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jaes 03-24-2013 03:02 PM

removing 1 ceramic tile without damage?
:( Recently helped my daughter buy her first home (townhouse that needs work). The entryway, the hallway, and all of the kitchen is done in ceramic tile (big area). Problem: there is one tile missing in the entryway area. This townwhouse is 30+ yrs old--so finding a match is out. However, they did tile under the kitchen range & refigerator. --So, I was thinking of salvaging a tile (or two) from one of these hidden areas. Any suggestions as to how I can get a tile from these areas without breaking it? I suppose I will need to break a few to get one good one---but is there an easy way to get one good one? Any help will be appreciated. ---JAES.

joecaption 03-24-2013 03:17 PM

There's about a 1% chance of getting one out without breaking it.
Got to remove the grout first.

jaes 03-24-2013 07:50 PM

I was thinking of this method----
Ok, I don't know much about tile, so that's why I asked the question in the first place. Here's what I was thinking: Remove grout around several tiles, break-up 3 tiles around the target tile, and use a hacksaw ---maybe a sawsall to saw under the target tile. ---That's what I was thinking, BUT there may be a better way?? Any thoughts? __Again, thanks for any helpful suggestions. ---JAES.

joecaption 03-24-2013 10:08 PM

There really is no tool or suggested way to remove just one tile and reuse it.
Most are set in a morter mix that's super strong so the tiles will not move.
Best you can hope for is someone did a poor job installing them, or they layed it over something they never should have.

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