Tile just goes between the backsplash and the upper cabinets? Drywall, not
plaster? What are you putting up to replace it?
In general, Stanley wonderbars and/or BFH, with suitable eye protection, are
the tools of choice. Depending on what tile was applied with, you may get
away with skimcoating bare wall, but plan on demo'ing to the studs, unless
you will be covering with something else. Best results are obtained by
removing upper cabinets, but if you aren't fussy, or plan to panel over the
area with something, you can fake that joint with artful mudding, and/or a
few sticks of trim at the transition, since it is usually not in direct
view. This area doesn't have to be strong, just look pretty. If you are
putting back ceramic, the flatter the stripped wall is, the better the new
tile will look. Typical 4-inch ceramic telegraphs bumps and waves like mad.
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