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Old 02-17-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #2
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If it was installed properly I'd say you're are pretty close to SOL.

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #3
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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
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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.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:24 PM   #5
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Bummer.

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

$0.50 at Habitat for Humanity store.

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

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How about getting some decorative tiles and replacing several of the originals? Just a thought
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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.
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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
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just tak a sledgehapper and go nuts like all the diy shows
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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.
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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.
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