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Old 04-06-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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best way to demolish a bathroom

We have an old bathroom in a house we just bought, we want to demolish it down to the studs, while keeping the plumbing and wiring intact.
All the walls are tile. What is the best way to remove the tile without destroying the studs and everything behind it?

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Old 04-07-2014, 05:21 AM   #2
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If it is over drywall---

remove the drywall and tile at the same time----

A sawsaa with the blade upside down will allow you to make shim cuts that will only cut the drywall--not the studs or pipes.

A hammer is used to break a row of holes in the tile--then grab and pull out that section of wall board/tile.
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Before the demo do some prep work.
In another room lay down a tarp to set removed items.
If there's carpet outside the bathroom buy a roll off carpet protector. (never use it on a hard surface floor!
Remove the toilet and vanity, if there's a pedestal sink remove it.
Remove the casing around the door and any windows.
Lay cardboard inside the tub.
Shut off the main water supply and remove all the shut offs and replace with caps.
Have a plan on where your going to be carrying the materials you rip out and how your going to get rid of them.
Just the tile is going to be hundreds of LB. of trash.
Get some 5 gal. buckets.
A big shop vac, flat shovel would come in handy.
Using a truck to haul it away, then buy a HD tarp and lay it down in the bed and up over the cab.
That way it can be flipped back over the load and used to pull the last bits of trash out at the dump.
Really old house? If so plan on also getting rid of any old steel plumbing, replace the old tub valve, shut offs and supply lines.
If the plumbing for the supply's and drains are coming up out of the floor, not the walls now's the time to change them.
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best way to demolish a bathroom

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I have never seen anyone destroy studs & joists, from removing Drywall, etc. I gave my kid a hammer, gloves, mask, eye protection and let him go to town on ours. He had more fun at it, then I did when I did the other half of it a couple weeks later.

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