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Unread 04-15-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Reusing Tile


I have a 5 year old home in Florida and most of the floors have tiles on the cement slab floor (ALFA Stone brand - Poseidon Avorio, Prima (13 1/8 x 13 1/8). One tile in the kitchen cracked and was replaced in 2009. I don't believe the contractor who did the replacement job was very qualified. This tile is currently wobbling side-to-side and the grout just about totally separated.

I was able to dig out the grout and (to my surprise) remove the tile intact. It looks like it has mastic on the bottom of the tile with a big gunk in one corner (probably to level the tile?) Since I only have 10 spare tiles and I'm having problems finding any new tiles, I was wondering if I can reuse this tile? It doesn't look like there is much mastic on the tile except for the big glob on the corner. Can this stuff be chisled off?
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Unread 04-15-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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You may be able to soak the tile in hot water to soften the mastic. It may then just scrape right off. If you can get the stuff off you can reuse the tile.
If that doesn't work, I'll always think it should have.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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Hi Tom, Welcome!

In addition to what Brian suggested...

Depending on the adhesive, you may also have to do some scraping vs. chiseling. A 4" razor scraper works well. If thinset is present, you'll probably need to grind, but sometimes the scraper may work.

Is there any thinset on the slab?

If so, you'll want to remove that as well.

Reset the tile with thinset. Dry set the piece first so you have an idea beforehand if you need to add extra adhesive (and where).
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Unread 04-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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I did have a lot of success by chisling the mastic (luckily I didn't break the tile). I will try your suggestions tomorrow to get the rest of it off. How clean does the back of the tile have to be to reuse it?

I didn't see any thinset but then I don't think I would recogize it if it was there. The contractor I am considering using told me that it was mastic. I figured I could save some $$$ if I cleaned it up myself first. Any place I can look online to see what each product look like (like on the back of a removed tile)?

Appreciate the advice.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 08:37 PM   #5
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Tom, Is it possible to post a picture of where the tile was removed from. As far as saving money.... if you're only talking about one tile, let your contractor deal with it. Unless he's charging you by the minute I think it's a waste of your time.

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