I plan on replacing the tub in a 1952 home and convert to a shower. The walls for the tile are mortar and mesh in the tub area and half way up the surrounding walls. I am seeking tips on removing the tile, mortar and mesh. Should I just demo the plaster wall to the ceiling above the tile area to make it easier to remove the tiled area??
Quickest way is to use a 5lb sledge between the studs. Hitting the studs can cause damage to walls on the opposite side. Use a hammer and cold chisel around the plumbing though, as the weight of the plaster dropping can sever the pipes. To get a clean finish around the ceiling and adjacent walls, I usually use a small (5-6") metal blade on the sawzall to cut the mesh at the joints. Just be careful to angle the saw so that the blade does not go too deep as to cut into unknown wiring or plumbing.
Oh yeah, wear a mask and cover the vents and door spaces...its gonna be dusty as hell.