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Old 02-02-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Could I remove these without damage?


Do you guys think it would be possible to remove these old tile fixtures without damaging the adjacent tile? Likewise do you think there are tile pieces behind them? Looking at how they are arranged with the other tile I would think there is.



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Old 02-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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They are just stuck to the walls like tile. Personally, I would just replace with new fixtures, unless you are going for that retro look.

Big problem will be matching them to the new tile.

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I think they are stuck to tile that is already there underneath. I don't want to replace all of the tile right now, but I want rid of those fixtures. Just wanted to get an opinion if there were tiles pieces underneath.

Finding matching tile for the 40 year old house would probably be impossible.
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There is no tile under them. Again, they are applied like the tiles, but are stuck with thinset, vs. mastic. Also, you may have Rock-Lathe, or do you know if you have Lathe & Plaster in the home? Rock-Lathe is gypsum board, with the holes in it, and a plaster coat is applied over it. When you pull those fixtures, you are going to take a huge chunk of the plaster also with them. I had them in my bath, and just knocked them and the tiles, with the Rock-lathe off, since it was going to the dump anyways.

If you look below the window, you can see a spot where our soap dish, which was the same type of fixture used to be. It took a huge chunk of plaster with it, when we knocked it off.
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I think, you'll find those fixture are installed using plaster of Paris? you knock them off? you'll have a big hole to patch!

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Actually coupe, they are installed with a thinset, that back in the day was the same material that was used for the coating on rock-lathe & plaster-lathe walls. I wished that I had kept the picture after we knocked the fixtures off of our wall, but at that point, I just wanted to get the crud off the floors, and ended up filling over 20 doubled & tripled contractor bags with material, from our bath remodel.
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Those pieces are usually not flat on the backside. They push in toward the wall. There's no tile behind them and a slight chance you can remove them without damaging the surrounding tiles, but not likely.
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Odds are against removing them. I'm guessing yours are built similar to these. Scroll down about 2/3 of the way and you'll see pics of the back.

http://www.eclectic-ware.com/Eclecti...on_by_njp.html

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Ugh yeah the odds are against me on removing them.

I'm not sure what the wall is behind them. It is just Sheetrock and 2x4s on the rest of the walls.

I didn't think about them being recessed slightly so they could get a hold on the wall. The way the tiles are installed around them led me to assume they were just placed over existing tile. It makes sense that the edges of the fixtures would just be covering the rest of a whole tile.

Maybe I will paint them when I do the walls soon.

Thanks everyone for your help!

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