I am replacing my old 3 piece grohe faucets with a one-piece shower faucet. I need to remove 4 tiles, which will be replaced when the new faucet is installed.

How can I remove the 4 tiles without damaging the tiles I want to keep? I don't want to buy a specialty saw for just a one-time job.

Thank you!

  • Please revise to tell us something about the tiles in question.
    – isherwood
    Jan 18, 2019 at 20:41

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You first cut the grout line surrounding the 4 tiles. The cheapest tool for that task is a $10 grout saw like this https://www.lowes.com/pd/Marshalltown-2-in-Steel-Blade-Red-Plastic-Grout-Saw/1000204021. You can remove easily 5 ft of grout line in 30 minutes with this tool and elbow grease.

Then use a drill make holes in your tiles. Use a hammer and gently tap on the tiles. Finally, cleanup the thinset left behind.

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    Make CERTAIN you remove ALL thinset on underlayment or setting new tiles will be a huge problem.
    – M.Mat
    Jan 19, 2019 at 0:54
  • The plumber is going to entire remove the old four tiles where I have two handles and a 'thing' that I turn for either a shower or bath. That has totally seized up, as well as the two handles. I decided to get the new one-piece up-to-date piece, so he will be removing the backer board or what might be there. I think I might try and dremel and the grout saw recommended above. MUCH THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!!!
    – Anna
    Jan 20, 2019 at 17:56
  • @Anna if you need to redo the plumbing, you have to remove whatever that the tiles are attached to. Usually it is a cement board. By the way, what are you using to replace the removed tiles? Do you have any spare? The thing that turns from shower to bath is a diverter. It redirects water into one of your pipes.
    – Quoc Vu
    Jan 21, 2019 at 18:15
  • Thank you so much for your replies. I bought the Marshalltown grout saw yesterday and will attempt to remove the grout tomorrow.. I don't know what is in the back of the tile..,green board? backer board, ? I don't have replacement tiles, so might use decorative tiles that are compatible in color. I tiled my other bathroom by myself, so might try to do it again when I see what the plumber will uncover on Thursday, Yes, diverter!!!! I totally forgot what it is called!!!!
    – Anna
    Jan 23, 2019 at 1:50
  • cool. glad you already have a plan for repairing the tiles. when using the saw, dip the blade in water after few strokes. works better wet. just like wet saws.
    – Quoc Vu
    Jan 23, 2019 at 3:44

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