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Old 02-05-2016, 01:12 PM   #1
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Your suggestions on prepping this floor for tile


Hi all!

I just tore up a tile floor that had been installed over luan with no backerboard.

I pulled up the luan, and I've pulled up or nailed down any stray nails/staples. Cleaned up thoroughly.

There are a few areas that have obviously been damp, but nothing serious, and nothing that is unsound.

So, how do I best prep? I have a plan in mind, but I don't want to sway any answers, so at this point I'll just post pictures and see what people smarter than me think.







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Just in case it sounds that way, I do not intend to install tile directly onto this subfloor, by the way! I'm looking for advice on treatment, leveling compounds, backerboards, membranes, etc....

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Old 02-05-2016, 01:28 PM   #3
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Thinset first with a 1/4" square trowel, a layer of 1/2" cement backer board screwed to the subfloor (not the joists) and seams taped with the mesh tape.
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Thinset first with a 1/4" square trowel, a layer of 1/2" cement backer board screwed to the subfloor (not the joists) and seams taped with the mesh tape.
There's some noticeable lippage between the sheets of subfloor, can that be handled by the backer board?
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That's why you bed the CBU in thinset - it supports it at any depressions in the subfloor. If it's 1/8" or less, I think you'll be fine. If it's more than that, then filling with leveler first would probably make sense. It looks pretty flat in the pictures.
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