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Re: Removing Ceramic Tile

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12-10-2012 16:56:53

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Use a 2" wide wood chisel to remove the tile. Don't pound on the tile. Drive the chisel under the tile. When it's set on plywood usually pops right off. Plywood is generally a bad underlayment for ceramic.
If you need to remove the plywood it won't be too hard. It may pull a little veneer off the sheathing. No big deal. If it pulls a lot of it off just patch it with something like Durham's Rock Hard water putty (paint dept. at Lowes).

Use 1/4 or 1/2 cement board underlayment. It's sold under names like Hardi-Backer.
The instructions actually say to set the underlayment in thinset. Who follows the directions? I use construction adhesive and screws. You want to eliminate as much movement as possible. With 1/2" underlayment I'll put screws every 4" around the perimeter of each sheet, and 8" both directions in the field. 1/4" will get 2 1/2" around the perimeter and 6" in the field. (UD, I know you think that's overkill but I know guys that do 4" in the field).
My concern is not for the guy that tears out my work. My concern is that what my customer pays me to do lasts a very long time.
UD, getting a little OT here.....what gets me riled is when I tear out a floor that has vinyl on 1/4" lauan over vinyl on lauan, over vinyl on lauan. Each layer with staples or nails every 4".

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12-10-2012 17:32:53

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 Re: Removing Ceramic Tile in reply to Pops1532, 12-10-2012 16:56:53  
This post was edited by Ultradog MN at 02:30:57 12/11/12 2 times.

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Kirk Grau

12-10-2012 18:58:35

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 Re: Removing Ceramic Tile in reply to Ultradog MN, 12-10-2012 17:32:53  
I actually agree with your premise, but manufacturer recommends the thinset to meet applicable standards. I have thinset under the 3 floors I have done. I can only hope my wife"s tastes don"t change before we leave the place for some reason.

In the future, I may just use your theory and only use the screws.


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Bob UT

12-10-2012 18:36:02

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 Re: Removing Ceramic Tile in reply to Ultradog MN, 12-10-2012 17:32:53  
Ultradog.....Are you a LICENSED CONTRACTOR? My guess is NO. On the other hand, I am. I do not know of any tile underlayment manufacturer that states in their installation instructions to NOT use thinset under their product. Just the opposite. It is the approved method in the TCNA handbook. Just irks me when someone blatantly gives the wrong advice...AND multiple times in the same post.

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12-10-2012 18:43:17

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 Re: Removing Ceramic Tile in reply to Bob UT, 12-10-2012 18:36:02  
This post was edited by Ultradog MN at 02:32:55 12/11/12.

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