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Floor tiles can crack due to wear and tear, or through damage if a heavy object is dropped on them. Replacing a single tile is more cost-effective than retiling an entire floor. Wear goggles while drilling into the tile, in case any shards fly toward you. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
Remove grout from around the edge of the tile. A grout raker is ideal for this process.
Drill a series of holes into the broken tile (Image 1). This breaks it up, making it easier to remove.
With a heavy hammer and cold chisel, remove the broken tile. It will come away in sections (Image 2).
Scrape any hardened old adhesive off the floor surface revealed by the tile’s removal.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
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