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Old 10-20-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
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how to remove 12" tile & reuse,,,


sorry, guys, checked archives but couldn't/didn't find thread,,, we need 11 replacement 12" tiles for the hallway & have 7 on hand,,, after 7 tile shops, matches 're close but no happy bride yet.

got thinking i could ' discover ' some currently hidden under the washer/dryer but how to remove ??? could saw out the plywood sub-floor & jury-rig a wire saw to separate tile from thinset & plywood,,, anything easier ? ? ?

got tools, just no method,,, rather be the bride's hero than dumbass

thanks in adv, guys - you're the greatest resource ! ! !

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couldn't wait so did as plann'd - diamond saw'd groutline around tiles w/4" grinder + hit the corner w/sawzall,,, underlayment was 3/4" 5ply glued & screw'd to joists,,, CAREFULLY pried out the individual 12" tiles then glu'd/screw'd 3/4" sub-floor then 2'x2' pc of wondaboard (sp).

removed tiles're on workbench awaiting 4" grinder rip blade 'cause conc diamonds don't cut wood as we all know,,, moved these tiles into hallway & we'll find something else for under the dryer,,, won't have to match as who looks under a dryer ? ? ?

what a pita this job was but we sav'd $3K as the bride originally wanted 3/4" oak to replace tile in the hallway & foyer,,, homeowners work cheap as i recall

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congrats to you, a happy end result is always a good thing, and by posting your method you give others options. good job
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couldn't wait so did as plann'd - diamond saw'd groutline around tiles w/4" grinder + hit the corner w/sawzall,,,no wonder there were no replies
Well, you must remember also, that many of us do have jobs and can not reply immediately. I'm glad that you were able to solve your own problem and posted the results!
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:19 AM   #5
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trust me, i wuz hopin' someone else had a better idea grinding 3/4" ply off the back of tile's a major pita
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:37 PM   #6
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1st, the good - grinder & dia blade w/dust shroud & vac to cut out grout,,, drill at tile intersection couple 1/4" holes to allow sawzall access,,, had trouble on the corner tile & 2 lateral but found a 5.5" carbide rip blade at the apron store which fit grinder,,, 1st tile (easiest, of course) removed w/prybar then onto a workbench jig (6 drywall screws) for backing removal,,, diamond saw 1 1/2" into wonderboard full perimeter of tile,,, saw 1/2" kerfs into 3/4" ply w/grinder, wondaboard removal w/5in1 & hammer, finish w/.110 blade,,, finish w/grinder to clean off the thinset.
feeling really satisfied, attacked 2nd tile,,, got as far as sawing the perimeter when the blade 'caught' & proceeded to spin into my left shin 3hrs & 4 stitches later, i'm on the couch elevating bandaged leg,,, nevertheless, method works [ps-using grinder bladeguard wouldn't have helped]
anyway, don't use your legs to 'hold' tile in place while sawing relief cuts soon's i'm off the couch (3 days) will post progress,,, stitches come out in 2 wks :D if i weren't such a tightwad, we'd have retiled the whole _)(*^@@%*_+&^#@@* foyer & hallway,,, thanks, guys ! ! !

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