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Bathroom Renovation Made Easy: Learn How to Remove Tiles with Confidence

Tile removal is a task that requires a significant amount of physical labour and can be a time-consuming process. It’s important to budget and plan for the task accordingly, taking into consideration the size of the area to be covered, the type of tile to be removed and the tools and equipment required to do the job. It’s also worth considering hiring a professional if you are not confident or experienced. Ensure you have the proper tools and equipment to the job, and make sure you work safely. This can save you a significant amount of time and money in the long run and also help you to avoid any accidents.

Bathroom with lots of Blue Tiles

How to Remove Tiles in Just a Few Simple Steps

The method of removal you choose will depend on the type of tile and adhesive used. For ceramic or porcelain tiles, a hammer and chisel can be used to break and lift the tiles. If the tile is more difficult to remove, a jackhammer may be needed to help get in between the tile glue or mortar and the concrete.

Once the tile has been either lifted or broken into smaller pieces, use a scraper to remove the remaining glue or adhesive from the floor. If the adhesive is proving difficult to remove, a chemical adhesive remover or concrete grinder may be necessary.

How a Jackhammer and Trolley Can Make your Job a Breeze

Master Hire offers a wide range of jackhammers available for hire, suitable for different types of projects. For smaller jobs where space is an issue, we have small and SDS rotary jackhammers that are easy to handle and maneuver in tight spots.

Our large jackhammers can be mounted on a trolley that has an adjustable pitch and angle. This feature allows you to use the jackhammer in different angles for maximum efficiency and comfort. By adjusting the pitch and angle, you can reach the surface at a comfortable angle, making it easier to work on for extended periods of time, and avoiding any stain on your back. All our jackhammers come with attachments that can be easily swapped out to suit the specific task at hand. The tile lifter attachment is ideal for removing tiles and helping scrap off residual glue or help chip off cement based adhesives.

Safe Use of Jackhammers and Tile Removal Tools

Tile lifter chisels typically have a single bevelled edge. We recommend facing that edge to the concrete floor. With the single bevelled edges facing upwards the angle is greatly reduced and the impact is focus on the edge of the tile rather than towards the adhesive, at a point between the tile and concrete.

Creating and Maintaining a Safe Job Site

Using safety equipment is really important when working with jackhammers to removing tiles (it’s also important to prepare the area by covering any nearby surfaces with a drop cloth to protect them from debris). It is essential to protect your eyes, lungs and hands from potential hazards such as concrete dust, sharp tile shards, and shattering tiles. Goggles and gloves are essential to protect your eyes and hands from flying debris and chipped tile shards. A dust mask is also highly recommended to protect your lungs from inhaling the fine concrete dust that can be generated during the process (Concrete dust can cause respiratory problems and inhaling it can be dangerous).

It is also important to remember that the dangers of jackhammering and tile removal are not limited to just the person operating the equipment. Look out for people around you, as they can be at risk from flying debris and chipped tile shards as well. Sharp tile shards can cause cuts and injuries, shattering tiles can cause injuries to eyes and face. By using the appropriate safety equipment and being aware of the potential hazards, you can protect yourself and those around you from injury and keep the job site safe.

Old Brown Tiles

Different Types of Glue Used to Lay Tiles

When it comes to ripping up and replacing tiles, there are several types of glue to choose from, each with their own unique properties and applications. The type of tile and adhesive that was used, as some adhesives can be more difficult to remove than others.

Mastic tile adhesive is a popular choice for its flexibility and ease of use. It is a pre-mixed adhesive that is spread directly onto the surface before the tile is placed. This type of adhesive is best for small or irregular surfaces and can be used for both wall and floor tiles. Removing this can be as simple as scraping the glue off and can be tough and resilient enough that chemicals are required to fully remove it.

Old Broken Tiles with Mortar

Cement-based tile adhesives is the most common type you will find. It is often chosen for its ability to provide a strong bond and to withstand the weight and movement. Thinset Mortars (a type of Cement-based tile adhesive) is a popular choice for floor tiles, as it provides a strong bond and is suitable for use with tile types such as ceramic or porcelain. It is a dry, cement-based powder that is mixed with water before being applied to the surface. Removing this can be as simple as scraping the hardened glue off with a chisel or jackhammer. However it can be really tough and resilient enough that a concrete grinder is required to fully remove it and get the surface back to a smooth finish.

After the tile and adhesive have been removed, inspect the subfloor for any damage. If any is found, it should be repaired before you plan on laying any new tiles.

Choose Master Hire for all your Jackhammer Hire Requirements

A jackhammer and trolley combination is a valuable asset when it comes to tile removal. It’s a tough and time-consuming job, but with the right tools, it can be a breeze. The jackhammer packs a powerful punch, making short work of even the toughest tiles. The adjustable pitch and angle feature allows for a comfortable working position, making it easier to work on for extended periods of time and reducing the risk of strain or injury (better than struggling with a hammer and chisel). In conclusion, a jackhammer and trolley can greatly improve the speed and ease of tile removal and is highly recommended for tile removal projects.

At Master Hire, we understand that every project is different, that’s why we have a wide range of jackhammers available to suit all your needs. Our team of experts is always on hand to provide advice and guidance on which jackhammer will be best for your project, so you can get the job done quickly and efficiently.