My son is replacing the ceramic tile in his shower. He has removed
and is replacing the wall tiles now, but problems with the floor of
the shower, they are original to the house about 20 years old and on a
Should he try to remove the grout and try to chip each one out?, start
from an edge? cover the old tiles and tile over raising the drain
cover? OR WHAT?????
on 9/7/2007 8:57 AM WalkingMan said the following:
If installed right, there should be a thin underlayment between the tile
and sub-floor to which the tile is cemented. The underlayment is nailed
to the sub-floor. If you can't see the underlayment when you remove the
door sill, you may have to break a few tiles off near the doorway. Once
you can get a pry car under the underlayment, you can pry it up in
larger pieces or if lucky, the whole underlayment (don't count on it!).
If, however, the tile is cemented to the sub-floor, then a lot of
scraping will be required. Be sure to use an underlayment with the new
OK, I missed the part about the concrete floor. Maybe some of what I
said about an underlayment still applies. My 1/2 bathroom, laundry room,
and family room are on a concrete slab and has an underlayment for the
vinyl tile in the laundry and 1/2 bathroom, but the family room has a
floating floor directly on the concrete slab.
Been there, done that and got the T-shirt. it was amazingly easy. I used a 2
lb hammer and some cold chisels. If it all comes off clean, no sweat. If you
find you ave dammaged some areas of the cement just fill in and do a skim
coat of thinset then the next day tile as you would normally tile.
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