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Old 03-15-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Decided to remove grout and re-do


Well I have decided to remove the grout installed Sunday night in my kitchen and redo everything with a lighter grout color. What's the best way to remove it? I have a small hand grout saw that I used to knock down any thinset in between the tiles, but that seems like it would get very tedious using that to remove all this grout (70 s.f. worth of 12x12 tile, 3/16" joints). I have an angle grinder with a masonry disc that's about 1/8" thick, might that work better? I also have an older Dremel rotary tool but probably don't have the exact proper tool attachment for grout removal. Suggestions?

Also wondering what grout brand I should go with. I used this Mapei Keracolor S from the "blue" store, and then afterwards read of many people having problems with uneven finish color with this brand. I can also get Polyblend from the "orange" store. I have used Laticrete 1500 sanded grout before with good success, but that is not sold locally anymore other than one single specialty tile store. Should I go with one of those or look at other specialty tile stores in the area to see what they have?

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Do not use polyblend around tub it does not hold up to water and will come off....had idiot contractor use it and now i have to do the repaire.
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Please do not even try a 4-1/2 grinder, a sure way to distroy the tile.
I use my Rockwell multi crafter and a diamond blade. Total control and goes fast.
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Please do not even try a 4-1/2 grinder, a sure way to distroy the tile.
I use my Rockwell multi crafter and a diamond blade. Total control and goes fast.
Well it's been awhile since I've been here last, and that last post was about a year after I finished the kitchen floor. I did end up using the grinder with a diamond blade disc after cursing over a little hand grout removal tool for far too long. I made quick work of the grout, but the dust was insane. We tried to use plastic to cordon off the area, but dust still infiltrated literally everything in the area. We had to throw out a bunch of food in our pantry because the dust got into all the containers.

Anyway, it's been nearly 6 years now since we put in the replacement grout, and for the most part it's holding up fine. Only problem is that I never got around to sealing all the grout, and some of it has gotten a little dirty. Oops. The part that I did seal still looks great!
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This is what you should have used to remove the grout.


http://www.harborfreight.com/variabl...ool-63111.html
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No way to seal off the area from dust. Dust will also get into other rooms of the house by HVAC and even wind. As you now know an angle grinder is the wrong tool.

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This is what you should have used to remove the grout.


http://www.harborfreight.com/variabl...ool-63111.html
That tool would have taken a million years. Angle grinder was the right tool for my situation, as it made quick work of the job (15-20 minutes). It was dusty but we dealt with it. HVAC was off, and the air returns were sealed. I was glad to be done with it. That was nearly 6 years ago anyway, so it doesn't really matter now.

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