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Old 07-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Smoothing out old surface for new tile

Just removed old tile. How do I smooth out old bumpy surface for new tile? What methods do I use?


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Old 07-03-2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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A few more details please---

The 'bumpy surface'---are you talking about a concrete floor, drywall, plywood or something else??

Sometimes you will grind the surface--other times ,removing the bumpy surface and replacing with fresh drywall or subfloor is best--

other times burying the old surface under self leveling compound is called for.


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Old 07-03-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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If it's just the old thinset, use a floor scraper or hammer and chisel to knock out all of the loose material, then vaccuum it all up, then you should be all set to tile over it.
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