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Removing tiles is a job you can do by yourself once you know a few basic steps. We show you how to use a hammer and bolster to take tiles off a wall. Plus, you will see how to get the room ready before you start the job
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to lay wall tiles

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare to remove the tiles
2 Removing the tiles
  • Step 1. Prepare to remove the tiles

    Start by turning off the water and the electricity. You can do this yourself at the mains or get qualified tradies in to cap the pipes and disconnect the electricity. Once the room is isolated, remove everything attached to the walls including the tap ware and light switches.
  • Step 2. Removing the tiles

    Use a brick bolster and a mash hammer to remove the tiles. Start in the top corner of a row and work your way down and across. Use your wrecking bar if you need a bit of leverage. You want sure footing while you are working. So keep clearing the broken tiles away as you go. In some older houses, tiled walls are backed with asbestos. If you come across any, stop work immediately and contact your local council for advice.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Brick bolster
  • Ear muffs
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Mash hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Wrecking bar
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