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Question DetailsAsked on 4/3/2016

Tile Removal without touching cabinets

We purchased a new home that has kitchen cabinets that sit on legs about 3" behind the cabinet front. They have a toekick in front of the legs. We would like to remove this tile up to the legs so we can install a new tile in the room. We read on Houzz that this is possible to do using a toe kick saw with a tile blade. Is there any local provider who has done this kind of work that anyone would recommend? We do not want to remove the cabinets as they are brand new - but want a different tile without a step up.

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If the tile does not go in under the "legs", they should be able to just mask off the cabinets and chip the tile up to replace it. If the cabinets went in after the tile and sit on it and the joints are not located right to allow removing to the legs only, then yes a toekick saw can do it - though a SLOW job with stone or tile (especially if porcelain) because the saw blade diameter is so small.

As for finding a provider with a toekick saw (though they are only about $150) you would have to get a couple of contractors to bid your job. Angies List cannot help with details of who has particular equipment - but any competent Ceramic TIle contractor should be able to handle this with or without a toekick saw.

If only a 3" deep overhang, and you are still going to have a toekick, one could also just remove the existing one, use a diamond scriber or dremell tool to scribe a cut line and then use a carbide chisel to score and break the tile at the toeline, put in the new tile, then the new toekick (or cove or bullnose tile or whatever you want). Can get within 1/8-1/4" or so of the legs safely that way.

Just be sure to talk to bidders about how they are going to protect the new cabinets, and take a bunch of dated photos right beforehand of the cabinets to be able to document any damage.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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