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Retiling/re-grouting bathroom walls - advice sought

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by chipsugar, 27 Oct 2013.

  1. chipsugar


    27 Oct 2013
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    United Kingdom
    I'm new to DIY. Me and the Missus have recently bought our first home together and due to the shower water leaking through the grout and giving the neighbours damp problems I'm doing some DIY and would like some advice.

    This is an interior bathroom with no interior walls. I'm not sure what kind of drywall is underneath. Once I started removing the grout around the tiles where the shower water was spraying the tiles started popping off the wall. It seems that the grout was the only thing holding some of them on.

    Now a lot of tiles have come off this way (see the pictures below) and I think even more will. All tiles so far are in one piece and I'd like to reuse them so I have a few questions.

    1 Will I have to remove the dry cement on the back of the tiles and on the wall. If so what's the best way of doing it quickly?

    2 Will I have to remove a whole row of tiles where just one or two have fallen out for it to look good?

    3 Some of the tiles near the ceiling are close to popping off but the grout around them seems uncracked. Should I remove them and re-tile them anyway?

    4 For the grout to look good and not crack should I remove the whole row along the wall or just remove up to where good uncracked grout is?

    5 Are re-cementing and re-grouting the only steps needed?

    Also if you look at the pictures and can give any other advice please do. As I say I'm completely new to DIY but I want the end result to look ok.

    Thank you.
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  3. AdamCH


    30 Sep 2007
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    West Midlands
    United Kingdom
    I think this is going to turn into a bigger job than you want it to.

    If the neighbours are getting a damp wall then your drywall isn't dry any more and is going to be shot. Looks like un-tanked ply anyway which isn't a good surface to tile to.

    I think before your finished you will have stripped that entre wall and replaced the dry wall.

    If you replace use a waterproof drywall like Marmox.

    It will be a biggish job so you might want to get someone in if you're not up for it.
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