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Ralph Goetz
Removing slate tile from a basement floor

I have an 80 year old house and the basement floor has slate tile. I need to remove a number of these tiles so a water management project can be completed in the basement. I am attempting to find the best way to remove these tiles with minimal damage so that I can reuse them.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Removing slate tile from a basement floor

Its going to be very slim chance you can re-use any of them.

If you want to try, go at them with a thin trowel and steel hammer as close to perpendicular to the floor as possible.

dj1
Re: Removing slate tile from a basement floor

If there is grout around your slate tiles, try to remove the grout first. Then use a wide chisel, or a putty knife and a hammer to pry under the slate.

I also don't think you can save the tiles that come out. Slate is brittle and the tiles will most likely break.

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