Our entryway and hallways are 12" ceramic tile set in thinset which is
over 1/2" cement board set in thinset and screwed into 3/4' ply
subfloor. We would like to remove the existing tile and replace with
different ceramic tile.
Do I have to remove all the way down to the sub or can I just remove the
tile and thinset under it.
What is the best way to remove the material?
Unfortunately, you probably won't know until you start removing the
existing tile. If you are really lucky, the tile will pop out of the
thinset whole. Then you can remove any loose thinset; chip off any
raised areas, and lay the new tile in new thinset, after applying a
bonding agent. The odds are pretty long on this, however.
More likely, you will end up busting up the existing cement board, and
replacing from there. If you are really unlucky, removing the cement
board will wreck the subfloor and you will have to replace or patch
I don't know of anything that makes this job easy. (aside from hiring
someone :-) )
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