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Old 11-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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I put down porcelain tile 10 years ago. Just had to tear up a 5x5 area due to refrigerator leaking. Saved most of the tiles. Had to replace floor. When we built house 38 years ago we put down 3 subfloors. Between floor over the joist and the next floor we placed tar paper. Next layer was 5/8 plywood then covered with 1/4 in particle board. Had to replace top 2 layers. Now the problem. Old tile still has old mortar on it. How do I remove or do I try to lay tile with old mortar. Have tried removing it with no luck. Has to be used cause tiles are now out of stock. Please help

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Old 11-24-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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Either use a 4 1/2" angle grinder with a diamond cup---or leave out the top 1/4" layer of particle board and set the tile,old thinset and all, into a thick bed of modified thinset----

That particle board layer was not a good idea anyway --it falls apart when it gets wet.

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Old 11-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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That 1/4 can be made up with 1/4 tile board.
No form of partacal board should ever be used as a subfloor or underlaymant.
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I put down porcelain tile 10 years ago. Just had to tear up a 5x5 area due to refrigerator leaking. Saved most of the tiles. Had to replace floor. When we built house 38 years ago we put down 3 subfloors. Between floor over the joist and the next floor we placed tar paper. Next layer was 5/8 plywood then covered with 1/4 in particle board. Had to replace top 2 layers. Now the problem. Old tile still has old mortar on it. How do I remove or do I try to lay tile with old mortar. Have tried removing it with no luck. Has to be used cause tiles are now out of stock. Please help

try resin fiber sanding discs, find them at HF. they have worked for me in the past. good luck
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