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Old 02-13-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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How to Remove Tile Covered Cement step


We have a screen room with a funky tile covered floor that has a step about 1/2 foot above the rest of the floor. One tile is broken revealing some 2x4's and poorly-poured concrete. WE WANT THIS OUT and we want to know if it is possible to cover the rest of the floor with some 'equalizer' to lay hard wood floor (once it dries). Is this possible? Can this be done on a low budget?

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Need a lot more info and some pictures.
What's under this floor you want to install hardwood on?
What do you mean by "equalizer".
Wood and concrete do not play well together, need a picture of that step.

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Probably also need a definition of "Low Budget"
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Need a lot more info and some pictures.

Photos are attached. Light is less than ideal, but it should give you an idea. I am assuming the material beneath the rest of the tile matches what we can see from that one corner that is bust revealing the underneath materials.

What's under this floor you want to install hardwood on? What do you mean by "equalizer".

What we would like to do is cover up the tile with an equalizer, meaning something I have heard about that is like a liquid that one can poor over an uneven floor to fill in the low spots to make the floor level. Then, we hope to place 'snap-together' bamboo or the like flooring on top of this floor. Is this possible? Is something easier?


Wood and concrete do not play well together, need a picture of that step.

The step is about 3x6 and about 5 inches tall. The pictures might show how the step comes right out of the main tile floor. Things are quite funky around this old farmstead that it is uncertain what is underneath any of this stuff. It's the kind of place where you take apart something, thinking you have a simple project, and then you have a huge project...


LOW BUDGET: not really defined, but this isn't going to be a life-long residence. With all we want to do (put in windows, cover up the studs in the wall, redo the tin roof, and the floor) maybe $1000 all finished...Second hand--habitat for humanity/Restore materials whenever possible

does this help?

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It sure looks like that landing step is an after thought and can be removed--

It's poorly constructed---which is why the equally poor tile job failed--

Get a hammer and a flat bar-----

what would you like to replace that with?
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We want to take that step out, somehow smooth out the tile of the rest of the floor (as well as the 'newly' exposed floor under the step) and put down a snap-together hardwood floor.
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Easier and cheaper to just remove the old tile.
Rent or buy an impact drill.
http://www.boschtools.com/Products/T...x?pid=11255VSR
Going to need a vapor barrier under the flooring.
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I looked at the tool. Thanks. Is it like a mini-jack hammer?
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That's right, with a wide chisel it goes pretty fast.
I'd also get some 5 gal. buckets, goggles, shop vac, knee pads.
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If this is actually a screened porch conventional snap together "hardwood" isn't going to work because it's not exterior rated. In a screened porch you are going to need to use something is rated for exterior use which can be much more expensive.

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