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Old 07-27-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Removing Thinset From Hardwood


I just tore up some old tile from my foyer. The tile flooring was installed in the foyer and butts up against the living room hardwood. A long, really awkward transition was put down to separate the 2 areas. The tile was put down on top of thinset and metal lath base. It was a lot of fun to pull up.

The floor under the tile is 100+ yrs old. It's tongue and groove white oak plank flooring. There is no sub-floor.

The hardwood looks like it's OK structurally. However, it's covered in a layer of thinset and has about a million nail holes in it.

I have no idea how to proceed here. Anyone run into this before?

My issues are:
  • How do I remove the thinset? Sanding, washing, both?
  • How do I refinish the floor without creating an obvious delineation between the foyer and the living room?
  • Will the floor survive this process unharmed?
  • Can I expect any damage from the thinset?
Honestly, the thinset covered hardwood still looks better than the ultra-slippery, fake Italian marble-looking tile that was there. Who puts that in a 120 year old farmhouse?

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Old 07-28-2015, 07:39 AM   #2
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Hmm...I guess no one has run into this.

I have a guy coming in tomorrow to refinish my upstairs flooring. He's going to take a look at this while he's there. I'll post his comments once I get them.

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Hardwood guy canceled because of heat and high humidity. Looks like I won't get an answer on my thinset problem.
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