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Old 03-23-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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removing kitchen backsplash tile adhesive & repairing wall


hi all- new here, but working on rehabbing a house we just moved into that was built in 1900. there is a lot of shoddy work to overcome, and one of our first big projects is turning the upstairs "in-law" kitchen into a library. we've removed the cabinets and want to repaint, but the wall is in bad shape with 3 particular things (see pictures):

1) we need to remove maybe 30 square feet of kitchen backsplash tile and the adhesive that held it on. we've been popping tiles off with crowbar with only some damage to the walls, but aren't sure the best way to get the adhesive off. we've tried scraping with a spatula and it only works in places where the adhesive is already week- flakes right off, but in other areas the spatulas do nothing. we've also thought about a gallon of bean-e-doo or citrus mastic adhesive remover but aren't sure that is going to dissolve this stuff.

2) there are some pipes sticking out of the wall that were capped off by the previous owners as a condition by the bank for selling the house. now they are just there. we may just have to build around these for now.

3) there is a crack running through the wall from the floor to ceiling. it appears to have already been patched and runs vertically until it hits a point about parallel with the slanted roof in other parts of the upstairs- then it follows a path similar to the roof in other areas (the kitchen juts out past the regular slanted roof). see pictures.

4) multiple large holes in the walls that either existed before or are a result of removing cabinets. plaster or a cement-like material that is sometimes exposed when we pop a tile off. how to patch this mess up.

thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 03-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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Is this wall plaster or drywall?You mya be better off to tear it out and redrywall from the studs.This would also give you access to get rid of the pipes.Or cover the mess with new drywall.
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