneficial to offer, just some thoughts on your ideas:

1 This would entail identifying the edges of the tile from underneath, which sounds difficult - would have to remove the plywood and the mud to do so, I would think

2 I don't think this would accomplish anything, the bond to the floor is too great

Sorry, as I said, nothing to actually help you here
 
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Old 09-03-10, 11:54 AM
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I measured carefully and went downstairs and cut a 2' x 2' hole and saw the damaged plywood. It was butter to remove and find the tile seam. I did push the one tile up. What a mess. Thanks so much for your responses. Rick

 
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Rick: the only problem is you need to remove tiles to the right and left, and away from the shower to good wood and joisting, so you can install new flooring. Gutsy move.
You can determine how bad the flooring is from below, I'm certain. The better the flooring gets, the more difficult it will be to remove the tile in one piece, so be careful.
 
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You are right Chandler, the 1/2" tile made it better to pull up in one piece even at the solid plywood. I have removed six pieces for the repair.
 
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You're downhill racin', now!! Great that you had the gumption to do this repair rather than letting it sink and break irreplaceable tile. Let us see the finished product!!
 
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I was on the sixth tile on the last reply........I cracked it. Now I have to grab one from the closet. THAT will not be fun. I am going to have to do this from the plywood downstairs. Great!
 
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finished product.

I am glad that is over with. Beer 4U2







 
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Feels good, don't it???? Congratulations.
 
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Looks good - thanks for the update
 
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