We are in the process of changing part of our basement over from carpet
to tiles. We are going to do our own demo of the carpeted area. Pulling
up the carpet has left the tack strips. When I get them out of the way,
the often come apart and leave the nails. How do I get rid of the
residual nails. Or even do I need to>
If you're on a slab , just whack them with a hammer . That will usually
spall the concrete around the nail and release it . If on wood (not likely
in a basement) pull or drive them the rest of the way in . The nails do need
to go away .
On Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:43:04 AM UTC-5, Kurt V. Ullman wrote:
does the OPs basement have ANY moisture issues at all?
i installed a tile floor and within 6 months the tile started failing, coming up in random plaves.
it was a complete waste of money.
later i had a interior french drain installed, replaced the tile floor. no new problems
Yes, you need to. How would you lay tile with nails sticking up?
As others said, a sideways hammer whack will get them out' probably leaving
a divot in the concrete. No, you don't need to specifically fill the
divots, just pass the flat edge of your trowl over them when you are
spreading the thinset for the tile.
Moisture test, tape clear poly, observe. I'm doing, 1/2 inch foam, measures
5/8, with 5/8 plywood on top screwed to slab. Lowes 1/2 inch marine foam
board. Can use rug or tile. Could still use Ditra on top plywood. I learned
from tv show. Holmes used 1 inch foam, 3/4 plywood in Canada.
Interesting. Wouldn't work, here (not IN a basement) due to the resulting
"lift" it would give to the floor. But, for a basement that you walk DOWN
into, should be excellent! I will keep it in mind if we decide to tile
the front/back porches...
Out of curiosity, have you tried to use the markings on the tile to
assist in laying them (in a particular pattern)? Or, are your
tile all "identical"?
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