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Unread 05-28-2019, 04:59 PM   #16
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That’s funny you said that Leon. I spoke with a local retired tile guy.
I told him the whole story and when I told him that it was Dal- tile, he said ...
“Well there’s your answer”
Is all their stuff crap?
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Unread 05-28-2019, 07:38 PM   #17
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Unread 06-06-2019, 10:15 AM   #18
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Update...
I have to go back and remove and replace about 30 tiles.
Not looking forward to it , is a undstatement.
What is the most efficient way to cut out the grout around the tile?
Is there any attachment I could use on my multi master?
Also what is the best way to remove the thin-set that will remain on the concrete, once the tiles have been removed.
I replaced a tile or two over the years, but never anything like that
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Unread 06-06-2019, 05:27 PM   #19
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Yo, Don!!!

I like this attachment for a reciprocating saw for grout removal. There's also one for grout lines that are 3/16" or more if you need that.

For mortar removal, what works best and fastest for me is this chisel attachment for a demolition hammer (the SDS max). If you have one, it'll make the work go faster, you just have to slow down when you get to the surrounding tile, as the vibration will loosen or damage them.

For your multi-tool, there's also this attachment, but I've not used it, so I don't know how well it works.
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Unread 06-08-2019, 04:52 AM   #20
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Thanks so much Kevin!
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Unread 06-08-2019, 11:16 AM   #21
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Variable speed grinder with a vacuum makes it a breeze and keeps things clean. Run your blade on lower rpms and the vacuum keeps up with the dust well.
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Would you recommend something like this on the grinder?
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Unread 06-08-2019, 07:56 PM   #23
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Depends.

For removing grout? No!

For removing the mortar under the tiles, yes.
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Unread 06-08-2019, 08:23 PM   #24
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I thought he was talking about using a grinder for thin-set removal...

I never thought about a grinder for grout removal.
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Unread 06-08-2019, 08:45 PM   #25
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You could use it for grout removal, (not the attachment you posted, but just a regular diamond blade), but the dust would be awful and you'd be lucky not to inadvertently cut into the edge of a tile.

The demo hammer and chisel sends little pieces flying everywhere, and there is some dust, but nothing like the dust from a cup wheel.

The vac attachment does help, though. But it doesn't get 100% of the dust.
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I agree a regular grinder at 11000+ rpms makes a dust cloud.

If you have a variable speed and put it on the lower settings with a standard masonry blade, it’ll breeze through the grout and help get any stubborn thinset up. Kicks up minimal dust if you can keep up with your shop vac.
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Unread 07-01-2019, 05:37 PM   #27
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I got the tiles replaced...about 40 of them.
Thanks so much for the advise. The grout removal tool worked awesome,
and I picked up a M18 hackzall , that is a great tool.
I had the sds demo hammer and bits.
By the way when I was replacing the tiles I ended up having 23 new tiles that also had slight chips in them out of one and 1/2 boxes .
I have about 15 hours into the repair.
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Unread 07-02-2019, 09:04 AM   #28
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The 40 tiles that you replaced ... were they the ones with the chipped corners?
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Unread 07-04-2019, 11:59 AM   #30
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The M18 Hackzall is a great tool.
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