Easy Tile Removal
February 2, 2011
I’m working my way down my Home Goals of 2011 list, and removing the backsplash tile in my kitchen has been Priority Numero Uno. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I spent yesterday morning removing tile!
A few months ago, I received a cordless Dremel MultiMax and I’ve been waiting to break it in ~ yesterday was the perfect opportunity. I realized it didn’t come with the grout removal attachment so while it charged, I grabbed the attachment at my local home improvement store.
I always do the happy dance when I get to break in a new tool.
Removing tile is messy and can be hazardous so I armed myself with tarps, safety goggles and some gloves.
The MultiMax was really easy to use ~ the attachments come on and off with the help of a simple hex key.
I was especially concerned with preserving the other surrounding white tile since it’s staying. This grout cutting tool made perfectly smooth cuts, so it really helped achieve that.
The first few pieces came out pretty easy with the help of the Dremel. About 200 more taps of the chisel and hammer . . .
. . . and here’s what we were left with.
We had to repair some of the sheetrock that came out with the tile, so we fixed it with some patching compound and drywall mesh tape.
Now we have a nice clean ‘canvas’ for the new white tile going in today.
Today Ramon is coming over. Ramon is our good friend. Ramon has tiling skills. Ramon has a big tile saw. Ramon will teach Kate how to cut and install tile. Kate is one happy gal !!
I’ve got a few other projects I’ve been working on too, can’t wait to share. Until then, happy home improvement!