I have three porcelain tiles that have that hollow sound when you walk
on them or tap them with a tool. Obviously the thinset was either put
on too thin or the tile just did not adhere to it. The tiles are on a
concrete slab and I would like to remove them and reset them. Are
there any tricks to any easy removal? Chisel out the group and try to
pop them up?
*Unless they are broken or look odd or something else I would just leave it.
Do you have spare tiles if these break? It is also possible that the hollow
sound is from the concrete beneath and not the tiles.
First you would need to clean out the grout all around. There are hand
tools for this as well as a Dremel with a special grout removal attachment.
Then depending on the tile spacing you may be able to get something under
the first tile to attempt to pry it up. A floor chisel works well, but can
also break the tile. A wide putty knife may work if there is in fact no
I don't want to wait because I am about to install a tile border which
will overhang one of the tiles. It would be easier to do it now. I
am trying not to break a tile - hence my question. I am hoping that I
can clear out the grout on all sides of the tile and then pry it up -
I hope. These are THICK porcelain tiles (not your standard 12x12
Watch the Fein Multimaster demonstration video where they show how to remove
grout, then the tile, with their tool.
Then go to Harbor Freight and buy the equivalent tool
Now that the patent on the Fein tool has expired, Harbor Freight, Dremel,
Bosch, and others are producing equivalent devices.
Well it shows them breaking the replacement tile which is what the OP is
trying to avoid.
But I learned something from the propaganda vid. Segmented saw blade. Not
familiar with them! I could have used one of them countless times.
How does it work/rotate since the the fat side is not moving?
Can you really get right into the corner? Or just pretty close?
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