I would like to replace a bath tub that has ceramic tiles installed on
the walls around the tub. Is there a way to remove the first sets or
tow of the ceramic tiles, maybe around the grout lines to enable the
removal of the old tub ? I would rather not break up all the tiles and
redo the whole wall.
Short answer is no, not really. And definitely no if the old tiles are
mounted on a mud bed. If they are mounted on greenboard or backerboard,
you can try, but the end results will end up looking like crap in all
odds. You will end up redoing it all anyway, or installing one of those
wall liner kits. You'll want a dremel with cutoff wheels or similar, to
slice the grout joint.
Doing 5.5 feet of backer and tile is only a little more work than doing
2 rows, and fussing with the new transition joint. Tear it all out, and
replace with fresh. You will be happier.
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