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Old 09-15-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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We are installing a new more efficient fireplace. That means taking 11 tile off the wall around the existing fireplace without damaging them. They need to go back on (they match the hearth tiles). I have removed the tiles successfully w/ drywall included. Now the real work begins. How do I get the adhesive off the tiles without ruining them? The house was built in 2003, so I assume thinset was used at the tile adhesive. Somewhere I read that if you soak the tiles in water for a month or so, the adhesive will come off. Although I can wait that long, I suspect the time required for that is more like an eon or two-.

All suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Soak the tiles to remove the drywall---over night should do---then use an angle grinder with a diamond cup to remove the thinset---

If mastic was used---see if something will dissolve it---

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Thanks oh'mike. Don't have an angler grinder, so now looking at the cost effectiveness vs new tiles as we have the make and pattern. Appreciate your counsel and will proceed one way or the other.
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looks like you can get a harbor freight angle grinder for 15 ( or just over 20 for "heavy duty" model)

probably any of the big box stores you can get a cheap one for 30$.

If you have the make and pattern, I'd probably try and get some new tiles and not be too concerned about getting the old off easily.

weird I remember we have daltile T714 in the house here. the useless stuff I remember.
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Angle grinders are cheap---buy a wire wheel for cleaning your BBQ grill and you will be glad you bought it.
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Sorry, but I'm finding this humorous. You do know the tile pattern and can find new tile - at a cost of what? 20 bucks? - but for that money you still want to go to the trouble of taking all the thinset off the old tiles? And you want to go to all that trouble for some reason, but don't want to buy an angle grinder for $25? This isn't making any sense.

Saving tiles is a pain in the butt that you would only do if you couldn't get the original tile. And then you definitely want a power tool - an angle grinder if not a multi-tool or similar - to get it off.

If water could get off thinset, it wouldn't be much use in showers. Once set, thinset is impervious to water, like concrete is. Perhaps what you heard about soaking "adhesive" referred to mastic. If it was mastic, then yes water will break it down over time. You are assuming thinset because the tiles were put on in the last 10 years apparently, but I wouldn't assume that. Heck, there are people putting up tile in a shower with mastic somewhere in this country today. Using mastic around a fireplace wouldn't be that bad.

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Hey Jeff, it may be humorous to you, but the tile comes from Italy and I'm having a heck of a time to find any. I've been told that if I do, the odds are that the new tile won't match since ours is 10 years old and the dyes from one batch to the next change.

Thanks for your other comments. They are helpful.

So, I moving on with my cleaning project. Thanks to all for your help.

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Hey Jeff, it may be humorous to you, but the tile comes from Italy and I'm having a heck of a time to find any. I've been told that if I do, the odds are that the new tile won't match since ours is 10 years old and the dyes from one batch to the next change.
OK, well you didn't mention that. You mentioned cost effectiveness, implying that you could get replacements.

Good luck with it.
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Jeff thanks for your response and your helpful comments. With the other projects I have going, I expect to have the tile ready to test "adhesive removal techniques" suggested by you and others by next week. Being retired, I can work on my own schedule-ha.

I'm a wood worker/turner hobbiest who is cutting his teeth on this tile project. I really appreciate the help given here by everyone and feel I can now move ahead.

More later as I progress.
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Angle grinders are cheap---buy a wire wheel for cleaning your BBQ grill and you will be glad you bought it.
Never thought of this before and I have both laying around.....thanks for the idea!

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