07:12AM | 03/28/01
Member Since: 03/27/01
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My husband and I are renovating the kitchen in a circa 1912 house and the room has ceramic "subway tiles" installed as wainscotting (from the floor up to the midpoint of the wall - approx. 4.5 ft).

These tiles are installed directly over the roughing applied to the brick and they seem to be cemented on (if that's possible). I've tried to remove a couple of the tiles and they fragment instead of coming off in solid pieces.

Can anyone recommend how to remove these tiles in larger pieces? As it is, taking an inch of tile off at a time will make the demo project last about a year.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!


07:41AM | 03/28/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
There is no way to reliably remove ceramic tile other than to just smash it off. It is actually a benefit of ceramic tile: it is why ceramic tile is so durable and resilient. If it was easy to remove, it would fall off.

You could go through painstaking hammer and chisel removal that proceeds inch by inch like an archaeology dig if the tile is irreplaceable or incredibly valueable. But 99% of the time, it is not worth it. You will end up breaking much of it if you try to carefully remove it, anyway.

Don't be coy with it. Smash it off with a sledgehammer. Regular hammers are too small and too lightweight.



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