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    Default Wanting a fast reno! removing hob only and keeping floor tiles- wise or dumb?

    I'm hoping to get some advice here - I'm handy but have never done a renovation before, or major works.

    I bought a frameless shower to replace the existing shower that sits on a hob. It looks like the hob just sits on top of the existing tiles, so I just wanted to flatten and remove it all, hopefully without smashing any of the floor tiles as I want to keep them.

    I had a bit of a go at the hob but it is hard to move, it's made of some kind of poured cement. I want to just remove the hob and keep the tiles - is this actually possible? I don't want a major reno and have to take up the floor tiles and re-waterproof. Can this be done or by removing the hob am I stuffing around with the waterproofing underneath?

    I don't want to smash it too much now, just in case it isn't just sitting on top of the tiles as I'd assumed. Any advice? Please help!!!

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    I would check what fall you have inside the shower before you do too much more, Hobs are placed to get enough fall, removing it may cause more problems and result in a complete rebuild.

    Most shower hobs are made of Hebel stone, an aerated cement, not too hard to chip out or get tile off.

    However, if you remove the hob you will have to replace with a water-stop angle to prevent water running under the existing tiles and into your floor area.

    Removing the hob will also damage the waterproofing and it will have to be repaired as well or you will have a leaking shower. This be possible by just removing the first row of tiles behind the hob.

    By the ay, hobs are normally placed (or cast) on the floor, not on the tiles.

    Good luck.
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    Going frameless means the whole room needs to be waterproofed, rather than just the shower enclosure, I think you may not get away with just removing the hob

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    Just as an update I've taken your advice, and have hired a tiler to pull up the hob and tiles. I'm spending more money and time than I wanted but the waterproofing will be done right. Thanks for saving me from a dumb move and making a real mess of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alld01 View Post
    Just as an update I've taken your advice, and have hired a tiler to pull up the hob and tiles. I'm spending more money and time than I wanted but the waterproofing will be done right. Thanks for saving me from a dumb move and making a real mess of things.
    Good move.

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