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hgiljr
04-30-2008, 08:15 AM
Hello all... So I began yesterday my mission to remove the old grout so new grout can be done. I began doing the manual work using a grout saw and I must say WOW, huge mission. I did chip about 2 tiles doing this. My grout lines are very close, enough to fit the grout saw, so any wrong movement will chip a corner. So after 2 hours I was only able to do less then I expected. Now I do have a dremel and a rotozip and I see there are attachments for each. How effective are they? Are they recommended? Any info appreciated. Thanks

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bbcamp
04-30-2008, 09:14 AM
Both the Dremel and Roto-zip can remove grout, but can also damage your tiles. Try a Groutgetter (http://www.groutgetter.com/) instead.

hgiljr
04-30-2008, 09:25 AM
Isn't this the same as a grout saw just a different shape? Being the shape that it is, triangle shape, won't that be more difficult to reach all the grount in the joing?

bbcamp
04-30-2008, 09:28 AM
Grout Saw:
http://z.about.com/d/miniatures/1/8/Z/A/-/-/groutsaw.jpg

GroutGetter:
http://www.groutgetter.com/catalog/g13d.jpg

Which are you using?

custombuilt
04-30-2008, 10:33 AM
personally i've had more luck with the groutgetter type tools then the saws....but I only try to revmove unsanded grout....sanded is too hard!

hgiljr
04-30-2008, 11:01 AM
I am using the grout saw and it is for Sanded grout... I just saw the grout getter at my local store and I think it will be limited in doing the work since of the triangle shape tip. I can tell you that with the grout saw it is still hell which is why I was inquiring about the dremel or rotosaw attachments. The dremel looks to have a much smaller bit then the rotosaw which might work if I am careful enough. Is it wise to wet the grout a bit? Will it make it easier to remove?

kerdibird
04-30-2008, 05:24 PM
Use a utility knife with a strong blade(not the ones that snap off) and go to town! Takes a bit of effort but if the grout needs to be redone then it's probably soft enough. You certainly won't chip any tile :)