Removing old tiles

Old 02-17-02, 08:27 AM
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Removing old tiles

I have a very old bathroom and the tiles are need of replacement. The tiles are on the walls surrounding the bathtub and want to remove them without damaging the drywall underneath. Any hints or tips??
Old 02-17-02, 12:09 PM
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The best way to remove the tile is to remove the drywall also. Then replace the drywall with cement board, and then re-tile. There's not much chance of getting the tile off without damaging the drywall anyway. You can usually cut around the tile with a drywall saw, and pull of the tile and wall at the same time. Be careful of wireing and plumbing in behind. This sounds like a lot of work, but it's actually easier that trying to remove the tile and then have to repair the walls. Beside, drywall is not any good for tile in a tub area. Cement board is the easy way to go.

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