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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2019
     
    From time-to-time there are discussions about the best substrate for wall tiling on stud walls, in terms of ensuring the tiles stay in place and watertight / water resistant.

    Having just stripped some wall tiles from a kitchen and unavoidably destroyed the plasterboard in the process, I'm wondering if anyone has found a substrate that provides good adhesion and water resistance, but which also allows the tiles to be removed within minimal damage later. I've not yet stripped tiles from backer-boards, but suspect that most wouldn't cope well - but maybe you know differently?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2019
     
    Double layer of plasterboard 🙂
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2019
     
    Hardibacker board. The 12mm thick version.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2019
     
    If it's plasterboard, just take it all off and put new instead, preferably use a tile backer board instead.

    Otherwise use a scraper or steamer to separate the tiles and substrate, depending on what adhesive it is and your skill.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2019
     
    Yes, half the plasterboard came off with the tiles - the adhesive was certainly very effective - so the rest has already come down. Except for one wall where I'll tile over the top of the existing, as the extra thickness won't show.

    I've used 12mm HardieBacker on floors before, and it's compatible with the plasterboard thickness, so it's a candidate. Just don't know of anyone who has successfully (or unsuccessfully) stripped tiles from it.

    Almost tempted to go back to exterior ply, like the 'old days'.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2019
     
    It's too late in your case but you can tile over existing tiles if they are sound, instead of removing them. It's not always possible of course, for other reasons.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2019
     
    Posted By: Mike1Almost tempted to go back to exterior ply, like the 'old days'.

    Well, that can rot, so I wouldn't put it anywhere near moisture if I had an alternative. If stripping tiles off is important next time then I suspect that choosing an appropriate adhesive is the most important factor. I know nothing about it, but I'd suspect that a flexible adhesive bond can be cut with a scraper. But a tile shop should know for sure.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2019
     
    As far as I know there is no end of life design in the tiling industry as yet and very little in the building industry in general.
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