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Old 02-01-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hi,

We are looking to update a 40 year old bathroom. All things considered with late 60's decor it could be worse. We want to redo everthing. It is a fairly small 3/4 bath and we are not looking to break the bank on anything too high end. Just nice quality.

The big question in my mind is budget and the shower floor. What would you roughly estimate and what hidden suprises lurk beneath the surface of the tile? Do I dare redo a shower floor on my own our should I hire a contractor? I consider myself fairly handy but do not want to worry about water intrusion down the road.

Do I just start breaking out the floor with a hammer and see what lies beneath?














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Is this on a cement pad or wood frame floor ?
Basement ?

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This is an upstairs bathroom.
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you may not find any problems. It there were it would have shown with leaks below and tile cracks above. Estimate about $3000 - 8000. Use a hammer chisel set on hammer setting and a 2" flat chisel to remove the floor tile. I would clean and re-grout the shower floor and leave it alone.
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Does this bathroom look as bad as my wife says?
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yes.. only because she's wife
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you may not find any problems. It there were it would have shown with leaks below and tile cracks above. Estimate about $3000 - 8000. Use a hammer chisel set on hammer setting and a 2" flat chisel to remove the floor tile. I would clean and re-grout the shower floor and leave it alone.
I'm confused. You would remove the floor tile or clean and regrout the floor tile leaving it alone?
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leave shower replace floor
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Let me get this straight. Your saying I should be able to just remove the old tile. Regrout and lay new tile over the existing subfloor? I don't know If I'm saying this right. We want to replace all of the tile in the bathroom.
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yes you can do this; I would cover the subfloor with Ditra first. Follow their directions.

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