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Old 04-07-2008, 09:16 AM   #1
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We are doing some remodeling. Have removed 1/4 underlayment and cushion flooring. Plan is to put down 5/8 exterior ply underlayment over existing 5/8 OSB Subfloor, then place 13"x13" tile in laundry and kitchen (and entrance).
At my front entrance and half bath I have older 8"x8" ceramic which will not go with the 13" tile.
How to remove the 8 x8 ceramic and keep the plywood underlay for reuse?
Plan is to replace the 8x8 with the 13x13, also.
I can't go on top of the 8x8 because of height.

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Old 04-07-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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All you can do is go after it and see what you are up against. No one here has any idea how your tile floor is assembled.

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All you can do is go after it and see what you are up against. No one here has any idea how your tile floor is assembled.
Thanks for the reply, Bud.
We are new to tiling, but have done some DIY projects.
Today we did get our 5/8" exterior ply for the underlayment-
And chose some 13x13 porcelain tile which we will pick up later this week.
I'm sure we'll have a lot of questions, but we are reading this forum, searching for tiling tips etc. and eager to learn.
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Thanks for the reply, Bud.
We are new to tiling, but have done some DIY projects.
Today we did get our 5/8" exterior ply for the underlayment-
And chose some 13x13 porcelain tile which we will pick up later this week.
I'm sure we'll have a lot of questions, but we are reading this forum, searching for tiling tips etc. and eager to learn.
An update that may be of use to anyone following this thread, or stumbling on it accidentally -

I tried removing some of the tile with a 2lb hammer and a chisel. Hardly worth the effort. Then went to HD and rented a Bosch tool for removing tile. It did the job very well. But it was a good 3 hour work out for sure. Then had to rip up all the underlayment.

We have laid new 5/8 exterior plywood as underlayment. Have laid all field tiles using Flexbond fortified thinset.

Note: The tile fractures and splits into many jagged pieces. It never popped off as some had suggested. In my opinion, based on this experience, the underlayment could never be reused. It's the most labor intensive part of tile floor for DIY.
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Note: The tile fractures and splits into many jagged pieces. It never popped off as some had suggested.
That's a sign of a good previous installation.

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In my opinion, based on this experience, the underlayment could never be reused.
You are now qualified to make that appraisal. Typically, that's what happens, the substrate gets destroyed in the process of removing the old tiles.

One should be prepared to use a full array of safety equipment when removing old tile. Gloves, eye protection, face mask, long sleeves, hats, shovels are all strongly recommended. Most glazed tile surfaces sliver and splinter into treacherous glass-sharp edges and shards, and the environment becomes hostile very quickly.
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