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Old 06-30-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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My mother has two choices before her. To keep the boarder of her old ceramic floor and just replace the center tiles. This will mean the fridge and the store don't have to be moved and a cheaper price. The old floor is done on wonder board. The other option is to get the entire floor redone and pay more but she doesn't get to keep the red boarder she loves.

My concern is that the floor stays level and lasts. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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Yes...take it all out because you don't know what damage will occur trying to remove only a portion of the old floor. Then, when you put it all back you can replicate the "red border she loves".

This will insure everything will be hunky-dory and at the same elevation.

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That sounds like good advice. I will pass it on.
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Absolutely what Buds said.

Removing parts of a floor, especially one set over backer board, is not easy and the other tiles and the backer can be damaged.

She should pay more and have the entire floor replaced. Then pay more again for the border.

What happened anyway?

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Thanks for your opinion. We decided to do an all over thing. The old floor was dine on wonder board and the tiles crack too easily. We want something strong and to last. Now to go tackle the house sparrow problem.
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The old floor was dine on wonder board and the tiles crack too easily.
Just so you know...the Wonderboard is not why the tiles are cracking if they are. You have another problem that should be figured out before you spend any more money on new tile. It can be corrected but taking out one installation and installing another isn't going to be the answer to the problem.
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The guy we are going with said he'd check the plywood floor before he does the mud job. He also said the cracks were because we drupes things and because the other installed didn't screw down the wonderboard properly. He was the only one to even talk about the subfloor.
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Meant to write dropped not drupes things.
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When you get a little closer, but before anything happens, why don't you come back here and discuss this project a little further? We would be happy to make some suggestions and paruse the plans.

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