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    • GBA43
    • By GBA43 4th Apr 17, 3:13 PM
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    Removing a tile from plasterboard
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    • 4th Apr 17, 3:13 PM
    Removing a tile from plasterboard 4th Apr 17 at 3:13 PM
    I need to remove a porcelain tile- size 45 cm x 31.5 cm 10 mm thick, from a plasterboard and plastered stud wall, without damaging plasterboard. Breaking tile not a problem as I have spares. Tiles were done about 2 months ago with tile cement, not ready mixed. Don't want to damage or loosen surrounding tiles or make a lot of dust as grouting and silicone only recently done. Have got to fix a box for towel rail connection. Would very much appreciate any practical ideas.
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    • Hasbeen
    • By Hasbeen 4th Apr 17, 3:41 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 3:41 PM
    I need to remove a porcelain tile- size 45 cm x 31.5 cm 10 mm thick, from a plasterboard and plastered stud wall, without damaging plasterboard. Breaking tile not a problem as I have spares. Tiles were done about 2 months ago with tile cement, not ready mixed. Don't want to damage or loosen surrounding tiles or make a lot of dust as grouting and silicone only recently done. Have got to fix a box for towel rail connection. Would very much appreciate any practical ideas.
    Originally posted by GBA43
    Personally my advice is do not! you may be lucky and tile come's off or if it was well fixed it will take most of the plasterboard wall with it.

    Then holes to fill etc

    What kind of towel rail requires a box behind it? electrical? if so possible to connect from other side??
    • GBA43
    • By GBA43 4th Apr 17, 4:54 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 4:54 PM
    Thank you for replying, wasn't expecting an answer so quick. The towel rail is electric and the wire from it has to go into a 'cable outlet 20A terminal block' and this then goes through to connect to a switch on the other side of the wall. (In spare bedroom). If I'm going to make all that mess taking tile off, I'll have to cut a hole to fit the electrical box for cable outlet. The lip round the edge of the box is same size as cable outlet plate. I needed a smaller cutout on the tile so that the plate will cover it. And drilling the tile will be difficult because its porcelain. I'm trying to find the least worst option.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 4th Apr 17, 6:04 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 6:04 PM
    Have you considered drilling a series of holes the same size as the box? That way you'll only be removing the amount of tile and plaster board you need to.
    • GBA43
    • By GBA43 4th Apr 17, 6:26 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 6:26 PM
    Yes, that was another option I'd thought of, but I had been thinking that I'd try and get the lip of the box behind the tile. I think I might have to have the lip on top of the tile. Also, I think it will be difficult to drill this tile. It being porcelain and 10 mm thick. However, this looks like it might be the only way.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 4th Apr 17, 6:52 PM
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    I know it doesn't help, but it's going to be hard going with those tiles I reckon.
    Surface box and a diamond hole cutter for a tube to take the cable?
    • DREKLY
    • By DREKLY 4th Apr 17, 11:46 PM
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    • 4th Apr 17, 11:46 PM
    I have also been attempting to remove some large mirror tiles from
    a plasterboard bathroom wall (the silvering has deteriorated)
    with mixed success, they too had been affixed with tile adhesive.

    I was able to get a couple of paint scrapers behind the edges, and
    lever enough till the glass shattered bits off, and in most cases it
    only took some of the top paper layer off the plasterboard... !
    But it was a nerve wracking task, with tiny slivers flying off into
    the bath.
    I would think you may have more success if those tiles were only
    recently fitted - Good Luck, and wear glasses
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    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 5th Apr 17, 9:56 AM
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    • 5th Apr 17, 9:56 AM
    Buy yourself a tungsten tipped tile drill, DO NOT USE it on HAMMER and it can be used to drill a series of small holes (chain drill) as suggested above. In order to prevent the drill skidding across the surface of the tile before it "bites" place a piece of masking or insulating tape on the tile.
    • Hasbeen
    • By Hasbeen 5th Apr 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 5th Apr 17, 10:04 AM
    You can purchase tile drill bits like below get one that will take the cable diameter.

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-diamond-tile-drill-bit-6-x-67mm/51908?kpid=51908&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%2520Listing%2520Ads-_-Sales%2520Tracking-_-sales%2520tracking%2520url&gclid=CjwKEAjwq5LHBRCN0 YLf9-GyywYSJAAhOw6mvQS-qnPEWlzAnItjhRdkwa64qYSuqBTM63pv15pYEBoCzxHw_wcB&g clsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJCm7Kf5jNMCFXgg0wodL7UM7g

    If its possible drill through tile then wall to other side, push cable through using wall grommet if required and connect to the terminal block then to switch

    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Cable_Accessories_Index/Wall_Protection/index.html
    Last edited by Hasbeen; 05-04-2017 at 10:06 AM.
    • GBA43
    • By GBA43 19th May 17, 8:12 AM
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    Long delay
    Thanks to all for your advice. I have not got the job done yet. Have been waiting for delivery of towel radiator, which was a bit of a fiasco. Wrong one sent, then the next one leaked fluid. Have now got replacement and am going to drill a hole through the tile and put cable through. Had to wait until I got the rad and thermostat to make sure I get the right size drill bit. Thanks again.
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