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Pineapple 10-13-2008 09:23 AM

Old Tiles Removed - Now What?!?!
So I may have gotten in over my head. I've taken on remodelling our entire bathroom. I've removed all of the old tiles, only to find the floor is now an uneven mess of old glue and mesh material. The tiles had been laid directly down on plywood and some of the tiles actually ripped off portions of the plywood during removal :( I'm just not sure where to go from here.

My knowledge of flooring is very little! Is there something I'm supposed to lay down between the new tiles and the plywood? Will this take care of most of the unevenness caused by the old glue? Or should I sand the floor first? I tried sanding a small portion with a palm sander.... the glue just heated up into a mess!

Attached are two photos of my situation. You can see where the vanity used to sit, as there were no tiles there, the floor is perfectly smooth! Thanks for all your help.

Marvin Gardens 10-13-2008 12:48 PM

This is a tough one.

I have no idea how deep the holes are in the plywood.

Minor ones could be covered when you put on the mortar. Deep and wide ones could be filled with leveling material that you get at your local flooring store.

To get plywood level I have used a vibrating floor sander with mild grit.

Pineapple 10-13-2008 12:52 PM

The holes aren't too deep. Maybe halfway through at most. There is another layer of plywood underneath, so I'm not too worried about the structure, just the uneven surface.

Marvin Gardens 10-13-2008 01:00 PM

I wouldn't panic. This is not unusual.

Bud Cline 10-13-2008 01:52 PM

Jheeeeezh! Can you get those pictures any bigger? I thought I was at an IMAX!

What you have there isn't typical but it also isn't unusual. If it were me I would cover that mess with some Self Levelling Compound and be done with it. Don't forget to use primer if you do that. Home Depot sells Level Quick for just that purpose.:)

SM1 10-14-2008 12:02 AM

thinset and screw hardi backer to the subfloor then thinset tiles to that.:whistling2:

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