With the tub finally out of the bathroom, it was time for me to FINALLY finish ripping up the tile (a project that was started back in November).
I got out my old friend the roto hammer...
...and got to work
Bit by bit I broke the tile up
And then came the time for ripping up the chicken wire at the bottom of all of the tile. They basically laid the tile like you do stucco: a layer of chicken wire, a layer of (in this case) mud (but it was basically like stucco - the material was really thick and very coarse), and then the tile on top of that
And little by little I started clearing more and more tile out of the room
And soon, I'd gotten it all out
With the bare subfloor exposed, we discovered a bit more dry rot, but nothing worse than we'd already discovered
Normally you don't want a hole in your floor with the ability to see down into your crawl space.