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Removal of basin siliconed to tiled wall

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by mylesw, 21 Aug 2021.

  1. mylesw

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    Hi guys.

    I’m struggling to remove a pedestal basin from my tiled bathroom wall. I have removed the bolts from the underside but I can only assume it has been lagged with so much silicone when it’s been put in place (by previous owners) that I am struggling to remove it. The last thing I want to do is pull the tiles off the wall.

    I have tried working some wire behind to see if this will cut through the silicone. Also tried a hacksaw blade but that isn’t working very well really.

    My next idea is possibly buying a wire handsaw/cheese wire from ebay or perhaps tying to squirt silicone remover down the crack and seeing if this may loosen things off.

    Just wondering if anyone has any other ideas or dealt with a similar issue.

    thanks
     

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  3. muggles

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    Good quality cheese wire is your only hope really, but it'll be hard work if it works at all. You may well end up losing the tiles
     
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  4. Harry Bloomfield

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    Cheese wire should cut it, just squirt some lubricant on the wire (WD40 works), to stop it sticking. Best refit the bolts loosly, to prevent it suddenly dropping on your toes as you cut it.
     
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  5. Madrab

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    I have a thin bendy carving knife specifically for that reason. You know, the really cheap ones that you can get from the supermarkets.

    Anything thin, bendy and serrated will get through it no bother.
     
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  7. Laurieo

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    Long hand saw would do it .
     
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  8. jeff the gasman

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    I use a razor sharp scraper from wickes.
     
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    I use cheese wire...never failed me yet
     
  10. mattylad

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    OH I can see I'm going to have fun when I come to remove my bathroom sink, it's stuck on with loads of the stuff. :)
     
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