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03-15-2005, 09:28 AM
i'm looking for advise on how to remove a ceramic tile floor, in a small bathroom (which would make a power tool difficult to use). the tiles are 1 inch squares, perhaps laid down in sheets. the bathroom/powderroom is only 3 feet wide (and 6 feet long). and i think its a mud set. sledge hammer? chissel? solvent? hand held power tool? thanks. scott

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03-15-2005, 10:37 AM
Get a small crowbar or prybar or chisel and regular hammer and tap or break it out. Wear eye protection.

03-15-2005, 12:29 PM
Make sure you use a masonry cold chisel as you don't want to go hitting hard tiles with anything like a hardened woodworking chisel. A small sledge hammer will let you get a little more oomph behind each swing, but its not essential.

Hold the chisel at a low angle to separate the tiles from the setting bed. And lilke Greg said, eye protection is a must. A pair of heavy duty or leather work gloves isn't a bad idea either.

Steve in PA
03-15-2005, 02:13 PM
Are you putting new tile in the room?
If the old tile is sound and hight is not a problem, you could tile right over it.
You might have to raise the toilet flange and reset a pedistal sink a little higher.

If not... a compressor and a small air chisel works wonders.

Good luck,