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Old 10-29-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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The last tile as you can see is about a 3/4 tile. We would like to try and get it up without damaging the other tiles because we would like to lay a full tile down that will go over the pipe. How can we get these tiles up without doing damage to the others ? Thanks a lot!!!
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#1 Copper pipe should not be in direct contact with the concrete.
It should have been below the slab not sitting on top of it.
I also never would have used copper, I'd have used Pex instead. That way there's never going to be corrosion to deal with later.
Just laying a tile on top of that gap is not a great idea. Anything gets sat on it and it's going to snap off.

Remove the grout and cut an X with a 4-1/2" right angle grinder with a diamond blade across the middle of the tile.
Now just bust it up with a hammer.
Unless someone did a pore job of installing it, it's not coming out in one piece.

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#1 Copper pipe should not be in direct contact with the concrete.
It should have been below the slab not sitting on top of it.
I also never would have used copper, I'd have used Pex instead. That way there's never going to be corrosion to deal with later.
Just laying a tile on top of that gap is not a great idea. Anything gets sat on it and it's going to snap off.

Remove the grout and cut an X with a 4-1/2" right angle grinder with a diamond blade across the middle of the tile.
Now just bust it up with a hammer.
Unless someone did a pore job of installing it, it's not coming out in one piece.
I was going to lay grout over the pipe to fill in the gap and make it level. We channeled out the concrete to put the pipe in the channel. As#ho$% guy I know did this. Can't believe he did not say anything. I guess maybe I will change out the pipe to PEX. Can PEC be joined with copper? Thanks.
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#1 Copper pipe should not be in direct contact with the concrete.
It should have been below the slab not sitting on top of it.
I also never would have used copper, I'd have used Pex instead. That way there's never going to be corrosion to deal with later.
Just laying a tile on top of that gap is not a great idea. Anything gets sat on it and it's going to snap off.

Remove the grout and cut an X with a 4-1/2" right angle grinder with a diamond blade across the middle of the tile.
Now just bust it up with a hammer.
Unless someone did a pore job of installing it, it's not coming out in one piece.
Thanks Joe. Whats the best way to remove the grout?
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I use an oscillating saw with a diamond blade. far more control that way.
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Thanks Joe. Whats the best way to remove the grout?
Multi-tool is the best way. Something like this http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...ing-tools.htmlIf you have a Harbor Freight, check their clearance section, since you can sometimes find open box tools back there cheaper.
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If you do not own or have never used a Muliti Tool you'll find lots of uses for it.
I own two of the Rockwell brand and use them a lot.
If you buy the blades on Amazon they can be a whole lot cheaper if you buy them in quantity. $6.00 each as opposed to up to #20.00 in the box stores.
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I own a Craftsman & a Harbor Freight, (for laughs). I've used both dozens of times. Every handyman needs one of these tools.

The original and best is the Fein MultiMaster, but at about $400 I recommend one of the others until you outgrow it.

Great for tile removal. http://www.multimaster.info/en_us/versatility/#4

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JazMan, I actually wore out two of the Plunge blades, trimming Gyprock, when we put in our new backdoor. I have a Harbor Freight unit, and that sucker stands up to even wives using them.
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I use a Roto Zip and a tile cutting bit for Gyprock or a 4-1/2" right angle with a diamond blade.
That stuff is tough on any tool and the lungs.
I bought a dust guard attachment for the Roto Zip, it works OK not great.
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I have worn out a tile cutting bit also with the Gyprock in my place. That stuff is just tough, after 75 plus years.
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Thanks guys . What about the cooper pipe issue?
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Thanks guys . What about the cooper pipe issue?
Remove it and replace with PEX.
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Can I wrap something or insulate the cooper pipe? Someone mentioned this to me.

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