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Old 01-11-2019, 07:32 AM   #1
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OLD tile removal problems (pictures)


All, Please see pictures of tile I would like to remove as I update this bath. How should I do this? I thought I would encounter green sheetrock or cement board behind tile but I am encountering a ton of mud/cement that goes to old lathe. Should I just get my saw saw out?? Worried about potential electric lines!! Was going to chip off tiles then go from there but seems tedious.
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Unless you are willing to spend 2 days with a chisel and hammer chipping tile, you need to remove the lath and start over.
Sawzall is not the right tool for the job. Get a diamond blade for a circular saw and cut the wall into sections. You can set the depth to just hit the lath then pry out the sections with a crowbar.
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THANKS!! I am stupid, have diamond blades but didn't even think about them when I started this and was so shocked, didn't think straight!!! Again, thanks for the quick reply!

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Been there done that myself!
This will make a mind boggling amount of dust so wear a mask! If you can tape off the room with plastic I would do that too. Otherwise every room in the house will get a coating of dust.
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We had a relative use one of these -



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Been there done that myself!
This will make a mind boggling amount of dust so wear a mask! If you can tape off the room with plastic I would do that too. Otherwise every room in the house will get a coating of dust.
Alternately, get a water mister or a hose to dribble some water as you cut. It's easier to clean up a little mud than when the dust gets everywhere.
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I though about suggesting wet cutting but kind of scary to have water spraying all over the place while using an electric saw.
Should work though. Make sure and plug into a GIF outlet and don't be surprised when your saw dies from water getting into the motor.
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I though about suggesting wet cutting but kind of scary to have water spraying all over the place while using an electric saw.
Should work though. Make sure and plug into a GIF outlet and don't be surprised when your saw dies from water getting into the motor.
Very light "spray" as in a spray bottle by helper
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One more thing, try to cut along the grout lines if possible. Grout is "soft" compared to tile.
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I though about suggesting wet cutting but kind of scary to have water spraying all over the place while using an electric saw.
Should work though. Make sure and plug into a GIF outlet and don't be surprised when your saw dies from water getting into the motor.
That's why you just use a mist or dribble. Wrap the saw motor housing with a layer of thin fabric.
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Another option is to use an angle grinder with diamond wheel to cut slots through the grout/thinset, then use the recip saw with appropriate blade for demoing through the mortar/lathe. This would result in less dust (although in practice it won't matter because the grinder will kick up more than you can handle anyway.) Still, I'd prefer it this way. Make sure to use STURDY real leather gloves when dealing with that lathe - I went to the hospital once I got cut so bad tearing it down.
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Leather gloves for sure! My last house wasn't lath but in some ways it was worse. Over top of the drywall there was at least a 1/2" layer of hand troweled plaster. Every corner was reinforced with steel mesh. Had to cut with an angle grinder to take it apart. Lots of blood and ripped clothing from that.
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