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fordperson 02-22-2020 11:19 AM

quick tile question
I am working on another shower. I am using aprox 1x1 hex tile around the shower drain and managed to set a single tile slightly (1/32) above the drain. I take it this is going to be a problem? what is the best way of taking it out?


cx 02-22-2020 11:24 AM

Below the drain would be a problem, above the drain is not a functional problem and if it's not an aesthetic problem I'd leave it alone.

Without knowing how your shower receptor was constructed, it's not possible to tell you how problematic removal and replacement might be.

My opinion; worth price charged.

fordperson 02-22-2020 11:42 AM

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here is some pictures. its a kerdi drain. I was thinking of cutting the tile with an angle grinder and just chiseling it out.

Davy 02-22-2020 02:12 PM

You said it's a Kerdi drain. Is there Kerdi under the tiles? If there's Kerdi or other surface applied membrane under the tile then I'd leave it alone. You'll be opening a can of worms if you damage the membrane.

A lot also depends on how long the tiles have been installed. If they were set yesterday then the thinset is probably wet enough to let go without damaging the membrane. But, I can't promise that.

fordperson 02-22-2020 03:45 PM

yep there is kerdi under there, Im going to try to just grind out the small piece using a diamond attachment and replace it. This tile is quite thin and the area around the drain flange shouldnt have kerdi under it. wish me luck

fordperson 02-22-2020 03:46 PM

BTW how big of a deal is this? i know its not perfect but i wonder if its livable..

sorry I just noticed I made a mistake in my original post, the drain is actually higher then 2 of the tile pieces and not the other way around.

PC7060 02-22-2020 06:04 PM


BTW how big of a deal is this? i know its not perfect but i wonder if its livable..
From the pictures it does not appear to be a big deal to me but you are the final judge. When facing similar dilemmas I often find if I give it a bit of time it becomes apparent the problem really isn't a problem and gets categorized as "fine as is".

Davy's "opening can of worms" is a apt description of what could happen if you try to remedy it.

cx 02-22-2020 06:32 PM


Originally Posted by Tom
quick tile question

Best you stop doing that "quick tile," Tom. If you slow down just a bit you might find you end up with fewer of those afterthought problems. :)

fordperson 02-22-2020 06:41 PM

haha yes i should.

Well to give you guys an update, I was able to remove the tiles in question with a center punch. I started at the edge of the tile and slowly chipped it away.

Should be all good :) thanks all.

ss3964spd 02-23-2020 06:53 AM

That's how I removed a 12X24 (over Ditra) that I chipped, Tom, worked great.

More photos once you've fixed it, k?

jadnashua 02-23-2020 02:14 PM

As long as you don't end up pulling most of the fleece off of kerdi, you should be okay. FWIW, thinset doesn't 'stick' to either Kerdi or Ditra. In the case of Kerdi, tile is help in place because it flows around the fleece, then cures, locking it in place. With Ditra, the tile is just held there mechanically because of the shape of the pockets...it's not 'stuck' to the Ditra at all.

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