Looking to remove tiles in Bathroom (need advice)

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Romelee

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Hi all,

I am getting quotes in at the moment for my bathroom to be fully tiled, all walls top to bottom and floor.

So far the quotes are ranging from £590-690 but before any of them can do any work i need to remove the tiles.

So now the dreaded bit, what would be the best way?

All i can tell you is the following:

Left wall is plasterboard, behind that wall is a walk in cupboard.

Back wall is plasterboard, behind that wall is my next door neighbours house joint to mine.

Right wall is plasterboard, behind that wall is the front of my house.

Any ideas of the best way to remove the tiles without damaging the plasterboard to a extent that it will have to be replaced.

I was thinking of getting a cheap SDS drill but not to sure as i don't want to buy something for this sole purpose only to find out i will still have to replace all of the plasterboard.

Also attached some piccys of the tiled walls i need to remove.

Your thoughts are most welcome.

All the best

Jay

Left Wall-min.JPG Back Wall-min.JPG Right Wall-min.JPG
 

3_fall

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Buy tile backer boards, something like Deltaboard, which are waterproof and need minimal tanking in your shower area instead of wasting money on an SDS drill.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll get the tiles off without damaging the plasterboard if the original tiles are correctly fixed.
I know it’s not what you want to hear, but it is the likely outcome.
 
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Romelee

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Hi 3_fall,

Thanks for that info, i have heard of moisture resistent plasterboard but never heard of tile backer boards, any idea of size i will need as it seems they come in all different sizes? Are they just cut to size and nailed to the joists and then taped at joints?

Also do you know of the best place to buy?

Sorry for all the questions.

Jay
 

acaciaguy

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There is no way to get tiles off without damage to plasterboard. Best thing is to as mentioned above is to remove tiles and plasterboard and use with a backerboard. How large are the tiles that you are going to have fixed?
 
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Waluigi

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What size tiles are going onto your walls?

The vast majority of tiles people buy nowadays usually mean the prep work is considerably more involved than the tiling itself.
 

acaciaguy

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If the wall behind the shower is a stud wall (could be chased in if brick) this would be a good opportunity to get the shower wiring / water hiden and you can lose the trunking
 
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Romelee

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If the wall behind the shower is a stud wall (could be chased in if brick) this would be a good opportunity to get the shower wiring / water hiden and you can lose the trunking
I would be amazed if the wall behind the shower is brick, the whole house seems to be plasterboard apart from outer walls to the house, outer walls i think is plasterboard>breeze block>brick.

Jay
 

acaciaguy

Professional Tiler
Even better :grinning: If its one layer of plasterboard then I would take it all off with the tiles and replace the shower / wet area with a backer board and then the rest of the plasterboard areas use moisture resistant PB. When you try to take the tiles off the plasterboard if you can find out where the studs and and cut the board in the right place you might be able to get the tiles and PB off in small sheets rather than tile by tile
 
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