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Old 02-13-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Tiling over an existing tile floor


I want to re-tile a bathroom floor. The existing floor tile is 12"x12" ceramic tile, solid surface, been down 6+ years with no cracking.

I really do not want to pull up the old tile.

Under the new tile I want to put a heated wire mat.

So my thinking is to use an appropriate primer on the tile, lay the heated mat, use a self leveling compound and the re-tile.

I'm not worried about the extra height.

So my question is is this feasible - what primer and self leveling compound would be suggested.

Thanks in advance.

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So my question is is this feasible -
Not really!

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I really do not want to pull up the old tile.
Nobody ever does!

I think this hasn't been thought through all that well maybe


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Best way is to remove old tile first.
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Yeah - think I knew answer from the start. I guess I'm going to see how good a job I did with the original tiles. Hope I can get a reasonable surface to work with.

Can anyone recommend a good self leveling compond that will work well over a heated floor mat (likely SunTouch). Be good if was carried by Home Depot or Lowes but I do have some good builders merchants in area.

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Home Depot......http://www.custombuildingproducts.co...er=diy&lang=en
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Thanks R&D

On reading it indicates a substrate can be existing ceramic tile...... so what are good reasons for not pulling up old tile?
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what are good reasons for not pulling up old tile?
Laziness.
The only defense for going over old tile is to build up height to match an abutting finish floor height.
But even then it's cheating, as the tile should be pulled and replaced with backer board.
Stop your whining, rent an electric demolition hammer, and do it right.
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Laziness.
The only defense for going over old tile is to build up height to match an abutting finish floor height.
But even then it's cheating, as the tile should be pulled and replaced with backer board.
Stop your whining, rent an electric demolition hammer, and do it right.
Hey after shovelling 60+ inches of snow this winter a fellows got a right tobe lazy now and again
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Hah! No pity here! We had over 100 inches last year.
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If the original tile isn't removed the new tile could end up like the snow. "Shovelled"!

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