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Old 08-30-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Remove tile from concrete slab, replace w/ laminate


I have a 200sqft kitchen that I want to remove the ceramic tile and replace with 8mm floating wood laminate. I understand I'll have to chisel the tile up, question is will I need to grind the thin set smooth to lay the new floor?

If yes, any idea on a more efficient way of doing it other than a diamond grinding wheel?

I plan on a 6mil moisture barrier and a layer of padding under the laminate.

Thanks in advance for any advise
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I have a 200sqft kitchen that I want to remove the ceramic tile and replace with 8mm floating wood laminate. I understand I'll have to chisel the tile up, question is will I need to grind the thin set smooth to lay the new floor?

If yes, any idea on a more efficient way of doing it other than a diamond grinding wheel?

I plan on a 6mil moisture barrier and a layer of padding under the laminate.

Thanks in advance for any advise
A diamond grinding wheel isn't necessarily required. A floor scrubber type machine with a sanding attachment and heavy grit paper should do it. It's a dusty proposition.
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I popped one of the tile up in my coat closet. Turns out there is some sort of paper like backing between the tile and the concrete. It pealed right up. I've never seen that before, any idea what that is?

Definitely not the typical thinset application.
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I popped one of the tile up in my coat closet. Turns out there is some sort of paper like backing between the tile and the concrete. It pealed right up. I've never seen that before, any idea what that is?

Definitely not the typical thinset application.
What size is the tile?
Is it mosaic tile?
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12x12 ceramic off white. They were put in by the builder so its pretty vanilla.
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12x12 ceramic off white. They were put in by the builder so its pretty vanilla.
Have no idea! Never seen a solid 12" tile with a paper backer except for 12" X 12" mosaic tile sheets assembled with a paper backer years ago.
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I've started taking up this ceramic tile, holy hell what a mess. I'm using a hammer and chisel, looking for an easier method. The hammer and chisel makes a huge mess. Is there some tool like roofers use to remove old asphalt roofing that I can use to pop these tile up?

I have a pneumatic hammer and chisel but that makes an even bigger mess.

Any ideas?
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I've started taking up this ceramic tile, holy hell what a mess. I'm using a hammer and chisel, looking for an easier method. The hammer and chisel makes a huge mess. Is there some tool like roofers use to remove old asphalt roofing that I can use to pop these tile up?

I have a pneumatic hammer and chisel but that makes an even bigger mess.

Any ideas?
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It's always a dusty mess---have you taped off the doors--covered the near by rooms with plastic and tarps--put fans in the windows to remove the dust?
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It's always a dusty mess---have you taped off the doors--covered the near by rooms with plastic and tarps--put fans in the windows to remove the dust?
...covered the piano, TV's and computers, toaster, closed-off HVAC ducts?
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I have a concrete floor that has thin set on it I would like to put vinyl down, can I use a sander to smooth out the thin set ? if so can it be a belt sander and what grade of paper would I use,please.
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I have a concrete floor that has thin set on it I would like to put vinyl down, can I use a sander to smooth out the thin set ? if so can it be a belt sander and what grade of paper would I use,please.
A belt sander would take forever and probably cause serious grooves that wouldn't be acceptable. A larger (side-to-side) type machine would be more suitable using about a 50 grit paper.
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