Need to remove layer of natural stone tile

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  1. Feb 23, 2014 #1

    python01

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    I have installed tiles on the wall, they are not even natural stone tiles. I have made openings for electrical switches and outlets but now I need to make the area around these even so the cover plates fit flush to the tiles.
    So far I have tried using oscillating multi-tool with carbide grout removal tool to cut around and carbide rasp to remove the stone but the progress is so slow it would take forever. I am thinking of getting some type of diamond rasp but not sure if it would be any better?
    Also if someone can suggest another method or tool to do this job?
    I am attaching couple of pictures, first shows the tile and varying thickness and the second shows what I have done with the carbide rasp but I would have to remove much more to make it work.
    Any ideas?

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    Might want to use a combination of tools. Careful use of a 4" diamond blade on an angle grinder can do the bulk of the work. Your multi-tool can do the corners. Get a friend to hold a shop vac hose to catch the dust as it comes off the angle grinder ... This will allow you to see your progress and minimize the cloud in the room.

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    I agree with CMV, plus an angle grinder is a handy tool to have around if you don't already have one.
     
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    Thank you guys, I will give it a shot. I have couple of angle grinders, was just hoping for something less messy:)
     
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