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Old 07-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #1
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I was breaking up my kitchen floor and noticed that the previous owners layed ceramic tile directly over the original linloeum.

Is this a money saving technique? Is it safe when there are spills?

I tore it all down and placed hardiback before I layed new tiles. I'm just wondering if this way is safe to a degree, if I want to save money on buying/installing Hardiback boards before laying tiles in the future. Thanks!

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it's a bad idea. plain and simple.
Cheap way to do a job, and not very bright.

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I'm no expert but I doubt the tile cement will adhere properly to it. Best to rip it out. Buy lot of pizza, beer, pepsi or w/e, its longer and more tedious then you'd think but it's the right way to go.
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Thinsets have been formulated that will easily adhere to vinyl sheet flooring - HELL, it says so right on some of the bags and none of those manufacturers would ever lie about such a thing.

That isn't the issue(s)!
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yea, just cause thinset will stick to it doesn't mean it can be used effectively.
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Do it the right way the 1st time and you won't have surprises later. They were just being cheap, lazy and trying to cut corners.

I was always told: do something the right way or don't do it at all!
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i agree not a good idea. usually vinyl flooring is layed over a 1/4" cheep ply and once you get under it you can take it up pretty easy.

or screw hardibacker 3/8 or 1/2 over top then do the tile.
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or screw hardibacker 3/8 or 1/2 over top then do the tile.

Uhm-m-m-m-m-m-h! Are you sure that's OK?
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I would think Wonderboard or whatever is fine screwed down over existing Vinyl.
as long as the substrate is plywood.
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Uhm-m-m-m-m-m-h! Are you sure that's OK?
if you have the extra thickness room available... dishwasher etc. otherwise 1/4 " would do however, the thicker will make the floor stiffer... but also check joist span for extra weight. should be okay

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