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Old 08-11-04, 12:09 PM
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Any tile experts out there?

I need some advice, please. We're re-tiling the counter in our guest bathroom with ceramic tile. We mortared in the tiles for the backsplash, then (after the mortar had set) decided we wanted to arrange them differently. We got the tiles off without any problem, but we need to get the mortar off to re-attach the tiles.
Any suggestions as to how I might accomplish the mortar removal? I've tried wire brush, wire wheels, and sanding, to no avail.
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That stuff is really hard to remove.

I know one time I heard that someone just filled it all in the put a new layer in to lay the tile.

In my bathroom when they got to that part, they just took the dry wall (or whatever it was) out and replaced it with a new piece to put the new tile on - but luckily it wasn't continuous with any other tile, so that was easy.
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Tactical nuke?

Your problem is that you allowed your wife to change her mind.

Grow a pair.

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course sand paper on a belt sander
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Did you not have to make ANY cuts? What type of tile is it? It would be less hassle to toss the mistake and start over.

ALWAYS dry fit your tiles in the pattern you "think" you may want and then set them. The mortar is not meant to come off. Unless they are some super special tile, then you'll be better off using new ones.

I've recently (as often as yesterday) tiled my laundry room, kitchen, foyer, sunroom & guest bathroom. Believe me, dry fit and then set is the way to go! I layed all my tile on a diagonal.

ALSO, if you have to buy more, make sure they are from the same run. That way you'll have a correct color match. Check the code on the box to be sure. If you can't find the same run, then mix all the boxes.

Good luck...


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Old 08-12-04, 11:04 AM
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Hammer and chisel.

Or ask here:
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Get a grinder with a diamond bit blade. Its a pain in the ass but you can get it off easily this way. It is just a little tedious. I have done it this way before.

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