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How do I get these d#!@m tiles off the wall?

Asked by syz (35649points) August 16th, 2007

I'm having new countertops put in and I've got to take off the tile backsplash down in the kitchen. Problem is, they're on there GOOD! I've got a dremmel tool with a grout blade, I've got a pry bar and a hammer - nothing is working. I've actually poked a hole in the drywall in the shape of a 4x4 tile. Even if the installers decide that it's ok, they can make it fit...too late, I've chipped and cracked the remaining tiles in my struggles. Grrr.

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gailcalled's avatar

So, why didn't you ask fluther before taking the pry bar and hammer to wall :-d Sorry.

syz's avatar

Didn't realize it was going to be such a problem, thought I'd be able to pop them off.

gailcalled's avatar

Glue only works when you don't want it to. I have been trying to glue two halves of a glass table top for two years. No luck. I am thinking of gluing tiles to stained drywall as a backsplash in MY kitchen. Your story makes me more likely to try. Real ceramic or plastic?

syz's avatar

They're ceramic tile, but I cheated...I didn't use mortar ('cause the tiles kept sliding down), I used an all-purpose adhesive and now I know - it works! Because it's a fairly small space, the project was inexpensive and turned out really nicely. Just be sure to use unsanded grout.

peggylou's avatar

But if your tiles are placed more than, say, 1/8" apart, you may need sanded grout. When I tiled with tile that used 1/4" grout lines, I needed to use sanded grout to keep it in properly.

unlimited1's avatar

sheetrock is inexpensive and easy to replace. Time value: tiles are scraped off and wall is repaired/prepped.= 5–8 hours. Take off old sheetrock w/ tiles 1/2hr remove, old nails/screws 10 min,Cut and replace sheeetrock. 1/2 hr. Tape and spackle 1hr per day?total time 1 1/2 hrs..Nice part about removal is upgrades can be performed at the same time…And inspection of wood to note condition..very little time invested to do so..

1830's avatar

NEED HELP IN HOW TO MAKE THE WALL SMOOTH AFTER TAKING THE TILES OFF ALSO BEST WAY TO TAKE UP STONE FLOOR TILES APART FROM BASHING THEM WITH A HAMMER TO BREAK THEM? STARTED WORKING ON IT 2DAY 11/10/08 NEED TO HAVE IT FINISHED BY 27TH AS NEW KITCHEN BEING FITTED ON THAT DAY.

gailcalled's avatar

^^shhh^^ Question asked over a year ago. Problem is probably solved.

thisisp4t's avatar

Is your sub floor concrete or wood? Sometimes with would the tiles get set up over a lath that helps. Otherwise get a big chisel. Pref with one of those orange grip handles, saves your fingers and helps with the stray pieces flying about. Don’t bash either. Use maybe half of that to just slowly break the tile then try to get the chisel underneath. Bashing can make you end up patching walls. Also make sure you use a bigger notched trowel. Too many times have I seen people try to use a 3/16 v notch on a slightly damaged wall and ended up with lips all over. I say if its not a new wall go for the 1/4inch, maybe 1/2 if its the floor, set for a day, day after grout and done.

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