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pgriswold 03-02-2013 01:57 PM

Removing durcock with ceramic tile attached?
How do you remove durock with ceramic title attched in a bathroom wall?

joecaption 03-02-2013 02:04 PM

Got a picture?
Is it inside the tub area?

pgriswold 03-02-2013 02:29 PM

Durock removal with ceramic tile attached.
Don't have a picture. The durock surrounds above a regular bathtub. We have ceramic tile on the durock. The durock is right above the bathtub on three sides. pgriswold

gregzoll 03-02-2013 02:58 PM

Get above it, and slip a flat pry bar behind, between the stud and the durrock. Otherwise, pull the tile off first, then you can cut into the durrock and pull that way. The screws should be easy to find, once you pull the tile.

joecaption 03-02-2013 04:23 PM

Line that tub with cardboard and plug the drain before doing anything.

drywallfinisher 03-03-2013 08:35 AM

line the tub with something soft. If you get a piece of tile durorock thin set under the cardboard it will grind it into the tub. Insulation works real good.
Did you buy a drywall hammer and have a regular framing hammer? Use a razor knife and score the wall up next to the tile. Then do what the first guy said. Find a stud over the tile and instead of the pry bar use the hatchet side of the hammer, and hammer it into the rock above the tile over the stud. pry the first section of the durarock loose. repeat this all the way around the tub. I use a drywall hammer for prying because I can also use it as a chisel. Find spots that need to be split and removed it section. Tile and durock are like a giant piece of stone that will split when hit with enough force through the ax end, chiseling like a stone carver. It may seem kinda far out, but being able to remove the section in pieces will make for a cleaner area.

Kansas Girl 03-03-2013 11:06 PM

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Careful! That concrete board is heavy and broken ceramic tiles are very sharp. Here's what happened to me when I was tearing out my tub surround...16 stitches in my lower leg!

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canadaclub 03-09-2013 07:28 PM

I cut a piece of 5/8" ply 58" x 33". I glued scrap laminate underlay around the perimeter and I use this when tiling tub ceilings so as not to scratch the tub, but also provides me a comfortable height to install tile..Also provides a cushion in case a tile falls

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