Need some ceramic tile removal advice


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drgrafix

I have to replace a towel rod that was fitted between two ceramic rod
holders. Adjustable ones don't fit and they look like crap anyway. I
wound up buying the exact match rod, and I have to remove one of the
end caps. They kinda'sit a skoosh above the tiles (glossy American
Olean) and I don't want to chip or damage the cap during removal.

I'm thinking of using a flex shaft with some sort of thin wheel to
remove the grout, but maybe that's overkill? Any suggestions on
removal and then cleanup of the paste and replacement?

Thanks... Mike
 
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Speedy Jim

I have to replace a towel rod that was fitted between two ceramic rod
holders. Adjustable ones don't fit and they look like crap anyway. I
wound up buying the exact match rod, and I have to remove one of the
end caps. They kinda'sit a skoosh above the tiles (glossy American
Olean) and I don't want to chip or damage the cap during removal.

I'm thinking of using a flex shaft with some sort of thin wheel to
remove the grout, but maybe that's overkill? Any suggestions on
removal and then cleanup of the paste and replacement?

Thanks... Mike
DISCLAIMER: I'm not the tile expert.

But I think you may be in for more than you bargained.
Those end caps are usually set in plaster of paris and the
joint goes quite deep into the wall. IOW you can't simply
saw the grout away that you can see.

If you must save the end cap, you will probably have to saw
the tile out which surrounds it. <Ugh>

Jim
 
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Chet Hayes

Speedy Jim said:
DISCLAIMER: I'm not the tile expert.

But I think you may be in for more than you bargained.
Those end caps are usually set in plaster of paris and the
joint goes quite deep into the wall. IOW you can't simply
saw the grout away that you can see.

If you must save the end cap, you will probably have to saw
the tile out which surrounds it. <Ugh>

Jim

I haven't done this myself either, but I sure wouldn't attempt it,
unless I absolutely had to. There must be replacement rods that can
be used. I'd look pretty hard for one of those, before I went looking
for real trouble. That ceramic holder is typically held with thin set
to the wall behind it. After cutting the grout, you still have to get
it loose without destroying it, which doesn't seem like an easy thing
to do. If you can find a matching one, then part of the problem is
solved, but it's still a lot of work.
 
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drgrafix

Jim...

Thanks for that tip. I'll take a run down to the tile store to see if
they have comparable pieces do I can see if they are in fact... much
deeped than anticipated.

Could be a real bitch to get out. Maybe I need a rotozip?

Mike
 
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MLD

You're not the first one that was in this situation so as noted, go looking
for a replacement because I don't think that you'll get one of the holders
out without making a major job for yourself--I've seen spring loaded ones
that can be used--ala a toilet paper holder. Another thing to consider if
you get desperate, wood or ceramic--cut the replacement, dowel it using
something like a nail and then cement (epoxy) it together. I broke a soap
dish diagonally in half, cemented the two pieces together (one still on the
wall), reinforced it underneath with a couple of paper clips--about a year
now and it's still holding together . Good luck.
MLD
 

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