Ceramic Floor Tile Removal

Harbor Freight 10 Amp Demolition Hammer vs. Ceramic Floor Tile
I need to remove about 130 square ft of ceramic floor tile, and thought that it would take a lot of work using a 5 lb sledge hammer and cold chisel, and I wasn’t sure that a Kolbalt brand flooring (remover) scraper would work, so after reading all of the reviews about the Harbor Freight 10 Amp demolition hammer, I figured 160 bucks was a good investment – especially since being a home owner, there will be other opportunities for using this tool later on.

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  1. I just removed the drywall of the bathtub surround and was contemplating on how to remove the tiles on the floor.  I like the tool you are using but I think I will get a Rotary Hammer and use it for somehting else later.  Besides I will not be restricted to using chisels and bits just from that manufacturer.

  2. Is this safe to use on tile that's set on plywood on top of the subfloor?

  3. Wow He spent $200 in tools not to mention the time shopping for the roto hammer from Harbor freight. The sledge is really not that much more work, I mean he is only doing 140 square feet,,,,4' by 10' or 40 tiles. It took him less than a minute on one tile!!!! come on dude the sledge hammer would have taken you less than an hour for the whole job……….like you say, you like your power tools……pay attention ladies…..he wants to spend less time with you and more time feeling macho…….. by the time he was done he spent more than having a professional do it…Oh but then he wouldn't have the tool to put in his garage and use maybe once more in his lifetime……….guys like this need to stay behind the desk where they can complicate complicate complicate or find more ways to fart around…..lol..

  4. I didn't see any thinset and the tiles came up way too easy. Maybe the installer used Elmer's Glue.

  5. Diesel Ramcharger I'm with you but you didn't have to mention no race because I hire people for this type of job and not even spanish and I ended up doing it my self and it came out great and most of my tools are from harbor freight,most of companies out there just for the money and not customer satisfaction 

  6. Custom make a 6" wide chisel on one of the chisel's you won't be using.
    Weld the wider chisel on it and instead of a 1" to 1 1/2" chisel you'll gain a wider chisel.
    Fuck hiring an illegal, send them cockroaches back to where they came from!

  7. Thanks for making this video! I'm tearing up some ceramic tile and I think I'll use a demo hammer. Power tools rock!

  8. He should have used an angled chisel bit. Get it under the tile and push down a bit. He made so much mess and looks like it would take much longer. Even using a hammer and pry bar would work better and be faster then just turning every tile to dust.

  9. I mean unless you do this on a regular basis like for a business I'm not sure $160 is worth it. If it's a one time job I'd gladly take longer with a sledge and save some money. Besides you can take a wide scraper that's about the width of a single tile and use a sledge to get up under there real good.

  10. Yeah, found out last week tool rental is a joke now. Retailers used to loan you a tool if you bought their material (like a wood floor nailer)–saying–Bring it back when done–not anymore. I bought one instead–you can always resell it on the internet, keep original box. You sound like I feel on diy job–after 4 hours–Is it "Happy Hour" yet? I face removing tile in entry hall–3X22. HF is great. Their floor nailer $99 vs $35 a day to rent one elsewhere. Thanks for the demo (Demonstration on tools). My wrist took a beating this past month and objected by swelling–it took 3 days heal. Jamming scrapers or demo bars under material by hand does a number on your wrist (If you are over 60). Nailing nails at 45 degrees in tight places twists your wrist.

  11. If you don't have a decent air compressor then a rotary hammer works fine, otherwise I would have recommended the Harbor Freight Air Scraper, works faster and you can do it standing up. After that you need a rotary grinder with diamond bit to get all the thinset / vinyl glue up off the floor, preferably one designed for use with shop vacs so you don't have a thick layer of dust coating everything in the house when you're done (no I'm not kidding).

    These days (Jan 2016) you can also find electric Chinese 1500W-2800W demolition jack hammers on Amazon, Ebay and other places for $100-$200 depending on accessories, while that would have been overkill here it still would have worked, and if you work outside the spade shovel bit is great for digging holes in rocky/clay soils, chisel and point bits are great for breaking up concrete if, say, you're replacing old fence posts.

  12. that scraper will work i use em at work and i have to put all 120lbs of my body weight into it also everytime u wack it it is prying it from the thinset or thinset from concrete so whole tile is more liable to come up it just takes a few wacks and then the whole piece will come up at once. i found its better to score the mortar joints and pry up the tiles so its an easier clean up. also i have an sds bit specifically made for this job that is offset so it has a slight prying function but mostly remains flat to the floor and it does wonders.

  13. I have wood floor underneath the plywood. The floor tiles were cemented to the plywood. How do I pick up the plywood with tiles on top of it that attached to the wood floor?

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