I want to remove some floor tiles in my bathroom that are laid right up to a wall which is also tiled - there's no skirting board.
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However I'm worried about damaging the wall tiles due to the horizontal force travelling through the floor tiles. Unfortunately the previous owner left no spare wall tiles.
What's the best way to remove them without damaging the wall tiles?
All depends on how well the floor tiles are stuck down.
Last time I lifted some I used an angle grinder with stone cutting disk
(like Toolstation 97863) to cut out the grout on a central tile, then
lifted one at a time with a bolster working towards the walls.
It was surprisingly easy.
I doubt that the act of shearing the edge floor tile from the adhesive
will hurt the wall.
However, if you can cut the grout line between wall and floor at the
base of the wall with an angle grinder, Fein tool or somehow, that
should provide a bit of decoupling when the floor tile lifts. You can
then replace with a line of flexible sealant (what I usually do between
floor and wall).
On Friday, January 2, 2015 8:30:44 AM UTC, Tim Watts wrote:
to a wall which is also tiled - there's no skirting board.
force travelling through the floor tiles. Unfortunately the previous owner
left no spare wall tiles.
I once tried to remove and replace a cracked tile. Whilst using a bolster I
managed damage an adjacent tile despite it being about 6" from where I was
using the bolster. I guess I managed to "push" the piece of tile I was rem
oving hard enough into the adjacent tile. If their is a small recess behind
the wall tile (where it meets the floor) I'm worried the same sort of thin
g might happen.
OK, makes sense. What about a dremmel or will that basically offer me the s
ame. I'm completely removing all the floor tiles so I'll bear in mind using
sealant when I re-tile the floor.
Sorry for being a bit overcautious, it's just that I don't know where the p
revious owner bought the tiles and I have NO SPARES.
On Friday, January 2, 2015 8:52:36 PM UTC, Charlie wrote:
up to a wall which is also tiled - there's no skirting board.
al force travelling through the floor tiles. Unfortunately the previous own
er left no spare wall tiles.
I managed damage an adjacent tile despite it being about 6" from where I w
as using the bolster. I guess I managed to "push" the piece of tile I was r
emoving hard enough into the adjacent tile. If their is a small recess behi
nd the wall tile (where it meets the floor) I'm worried the same sort of th
ing might happen.
same. I'm completely removing all the floor tiles so I'll bear in mind usi
ng sealant when I re-tile the floor.
previous owner bought the tiles and I have NO SPARES.
dremel would take forever, just use a hand grout saw/remover.
On Friday, January 2, 2015 8:33:07 AM UTC, Rod Speed wrote:
No, I plan on removing all the floor tiles. It's the removal of the ones ad
jacent to the wall that I'm most concerned about, especially if some of the
plaster is missing at the base of the wall and there is a gap behind the b
ottom of the tile as it may crack easily if any force is applied to it.
OK, then I would break up the row of tiles that are one row
in from the wall and then the one that is up against the wall.
It should be very easy to do that without any risk of damage
to the wall at all.
Even less risk than using a multitool on the grout between
the floor and the wall and less risk than using something to
get rid of the grout one floor tile in from that and leavering
the floor tiles once you have done that.
Yes he has. I wouldn't do it that way myself, too easy
to slip and go into the wall IMO. I'd use a lump hammer
and chisel to break up the two rows of tiles as I stated above.
Since it looks like the wall tiles went on first (ie they don't overlie
the floor tiles) I wouldn't think you'd have too much trouble here.
I would lift the tiles starting in the middle of the floor and work out
to these more important edges. This will give you a feel for how well
stuck everything is. Once you cut through the grout though, lifting the
tiles shouldn't be too hard.
I recently had to cut out a patch of tiles that had lost adhesion. I
tried a few ways to break through the grout but the best by a long
stretch was a carbide grit cutter on my mutlitool. I was a bit
surprised as it was from one of the Aldi sets and I didn't expect it to
last five minutes.
Probably, looks like an SDS drill.
I think that if you take up the tiles in the middle of the floor first.
Club hammer and bolster, though if you have an SDS drill then a chisel
in that might be easier esp if they are stuck well.
Then should be easier enough to lift the ones at the edge with out
damaging the wall tiles. Once you have one out you can go along, rather
than towards the wall anyway. If I was worried I'd use a Tungsten
Carbide grit blade in a multitool to cut the tile/grout.
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