It started with a rocking toilet.
Turns out the plywood subfloor has some rot, so we needed to replace
it. This would mean taking out ceramic tile, and since the bathtub is
close to needing replacement, as well, we decided to go ahead and redo
the bathroom. The house was built in the late 1950s, with the bathroom
an accumulation of repairs and patches.
We have now found the most intractable problem: We have layers of
stuff on the bathroom floor. Ceramic tiles are on top, bonded to a
mudbed with metal mesh. Under the mudbed is linoleum, and we're not
sure what's under the linoleum yet.
We don't know what to do now. We can't leave the floor as it is
because of the rotted subfloor.
Do we just need to resign ourselves to taking everything out down to
the subfloor? Is there an easier way to do this than sledgehammers?
Thanks for your help.