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Replacing a broken tile


The most important part of a tile repair job (especially in a shower) is to do it quickly, just as soon as you find the loose or broken tile. If not, a lot of water can get behind the tile and degrade the drywall behind. Which, of course, would make for an even bigger repair job in a very short time. You can temporarily fix a loose or broken tile by filling the grout gaps and cracks with silicone caulk. But this will only buy you a week or two. The better approach is to remove the tile.

 

1. Start removing the tile by drilling a hole through the grout at all four corners using a masonry bit in a power drill. Your goal is to focus just on the problem tile. Donít do anything that will damage the surrounding tile and grout.

 

2. Remove the grout around the tile using either a small grout saw, such as the one shown here, or a sharp utility knife. Remove the grout in repeated slow cuts. Donít try to do it all at once.

 

3. Once the grout is removed, work an old chisel under the tile, and twist it to break the tile free from the adhesive. If the tile isnít cracked, strike it with a hammer to break it.

 

4. Using a dull chisel, scrape away the old adhesive until the surface behind the tile is flat and smooth. When all the adhesive is gone, brush away any dust and vacuum around the entire opening.

 

5. Apply adhesive to the wall using a notched trowel. Make sure the whole section is covered with adhesive. Then press the tile into the opening, lithe tiles have alignment ears, then the new tile should lust slip in. If it doesnít, use plastic spacers to align the tile.

 

 

 

 

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