I have a shower that was tiled in cheap white ceramic 6x6 tiles. I would
like to replace them. I consider myself an intermediate do-it-yourselfer,
but I don't know if I should take this on. I have done tile work before,
including removal, and been very pleased with the results. I guess my
concern is that if there is something more than removing the grout,
carefully removing the tiles, cleaning the surface of old grout/thin set and
then retiling, that I may get into trouble. For example, I wasn't around
when the house was built (1995 in TX) so I don't know if there's hardibacker
underneath or what I'm working with.
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In general, you're better off ripping it out to the bare studs
no matter what the substrate is.
Browse the local library or bookstore or even HD for basic books
on tile setting. Get up to speed before attacking this one.
give it a try.
if it all goes well and there's no damage underneath the tiles, your biggest
problem is leveling off the old thinset. you can do this with various types
of grinders/sanders. it'll be very dusty, plan accordingly.
if it doesn't go well, then you're part way done with the demo work.
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