06:41AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 11/23/03
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I want to replace some old showertile. After a few hours with hammer, putty knife, and showers of ceramic bits (with little progress) thought I'd get some advice. Whoever installed this meant it to stay. The mastic, wall, and tiles are like one mass. Am I better off ripping out the walls or is there a better way of removing tile that I'm missing?


08:31AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
These wouldn't be concrete walls, would they? Or do you just mean it's so well fixed to the drywall (or backer board) that THAT comes off the framing?

If it's drywall, I'd remove it down to the vapor barrier (assuming it's an outside wall) and put new concrete backerboard on that...then re-tile. If the vapor barrier just comes off or falls apart, I'd replace it first.

If it's a concrete wall, someone else will need to field that one.

Good luck


09:55AM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 11/23/03
2 lifetime posts
Two of the three walls appear to be plasterboard. The third wall which is giving me the headaches, appear to be concrete board. The tile is stuck very firmly to the concrete board. Is it better to chip away or just pull the whole thing?


05:25PM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
pull everything down to the studs,then replace in reverse order......good luck



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