Stone Or Ceramic Tile Removal From Walls


A Stone or Ceramic tile removal isn't always needed for a new wall tile installation, But it certainly makes a lot of sense to do it.

If you don't remove the Stone or Ceramic tiles, you'll lose a bit of space. And space can be precious especially if your tiling a bathroom.
An extra layer of tiles on the walls can add up and if your tiling a bathroom that's already small you will notice the difference.

You may also have damage to the wall underneath the old tiles.  What about  having a tile or two that sits out a little further than the rest? When it comes to using tile as a tile underlayment, All it takes is one uneven tile to mess up your entire new wall tile installation.

Stone Or Ceramic Tile Removal While Saving Your Drywall

For a Stone or Ceramic tile removal where you can save the drywall is determined by If your existing  wall tiles were installed with tile mastic or by an old fashioned mud job.

If your Stone or Ceramic wall tiles were installed fairly recent, they were probably installed with tile mastic, and it should be relatively easy to remove them.
Use a putty knife, and pry the tiles off the sheetrock. Then use your putty knife, to scrape off the old tile mastic and debris, from the drywall.

If you can remove your Stone or Ceramic wall tiles this way you should be able to save your existing drywall and simply need to patch the damaged areas with a compound.

If you're finding it hard removing the tiles, then you will need to remove the tiles and sheetrock together. And afterward You'll  need to install new drywall.

Before you begin removing the tile along with the sheetrock make sure the wall does not contain plumbing pipes.  You will also need to turn off your electrical power.

Stone Or Ceramic Tile Removal From Sheetrock

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While wearing your safety goggles, respirator, and heavy duty work gloves, Use a sledgehammer, to break a hole through the wall.

Another way is to start at the top of the tiles, such as the wainscot or in a corner where two walls meet. Hit either a flat bar or a crowbar, with a hammer, to work it under both the tile and sheetrock. Then pry the sheetrock away from the studs with your pry-bar.

You can also use your gloved hands and pull the sheetrock from the nails, or pop the sheetrock off the screws.

Stone Or Ceramic Tile Removal From A Mud Job

In the case of your existing Stone or Ceramic wall tiles being installed by a mud-job, your in for a little bit more of a challenge.

A mud job is a thick layer of mortar, rather than tile mastic. The mud job contains metal laths and they're nailed to the studs.

For removing the tile from a mud job you will use the same technique as above for removing your Stone or Ceramic wall tile along with the sheetrock.
But use the pry bar also to pull the lath from the studs. When you run into plumbing penetrations, you may have to smash the tiles with a sledge hammer in order to break them apart.

Stone Or Ceramic Tile Removal From A Shower Or Tub Surround

When removing the wall of a shower or tub surround lots of folks chip every tile off the wall and then go about removing what's left of the drywall or backerboard underneath. This method is not only messy, but it's also time-consuming.
A better way to remove the wall is to remove the entire wall with the shower tile attached and tearing it down in big portions. It's best to start with the side walls and do the back wall last.

If the current bathroom wall tile installation is not all the way to the ceiling, chances are bullnose tiles are surrounding the bathroom wall tile. And the first thing you'll want to do is chip them off.

Be sure to plug up the drains to your shower or tub as all the old substrate will be falling into it. And the last thing you want is plumbing problems.

Remove all the edging tiles. Then you want to take your razor knife and cut into the wall and cut the wall behind along the edges of your bathroom wall tile.  Work your pry bar under the wall substrate and then pry off the wall.

This method not only gives you a way to remove the old wall surface but also a relatively straight line to butt your new wall substrate to.

If the old bathroom wall tile installation is installed all the way up to the ceiling or if you plan to install your new wall tile installation this high, Take a straight-edge and place it against the drywall along the first line you just cut and continue your cut all the way up to the ceiling.

You should wind up with a nice straight line from the tub to the ceiling.  Cut the intersection between the wall and the ceiling.
For your remaining walls cut the intersection between the walls and ceiling first. When you do this, the wall should come off cleaner.

Using your crowbar insert it into the line you just cut. You want to pry the entire tiled portion of the wall off the studs.  If there is not a stud directly behind the line you cut,  Just place the crowbar in and ‘pull the wall off.

Cement Backerboard and drywall are usually installed with nails or drywall screws. So you can pull them lose while prying.

You’ll need to work your pry bar back and forth a little to get it loosened, but it will eventually peel off in large pieces. When you run into the corner, just grab and peel the wall out.
Remove your other side wall in the same manner.

For removing the back wall, use your hammer to bust out a vertical line in the middle of the wall. Then pry your crowbar behind it and tear the entire wall out in large pieces.

Once you've finished up on removing the bathroom wall tile along with the walls, use your razor knife to clean up the edges of the wall around the shower or tub surround and install your new water tight  Cement Backerboard substrate.

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