we are working on an old place where the owner wants the tiles around the fireplace saved and re-used
they were put on years ago (60+) with mortar, not tile grout
we have tried hacksaw behind them, nope, wire saw…not happening,, sawzall went no place…………die grinder…..nope
the local tile guys said use an acid, but they also said that the glaze would be removed
one of the tile guys said he could remove the 26 tiles, for 1400 and no gaurntee for breakage….that would be a sweet deal, 1400 and I can break stuff, nice, Id be done in 5 minutes
so any ideas ????????
Find a thin ,stiff flat screwdriver ,lay down something soft for the to land on and chip away,you will be surprised how many come off in one piece. 40 to 50% saved when you don't try to.
Hey, everybody knows all screwdrivers come with the standard screwdriver warning to NEVER use as a prybar, scraper, chisel, punch, nail set, hammer, paint stirrer, icepick, steak flipper, robbery weapon, ... And I NEVER did. Nope, not ever. Not even once. Except with this one screwdriver I have. Well I guess it's a screwdriver. It is a grandfather screwdriver that came before the lawyers wrote the screwdriver rules. It has a shank that runs the entire length that flattens at the handle, where two wood (yes real grown as a tree wood) handle pieces are riveted. The shank then expands again at the end to protect the handles where one could hammer on it, gasp! And.. I think it was hammered on here, years ago, since the shaft is just a bit bent, but not by me. For I was born in an age of specialization, where screwdrivers turn screws, and prybars pry bars.How about taking the whole substrate the tiles are on and re-mounting it?
If they were put on with mortar 60+ years ago, and they're still tight, IMO you're not going to have much luck getting them off in 1 piece. I've done tile demo that required a demo hammer to break up the mortar base and tile, not a good way to preserve tile. I've also had tiles practically falling off the mortar.
try tapping on the tiles to determine how well they're stuck. If they sound hollow, it's a good chance you can get them off.
If not, well, direct your customers to a good tile store.
Any chance you can get underneath the tile? is it on the wall or on the floor in front of the fireplace?
If its on the floor maybe you could try hitting from below to loosen up the mortar.
Is the HO planning to reuse this tile elsewhere? Why does he want it removed?
I think these things are toast
and the help here just helps me feel better about my answer to the home owner
antiques, wanted to re-use