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Old 03-08-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
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Okay, we are putting down tile over concrete, and we have all the linoleum up. We have started scraping up the paper backing, and glue that it left behind. So my question is. Do you need to get EVERYTHING up? If my floor is level, even over the paper and glue, do I still need to get it all up? Will it cause a problem in the future if I don't.

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Your going to need to lay an anti fracture membrane down first.
Check the membranes instructions for floor prep.

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Can't I lay the tile to the concrete. My house is about 10 yrs old.
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You certainly can install tile direct on concrete, but by the sound of it you are not down to concrete yet. You need for the tiles to bond, don't you think?

As far as direct to concrete goes, we recommend placing a membrane on concrete to help any possible future cracks from ruining the floor. If you have cracks now, it is highly advisable. otherwise buy lots of spares for repairs.

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Well, we have most of the paper backing up, it's just in some small spots, and glue. So with that on there, the tile won't bond?
I'm not sure all the glue will come up. If so, then I will look in to the membrane. Thanks for your info.
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Sounds like your still planning on installing direct to concrete.

good luck to you.
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We had planned, and budgeted, for tiling to the concrete. But if I'm going to have problems in the future then I won't. I'm trying to get all my options first. Is it the actual glue that prevents the thin set from bonding to the concrete? I also have paint over spray. If it is smooth will my tile still crack? I have also heard of thin set with flex, will that help any? Any other suggestions? Is there a chemical that will help take the glue off? Or should I say screw it, and lay down the membrane. Sorry to be a pain, and thanks for you help.
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I had some linoleum I had to take up off some hard wood floors the genius PO installed. I used adhesive remover/stripper and it worked great every little bit of the paper and glue just came up with no effort. You may need to let it set for a little longer then the directions say so it can soak through the paper.
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Thanks for that advise. I actually just tried that and yes, after letting it sit and a little bit of effort it came up. But by the time I do the whole area, I'll probably spend half the amount I would on the membrane. Plus double the time. I also have 3 young kids, and with the fumes, I don't think is the best idea. So I'm going to do the anti fracture membrane. Any suggestions on what kind, or name brand. Is there any good ones at a Home Depot, or Lowes.
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I believe the previous poster was talking about an isolation membrane for cracks in your concrete floor...I didn't see that you had any cracks. If you have a good floor you should be able to tile over it without any problem. If you have some cracks there are plenty of products out there...you should go to a flooring store and they will be able to help.
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If you have a good floor you should be able to tile over it without any problem.
Getting an isolation membrane is just cheap insurance.
What if something happens in the future, your tile will be affected.

Ditra is the most recommended.
Red Guard is also another option.

Check their instructions for your answer to floor prep.

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