Removing Bathroom Tiles

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    Hi Everyone,

    We need to completely renovate our en-suite bathroom, as it it has been leaking into one of the downstairs bedrooms.

    Some of the wall tiles will be on plasterboard attached to a partition wall, whilst others will be attached to plasterboard against an external wall. There are also the floor tiles.

    We're going to pay an expert to come and retile and fit the new bathroom suite, but if at all possible we'd like to do some of the prep work ourselves.

    As I'm no handyman, can anyone recommend the best way to remove the tiles (which wont be re-used) and provide any other advice that will help?

    I've seen chisel bits that you can attach to SDS drills that are supposed to make the job that bit quicker / easier, but will these damage the floor and walls?

    Thanks in advance for all advice / tips
     
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    I thought of doing the same when we had our bathroom done a few years back. I discussed the option of removing the tiles myself with the fitter although he only offered a £100 discount. I didn't have the relevant tools handy and he did say it's a horrible job so I considered it £100 well spent.
     
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    Having just done the same, I refitted a shower I can confirm removing tiles is a a right P.I.T.A!! It depends I guess on how well the previous fitter stuck the tiles. You may be lucky and a few taps and they come away whole, others could break away piece by piece and you will be wishing you paid the extra for the fitter to do it :D It's certainly not hard, just requires a but of patience and elbow grease.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I wouldn't mind doing it myself, as its something I've not done before.

    @Gavin_Hall How did you remove the tiles, manually or with a drill?
     
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    I used a bolster, a hammer and elbow grease! Some came off easily, others were a total swine. Took me about a day to remove them all, total wall area about 7m2, so only a shower area. Arms and shoulders certainly felt it!! :D

    Oh yeah, I guess you need to also decide whether new boarding is going up. If you are using the existing backing board, you'll need to be more careful when removing the tiles so as not to cause too much damage. In my case I relined the shower, so didn't care about the damage to the boards.
     
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    I'm sure that would help. A few years ago I lifted the tiles in the Kitchen, again it's not hard, just need a little graft. It's certainly doable. I guess it comes down to how much the tiler will charge to do it, versus your time and how much you value that.
     
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    I used a pry bar:
    Roughneck Utility Bar 7" (182mm) - Toolstation

    But a word of warning: Broken tiles are very sharp. Wear tough gloves when handling them and especially when prying them off the walls. If you slip and cut yourself you then get a trip to A&E... guess how I know.
     
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    Plan to replace some if not all of the boards, because you'll probably need to whether you like it of not. Damp &/or damage will appear
     
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    I did hall tiles once and they had been glued with a strange out of this world adhesive. It was tiny at about 2m2. Took days with a medium size Kango type hammer, manual bolsters, chisels and eventually I hired a machine with a 110mm wide blade that weighed about 60 kg at the front over the blade and had a hammer action. Even that took ages and couldn't get to the edges.

    In the kitchen - same house - 8m2 room about 40 minutes with bolsters and a small pein hammer.

    I have removed quite a lot of wall tiles (was paid for it) in many houses and as mentioned it varies. Most have been applied using dabs and often on a surface that should have been prepared. They can come off with just a bolster to lever them off with a tap of a hammer. In showers they can be better applied and take a lump hammer and bolster. Ocassionaly you will find properly applied tiles like my hall - and then a bit of an effort.

    Where they don't come off in one and you have to chip them away, it is extremely messy. The bits are sharp - over the bath or sinks or anything like that you are keeping, protect them with old blankets or similar. Wear a dust mask and gloves and goggles. And no bare feet!!

    A crappy old Hoover is useful too - a Henry was excellent to be abused by the hard dust and shrapnel.....

    I suggest you have a go on each wall and area to see how they are. If a few come off easily everywhere do it yourself - it can be quite cathartic. If they are a pain get the tiler in :)
     
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    I would restate what others have said, goggles and gloves are a must. I would also recommend knee protectors because those tile shards are razor sharp and you so don't want to knee on them!
     
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    Just stripped my bathroom tiles. All I needed was a hammer, scraper and occasionally a "hammer thru" screwdriver. Maybe it was their age (been up for nearly 30 years) but I was lucky they came off pretty easily. In many places I was pulling them off by hand - and as I pulled one off, another would come off on its own!

    As they came off so easily, I didnt bother with gloves, goggles etc
     
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    I can advise a hammer and old wood chisel.

    Floor- an SDS tile remover.

    Sometimes a Mutt works on the walls but one thing is for sure, it's irrelevant how you remove the tiles, often the whole plasterboard sheet has to come off and sometimes the bonding/hardwall comes off so you are down to block work.

    It's such a small part of the work that whenever a customer suggests it, I refuse. They rarely ask TBH.

    Removing every last tile off a bathroom can take either half an hour or 8 hours.
     
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    nooooooooooooo:eek:

    Seriously folks the protective gear doesn't make you less manly (or womanly). You realllh do only get one pair of eyes and blood is best kept inside the body........

    It only take one chip to get in one eye and it can really spoil your day - or longer :(
     
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    I've never worn any protective gear and I must've done 1k bathrooms.

    Apart from boots.

    Had plenty of nice cuts and shrapnel in the eye.
     
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    Don't worry, I know :), Sometimes have to wear safety glasses, ear defenders at work and always do when needed. These tiles were coming off whole in places and weren't splintering etc.
     
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    ^^^ What outoftheknow says.....if you are going to do this, wear the correct stuff.
     
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    I have a multitool.

    There are very few occasions where a multitool will work removing tiles.

    I'm not being dismissive, just realistic.
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    So I need:

    1. SDS Chisel (for floor tiles)
    2. SDS Drill (from mate)
    3. Hammer
    4. Wood Chisel / Bolster (for wall tiles)
    5. Gloves
    6. Goggles
    7. Dust Mask
     
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    You might also be left with random bits of adhesive stuck to the floor/walls. I used an angle grinder to get rid of these. The whole thing was a pain though. Took ages. Would happily pay someone to do it in future.
     
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    + rubble sacks
     
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    Yep, I filled about 10 of them. Our local recycling centre charges £360 each for hardcore disposal.
     
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    Ouch - no tip nearby? We can dump as much of anything we want as long as it's not from business use. Turning up in a car is enough though can take a few extra trips depending on the weight of the stuff
     
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    We did ours with a large hammer, breaker bar and ripped the lot off and replaced with new plasterboard.
    Carrying half an entire wall out at a time creates much less dust, rubble and pain.
     
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    Sorry, meant £3.60 each, not £360!
    Unfortunately not, the number of trips needed means its easier to pay there.
     
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    Just rip off the tiles and plasterboard carefully to prevent damage to pipes behind, you will never get tiles off without damaging the plaster behind.
    Then reboard using a waterproof board which will prevent moisture and water ingress.
    There are specialist sds angled removers but they are aggressive and will end up taking chunks out of the wall.
     
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    Multi tools will work with the right blade but they are noisy and it will take forever.

    I work for bosch btw and just going on experience
     
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    I used to have a green Bosch multitool which sort of doubled as a carving tool. Bought about 15 years ago and burnt it out the second time I used it. I have the Bosch Lithium now. Always use it on site but would only ever use it for removing ready mixed tile adhesive residue after removing tiles.
     
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    The multitools are great but they are noisy. great for taking out old window boards without damaging the plaster.
    Great for replacing damaged tiles as you can use the diamond bit for removing the grout around the damaged tile which makes it easier to remove without damaging adjacent tiles.
     

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