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How To Replace A Ceramic Tile Ľ Page 1


1 Step. With a carbide-tipped grout saw, apply firm grout but gentle pressure across the grout until you expose the unglazed edges of the tile. Do not scratch the glazed tile surface. If the grout is stub born, use a hammer and screwdriver to first tap the tile (Step 2).

 

2 Step. If the tile is not already cracked, use a hammer to puncture the tile by tapping a nail set or center punch into it. Alternatively, if the tile is significantly cracked, use a chisel to pry up the tile.

 

3 Step. To remove the tile, insert a chisel into one of the cracks and gently tap the tile. Start at the center and chip outward so you donít damage the adjacent tiles. Be aware that cement board looks a lot like mortar when youíre chiseling. Remove and discard the broken pieces.

 

4 Step. Use a putty knife to scrape away old thinset adhesive; use a chisel for poured mortar installation. Note: If the underlayment is covered with metal lathe you wonít be able to get the area smooth, just clean it out the best you can. Once the adhesive is scraped from the underlayment, smooth the rough areas with sandpaper. If there are gouges in the underlayment, flil them with epoxy-based thinset mortar (for cementboard) or a floor-leveling compound (for plywood). Allow the area to completely dry.

 

SAFETY FIRST

Chipping out a ceramic tile can create flying shards of very sharp ceramic fragments.

When doing this work, use patient, gentle blows of your hammer on the chisel. Always wear eye protection when using a hammer and chisel.

 

TOOL TIP

Before puncturing the tile with a nail set, you may want to weaken the tile by scoring deep fracture lines into it with a glasscutter and straightedge.

 

 

 

 

 

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