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Old 01-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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Facing shower with stone

So I'm going to preface this by saying that I have very little experience, however I live in a foreign country and nobody understands what I want done. Sooooo, here we go. I have a bathroom that I am remodeling. I am planing on facing the shower with half dollar sized stone. The problem I have is that the building is made entirely out of concrete and somehow the previous homeowner tiled the bathroom in such a way that I can not remove these insanely ugly tiles from the wall. I have tried chiseling them off, but this is slow going and as I take off tile I am also making divots in the concrete. There are already minor divots in the wall above the tiles (they only tiled about a third of the way up the wall) so my plan was to patch the wall with concrete. can I just put a layer of concrete over the tiles that are there and then begin facing the wall with stone? Or is this a bad idea?


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Old 01-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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Very bad idea for several reasons.
Stone would be impossible to keep clean.
The more seams the more chances for water to get in behind the tiles and loosen them.
A few nicks are not going to matter, they can be skim coated with thin set.
Need a tool like this to make it faster.


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So no to facing the shower with stone, or no to leaving the tiles on? I never thought of using my drill to get them off. I have a hammer drill and I can probably acquire a chisel bit. thanks for that.
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No, no, you've got it wrong. That tool is not a drill, you can't put a chisel on your drill. Your hammer drill is for make holes.

Stones are not a good choice for wet areas. Sometimes we can tile over the old walls, but usually not. Can you post some pics?

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So here are three pictures of the bathroom. I don't know anything about the subsurface besides that it is concrete. So if you are saying stone is a bad idea, does that pretty much narrow it back down to tile?
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