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Old 11-23-2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Old toilet leaks have rotted flooring around toilet. I have inspected from crawl space and damage does not appear to migrate under the tub. I plan to remove a small vanity w/ sink and the toilet to make the flooring repair. I want to leave the tub/shower where they are and work only on the exposed flooring. I also wish to replace the linoleum w/ tiles. I'm sure there have been posts on these subjects in the past and I would appreciate any words of wisdom that I could get before starting this project. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.

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Aside form your tub, I would replace the entire sub-floor for you tiles, not just the rotted parts. Give you new tile floor a strong flat surface. It might be possible to cover the old subfloor with your new one. As long as adding the height won't effect anything major.

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Thanks, monkeywrench! I plan to do just that! I'm going to remove everything but the tub and replace the whole subfloor that is exposed. I will also be working to get the subfloor to a height that will allow me to put down the new tile and keep the same finished height as the present floor.
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Mike,
It isn't discussed, but I assume that you know to put the tiles on cement backerboard and not directly onto wood, such as plywood, or the grout and tiles can crack.
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Thanks, Mike. I was not aware of that. Does the backerboard come in the same thickness as subfloor plywood?
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Backerboard comes in 1/4" and 1/2". Generally 1/4" is used on floors and 1/2" is used on walls. Check the mfgr's. specs for the tile you are going to use. They are usually pretty specific as to the the types of subfloor, underlayment, types of thinset, etc. for their product. Failure to follow their guidelines will void your warranty. You may want to post on the flooring forum for more help....

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