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wknddiy 12-03-2012 05:47 AM

What is the best way to remove this tiling and how much to remove?
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My wife finally sold me the idea we could redo our small bathroom.. After removing the old wallpaper, the sink and the cabinet, I am stomped with how to remove the tiling most efficiently. The picture is from where the cabinet was. It looks like I have a cement layer set in there, then there is the white material that looks like cement mortar but this one is really hard. I tried to chip with a chisel and a hammer and I feel it can take hours and my old back will not like it much.. The house was built in 1970 and I think this is the original tiling from then. We want to replace the ceramic tile with cork or bamboo tiles/planks. My questions are:

1. What is the best way to remove the tiling and the white mortar? I read a number of earlier posts that talked about an electric hammer. I am considering either that or hiring someone.
2. Do I need to remove the cement backing and how?


oh'mike 12-03-2012 06:12 AM

A few more details-----Is this on a concrete slab or a wood subfloor---

If it's over concrete---rent a chipping hammer with a flat blade---you will have it off the floor in a hurry---

wknddiy 12-03-2012 05:50 PM

This bathroom is on our second floor and on wood subfloor. I read about chipping hammer on other posts.Will it still work?

funfool 12-03-2012 06:06 PM

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Yep, chipping hammer will do it quickly.
I have one of these, would recommend just renting one though.
Blade will be about a 1 1/2" wide. Just tell the person at rental yard what you want it for, will set you up with what you need.

oh'mike 12-03-2012 06:42 PM

Is it set on the subfloor or is there a layer of underlayment?

If there is an underlayment---get a flat bar under it and drive it inbetween the subfloor and the underlayment and remove this and underlayment all at once---

If it's set right on the subfloor---I suggest banging on the tile with a big hammer---the tile usually bounced right off the wood---

And Yes--that chipping hammer will work---

JazMan 12-03-2012 09:07 PM

First of all. I'm not sure about cork, but bamboo in a full bathroom is not a good plan. I would think cork isn't much better, but maybe not.

What you've got there is a basic plain old mud job. It's made like so.....

Tarpaper over the wood subfloor. Metal lath stapled over that. A mix of sand/cement about 3/4" thick placed and leveled. Then tiles installed with thinset mortar. (that white stuff).

Removed it all down to the subfloor. Start at doorway with 2 lb. hammer and crowbars. Pry it up being careful not to get violent so you do not damage the plywood. Also need wire cutters - tin snips to cut lath. Makes lots of dust. Also get leather work gloves.

Once the old mud is gone you might/should need to add more underlayment depending on condition and what you're installing. (hopefully nothing made of wood).


JazMan 12-03-2012 09:09 PM

Duplicate post, site acting weird last 2 days.

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