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Old 05-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Never used one before, but am wondering if an oscillating multi-tool would facilitate removing 4" wall tiles from a kitchen backsplash I need to change? If so, what blade should I use? Thanks for any tips.

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I generally like to use a small drywall knife. Tap it in behind the tile and they will usually pop right off. A lot of the time, the drywall tends to come with it though.

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I generally like to use a small drywall knife. Tap it in behind the tile and they will usually pop right off. A lot of the time, the drywall tends to come with it though.
Thanks. I've seen a video on doing it that way, and figured to try that also. Was wondering if maybe the m-t might be less damaging to the dry wall. Thanks again for the quick response.
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I suspect the amount of damage to the drywall will depend more on the adhesive that was used to apply the backsplash than the tool used to remove it.
Either they will pop off easily, or they won't.
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That makes sense. Thanks.
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Never used one before, but am wondering if an oscillating multi-tool would facilitate removing 4" wall tiles from a kitchen backsplash I need to change? If so, what blade should I use? Thanks for any tips.
If the tile was put on properly, it's not coming off without a lot of the drywall.
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If the tile was put on properly, it's not coming off without a lot of the drywall.
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Thanks, Ron. Am finding out it was apparently put on properly. Looks like I'll be replacing dry wall, or installing backerboard, here shortly.
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Knute,
use your multi tool to cut the drywall above and below the tile and just take out the whole section and replace it. Much easier. The multi tools work great for drywall.
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use your multi tool to cut the drywall above and below the tile and just take out the whole section and replace it. Much easier. The multi tools work great for drywall.
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Thanks, Mike. You're right about that. I already ended up taking out the drywall with the tile. Took about 30 minutes. Installing backer board now. Thanks for the reply.

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