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Old 09-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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What's the best way to remove cement backed bathroom tiles?

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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Brick chisle and a hammer, or an electric hammer drill with a wide chisle bit and some ear and eye protection.

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I've been using the chisel & hammer. The bottom went well, because it was rotten. They had used cement board on the bottom, but then above is poured cement with the tiles on it. It seems impossible to break up by hand. We thought we'd try our rotary hammer drill next. Two of our bathrooms are back to back, & the other is underneath. This is the only one with the cement. Apparently, the house was built with the barter system. We learned this when the well pump died. We happened to use the same plumber, & he gave us the history of the house.
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You need and impact hammer drill not just a hammer drill.
A hammer drill just turns for drilling holes.
An impact hammer drill has a switch that can be turned so it just hammers and not turns.
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This is what I use. Home Depot can rent you one. They may have Heilti brand but will still work just as well.
http://www.coastaltool.com/bosch/11255vsr.htm
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You need and impact hammer drill not just a hammer drill.
A hammer drill just turns for drilling holes.
An impact hammer drill has a switch that can be turned so it just hammers and not turns.
Thank you, Joe, we bought three chisel bits today, & will see if they work. Next, we will try your idea (which I'm betting we will have to). We appreciate your suggestion. We just took a bedroom apart that was riddled with carpenter ants, & we also took out wasps' nests from the ceiling above the family room. It's all a bit overwhelming!
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We're making progress. The man used the hammer with a bit made for tile removing, & was able to get a big piece off, about 4' x 4'. Heavy sucker! That was at the bottom. Not tpp sure about a piece that big from the top. It would probably kill us!
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