I'm taking up tile and plan on laying down a laminate floor. How
critical is getting up all of the thin-set from the plywood? and if
so, any suggestions? I'm using a sledge hammer to break it up, but
really slow going.
I did the same thing 2 years ago. I got a heavy floor scraper from HD
that helped with the smaller pieces and the thinset. Still had to
break the old tile with a hammer and chisel. It wasn't perfectly
smooth, but the foam underlay smoothed it out.
On Sun, 7 Mar 2010 09:51:11 -0800 (PST), "hr(bob) email@example.com"
For a BIG job, one can rent a long reach pneumatic scraper. Easy on
the knees. HF has one for $129.00, but rental is cheaper I guess.
Worth the rental for a big job.
Think outside the box and consider how much faster it might be to just
put down a new subfloor. Even if it is a DIY project, you don't want
to spend hours and hours to get a half assed result with scrapers or
leveling compounds. If you start at one edge with the first joist, you
could pull up subfloor in sections complete with the tile and heave it
in the roll-off. New plywood will be a joy to work with and your
laminate should have much longer life.
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