home improvement


Question by  nicole72576 (16)

How should you remove ceramic wall tile?

I want to retile my bathroom, but I don't know how to get the old stuff out of there.


Answer by  udaipur (219)

Tile is usually adhered to the underlayment with very powerful mastic adhesive. You are probably going to have to use a heavy prybar or crowbar to dislodge all the tiles. It can be pretty tiring, but sometimes that sort of project is a fun way to get out your frustrations!


Answer by  tashalc (46)

Remove trim. Start around the edge.Chisel the grout around tiles with screw driver and hammer.Tap putty knife behind tile and slowly pry off.


Answer by  les59 (852)

Unfortunately, the only way to remove tile is to break it out of place. Crowbars and hammers work well for this, but you don't want to damage the walls under the tile if you want to hang other types of tile. Depending on what you want to do, you may have to take it all the way down to studs.


Answer by  jackie (276)

There's no simple method. You can try prying off one tile at a time with a chisel, but it's best to simply tear down the wall.

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