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Monday, February 01, 2010

How To Remove Your Old Tile

When your tile becomes unsightly or just out of date and you want to change it out,it may seem like an impossibilty. The cost of hiring someone to do it is usually at least as much as laying the new tile alone. Depending on how much tile you have to replace you might could save a lot of money by doing it yourself. A do it yourself-er can go to The Home Depot or just about any rental store and rent an electric chipping hammer for about $60.00 a day and with a little effort save hundreds of dollars.(Actually a lot of effort, but it pays well.)


  1. Depending on the room your doing you will probably have to take up some shoe molding. You will need it off to get the tile out and also to put the new tile back down.You will also need to pull any plumbing fixtures that are removable.Then cover anything else that could be damaged by flying debris. If your concerned about dust getting to the rest of your house you can put a drop cloth over the doorways.
  2. Your now ready to start chipping. There are 2 or 3 different type of bits you can rent with the hammer. The best one seems to be a blade about 3 or 4 inches wide. It is really good for getting the tile loose. Then they have a wider one at some stores that is good for getting the old thinset up. With these two bits you can get your floor pretty clean, although you might still need to get a floor scraper ( sometimes called wallpaper removers) with a 4” blade and scrape by hand to get it as smooth as you need.
  3. Finally, you need to dispose of the old tile. Check with your city utilities as to what there requirements are for garbage weights and they will pick it up at the street. There is a possibility that you may have to haul it to dump yourself. Be sure to wear gloves when working with broken tile for it is usually extremely sharp. The safety glasses and earplugs are a must.


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