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1busymom

07:27AM | 07/16/06
Member Since: 07/14/06
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Help! Need to know if there is a way to remove ceramic tile without breaking it so that it can be reused. A remodeling project has resulted in some broken tile and we are unable to get more of it as it is now discontinued. In order to avoid replaceing the entire entryway I need to remove a pathway from the doorway to the living room that will be replaced with a coordinating tile and allow me to reuse the removed tile. I really don't want to replace this tile (Laufen Palladium 12x12 Cinnabar) as the colors go with everything and I only need 1 tile inorder to do the coordinating thing. Thanks for any help!

flooringworldDOTorg

04:52PM | 07/22/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
yes, you need to relieve the stress of the tiles and cut through the grout joints to pry them up.

There is no guarantee and depends on the tile, setting mortars used, and care used when trying to remove them, to determine success.

just go slow and work each side of the tile after you have removed the grout, and most will pop full.

We use a diamond blad on a 4-1/2" angle grinder to cut through and remove the grout, and a small 1/4" cold chisel; and a light hammer to gently tap under each side of the tile a little at a time until it pops.

good luck.

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