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Old 05-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hey guys, been browsing here but this is my first post. My "lovely" wife and I just purchased a beautiful home, complete with the Florida standard of ceramic tile throughout the living spaces (built and tiled in 2006). My wife, however, wants wood floors, and absolutely hates the white-ish tile. So, my question is pretty broad, but what is the best way to remove the 12x12 ceramic tile from the concrete subfloor, in order for me to glue down solid strand bamboo hardwood? I was thinking of renting one of the heavy self-propelled floor strippers, but the Depot and a local rental spot said they don't work well on ceramic. Thoughts? Experiences to share? Thanks everyone!

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One of these with a wide tile chisle (it has a raised area in the middle of it to lift and split the tiles, ear protection lots of 5 gal. buckets, flat shovel, floor scrapper, wide broom , shop vacuum, knee pads.

Concider using engineered wood flooring instead, It can be installed as a floating floor, looks like real wood because it is.
And may be able to go over the tile you have now.

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You said "one of these" but didn't indicate or show what you meant by it... I considered engineered floors over tile, but i don't want to have to raise everything. The engineered floors were not as durable as the strand woven in my tests, either. I have honestly never heard any real negatives about the strand woven bamboo, other than it just isn't the look some people prefer. So, would you not recommend trying to rent the floor stripper?
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Opps http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-11255VSR.../dp/B000BB79Q6

I personaly never seen a floor scrapper that could remove tile.

You could still get the same material, same look in engineered flooring.
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A light weight jack hammer with a 3" bolster chisel does well.
Sometimes you won't know until you start to do it as to how hard it will be to remove. A rule of thumb in Florida is $1 a sq ft by the pro's to remove.
You can get bamboo 2mm veneer engineered flooring with a high Janka hardness rating.....real good value also
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I agree with the tile chisel. Another option might be to float an engineered wood floor over the tile. This would save a whole lot of work removing these tiles. Tile will also generally make for a nice solid subfloor for this.
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I considered engineered floors over tile, but i don't want to have to raise everything.
It is a lot easier than you think if you plan the job out well,I don't think you realize what a royal PIA this job you're planning on is going to be,not counting the what if's you will find along the way.

They make chipping hammers (small jack hammer) in PINK ! (hint)
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This is the easiest way I know to remove ceramic from concrete. Go to one of the big box stores and purchase a portable compressor with atleast 5CFM @ 90 PSI. (Dewalt makes one $349) The compressor will run constantly so, make sure and let the compressor catch up. clean up the tile you have chiseled up. As mentioned before us alot of 5 gal. buckets. Anthing bigger will be to heavy. Also, in tool department is an air chisel set. ($15 - $30) Get an air hose and a good metal file. Start by taking a hammer and break up one tile. This will give you a place to start. Use the one inch wide chisel from the set and put it next to the next tile and pull the trigger. The tile will pop up in peices (sometimes whole) so, wear googles and ear protection. I take tile up this way all the time. For the most part it comes up good. It will even take up the mortar. Make sure and use the file often on the chisel and keep oil in the air gun.
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this does seem like a monumental job that would be easier to do if you laid the floor on top of the tile. There are strand woven that can be floated

http://www.bamboorevolution.com/SW-FF.pdf

http://www.builddirect.com/Bamboo-Fl..._10071122.aspx

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i would use this, with a 2 inch blade instead of the 24 or whatever is picture.

but then again i know someone that owns one of these and would let me borrow it

you can look into it for rental though, as it's going to be much much much less work than chipping hammers.
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Regardless of how you remove the tile,then comes the real fun,grinding the thinset that is left behind,grinding it not fun and very dusty.

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