That will work. But if you want to recover the tiles, expect a lot of work.
I chip off the grout and then put the tiles in boiling water to soften the
old mastic. If the tiles were set in thinset mortar, I'm not sure you can
recover them, so plan on retiling. That might be the easiest thing to do in
anycase. If you can't match the tiles exactly, think about a strip of
contrasting tile to divide the remaining walls from your new ones.
You will be taking down not only the tiles but the walls as well.
You will soon know whether the wall is drywall or mud on lath.
It will be a huge mess and you will need someplace to put all
If you plan to re-use the tub, expend some effort to ptotect its
finish from the falling rubble. An old blanket in the bottom
is good but a sheet of plywood over the top of the tub is better.
If the tiles are loose, they may peel off in chunks. If you have to
demo the wall, chisels and prybars.
Close the room off and block heat registers; there will be
plenty of dust to control.
Have you read several books on tile work and the prep for the wall?
The crew that renovated my bathroom just used a crowbar to remove the
drywall, with all the tiles still attached to it. It took 10 minutes to get
the 3 walls done, it was amazing. We had to replace the drywall anyway, so I
think it was the most efficient method.
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