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pyper 02-17-2011 01:55 PM

removing wall tiles
 
I have a broken wall tile (circa 1972)

I found a close match. I want to remove one near the floor to install in the conspicuous location and put the one I found where it won't be noticed.

How can I remove an individual tile without damaging it?

jod78 02-17-2011 03:20 PM

If it was installed properly I'd say you're are pretty close to SOL.

mrgins 02-17-2011 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jod78 (Post 592904)
If it was installed properly I'd say you're are pretty close to SOL.

You could try it, but jod78 is prob right. There are places that will have a match but will cost you an arm and a leg

TheDoorGuy 02-17-2011 03:53 PM

If you can access one that is on an end you can probably work flexible putty knife or other long blades
under it enough to separate piece from wall. Work slowly and try to damage wall instead of tile.
I don't think there is a good way to remove one with all four sides enclosed by other tiles or surfaces.

pyper 02-17-2011 04:24 PM

Bummer.

The one I got is a near match, and that's probably close enough.

$0.50 at Habitat for Humanity store.

Thanks.

TheDoorGuy 02-17-2011 05:27 PM

It will add character!
Be careful not to damage surrounding tiles when you remove the broken one.
RC/DG

DrHicks 02-17-2011 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jod78 (Post 592904)
If it was installed properly I'd say you're are pretty close to SOL.

Yep. What he said. ^


While you're at the Habitat Store, be sure to pick up several tiles.

Remove the broken one. Then carefully try to remove one along the floor, or behind the toilet. If it breaks, you can replace it too. If it doesn't break, you've got your match.


Good luck!

mrgins 02-18-2011 09:13 AM

How about getting some decorative tiles and replacing several of the originals? Just a thought

pete0403 02-18-2011 05:54 PM

That's a good thought as it would look like an original pattern but my guess is he'd rather stick a fork in his eye than remove more tiles than necessary.

mrgins 02-18-2011 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by pete0403 (Post 593518)
That's a good thought as it would look like an original pattern but my guess is he'd rather stick a fork in his eye than remove more tiles than necessary.

:) Aw come on! It's not that hard to do

bluebird5 02-18-2011 10:04 PM

just tak a sledgehapper and go nuts like all the diy shows

DrHicks 02-19-2011 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by bluebird5 (Post 593668)
just tak a sledgehapper and go nuts like all the diy shows

Hopefully you can get some nut-job constantly screaming into a bull horn, just to add atmosphere. :)

Willie T 02-19-2011 08:44 AM

Use a long, pointed drywall type saw (or I use a Multi-tool) and saw out the whole tile... wall backing with it. (after you have grooved out all the surrounding grout) and then you can work on the individual tile in your hands for removing the piece of wall. Soaking in hot water sometimes helps soften the backing enough to get it off the tile.

This is about the only way to remove some large mirrors, too.... if you want to save the mirror.

pete0403 02-20-2011 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by mrgins (Post 593639)
:) Aw come on! It's not that hard to do

:biggrin::biggrin:


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