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Old 07-15-2007, 01:43 AM   #1
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reattach old shower tiles falling off

Hi all,

We have an old bathroom, build in the 50ies, as you can probably appreciate from the black-on-salmon color. A portion of the tiles in the shower are coming off the wall. Eventually, in a year or so, we want to redo the whole bath but we don't have the time and resources to do it now. I don't want to retile the whole shower since we are going to tear all down.
I just want to fix it temporarily until I either have the time to do it, or have the cash the pay someone else to do it for me.

The tiles came off without braking. I was thinking of gluing them back somehow.
What is the best way to reattach them on so that they look half decent and they do not fall off the first time we open the faucet?
Also, how can I effectively clean the old grout off the tiles?

The stuff in the back is mortar. There is about 1" thick of it, on drywall.

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Old 07-15-2007, 06:34 AM   #2
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Usually a sharpe razor knife will knock the grout off the edge of the tile. Getting the thinset off the back is a differet story. I have a diamond disk to use for this but it's kind of expensive. If you are lucky a 4" scraper will work. You need to get both the tile and the wall clean and then reattach with thinset.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:51 AM   #3
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They will probably not be even with the old ones after reinstalling, just do the best you can, grout it and live with it till you redo it all.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:32 AM   #4
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The back of the tiles came out clean of thinset. There is only 50 years old grout on the edge, which is as hard as stone.

What adhesive should I use to glue them back? Thinset? Is there any adhesive that can be used thinner?

And can I glue the tiles on the exiting thinset on the wall? It seems to be in good shape. I don't think there is anyway to get it off the drywall. There is probably lath in the back too.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:01 AM   #5
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Are you sure that's sheetrock back there, usually a tile-over-sheetrock job won't last that long. I would check the area for more loose tiles. If you start chiseling the thinset off the wall, you may shake more loose. For a quick fix you might can apply a thin layer of thinset on the tiles and leave the old thinset on the wall. Usually we clean the thinset off the wall too, like Leon said.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
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I didn't go back all the way to the sheetrock. However, the rest of the house is sheetrock + lath + 1" of mortar on top. I assume the shower is the same.
I don't want to remove the existing thinset b/c it's 1" thick. It should be called "thickset".
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Old 07-15-2007, 02:51 PM   #7
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If it's that thick you could carve some grooves across the face of the "thickset," then back butter each of the tiles and set them in place. Again, these tiles may be slightly "proud" of their neighbors, but it'll get your through until you decide you've had enough of salmon'n'black.
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I like the sandwich idea. I am going to hardware store to get a diamond blade for the angle grinder. Good excuse for a new tools
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