removal of old ceramic tile

Old 05-17-01, 07:18 AM
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I want to replace the ceramic tile floor in my bathroom. To remove the old tile I've been using a prybar,mallet and a grout saw, and the tiles are coming up, but at the rate I'm going ,by the time I get it done I'll be too old to care. The tile is mesh backed, laid over plywood. Any suggestions that will let me complete this project in my lifetime?
Old 05-17-01, 12:22 PM
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I am going through the same deal - removing old ceramic tile. Check out the web site - you can try this link:

It basically says to drill 1/4" holes about 1 inch apart diagnolly across a tile, then use a cold chisle to crack the tile. Then, pry up the broken pieces with a bar or chisle. I would use a carbide-tipped or diamond-tipped bit - check in Home Depot. Also, a hammer drill will make the drilling job easier - you can rent these drills.
Good Luck. It's still a lot of work!
Old 05-17-01, 01:50 PM
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Hi Caroll, Hi Tom,

If you are heading to the rental yard, pick up a small roto hammer with a 1 in. to 2 in. spade bit (chipping bit). It'll make short work of the tile installation. In fact, I have a DeWalt 7/8 in. roto hammer (not large) which works fine for that type of work.


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