I removed a few tiles from my bathtub shower enclosure to make a small
repair. Is there any easy way I can remove the thinset on the back of the
tiles so I can reuse them? They were installed when the house was built 27
If you find an easy way, let me know.
Someone spent a lot of money back when attempting to stick those
tile in a manner that would not come undone. To save a few tile
to reinstall, carefully grind the thinset off the back. I would
suggest a concrete rubbing stone hand toot), if you break the tile
it cannot be matched unless you have some spares.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
On 15 Oct 2006 06:04:23 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I have also heard of using some liquid dish soap in the soaking water.
However, it still needed a little more than a wire brushing to get
most of the thinset off ie. still needed a good stiff putty knifing.
BTW, all the thinset does not really have to be off. All one has to
do is remove enough so as to provide enough space for a thin layer of
thinset or mastic for remounting without making the tile sit too high
off the wall/floor.
My experience with this was where I had to use "Used" tile to repair a
spot in a customer's bath. Had to replace 6 cracked tile with 6 used
tile robbed from under her vanity because that tile was not offered
any more. I scraped/chiseled/persuaded/cursed enough of the old
thinset off the backs of the tile and ALL the thinset
scraped/chiseled/persuaded/cursed off the mounting surface so the tile
would not set higher than the existing tile field around the
replacement when new thinset was applied. So, I really only removed
about half the height of the thinset on the back of the used tile and
applied a thin enough layer of thinset so the tile laid level with the
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