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Old 03-14-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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I have a house that was built in 64. I am remodeling the bathroom and a friend suggested that i take out the concrete under the tile and start fresh. So, the tile sits on about 3 inches of concrete and under that is the wood subfloor. Should i do that or leave it?
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Sounds like a mud bed. I would remove it.
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IDK.... but if you're just going to need/replace the rise of the mud bed, and it's in good shape after you remove tile, IDK why you'd remove it.

Why does your friend say to remove it.
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Reads like some of the custom homes my brother built for some more wealthy people back in the 70's. Whenever they had a bathroom or large entry foyer they wanted high quality "mudset" tiles laid in, they had us frame a floor system for the tiles like my goofy sketch.

Probably frowned upon with the newer tile technology today. But was the norm back then it seemed, for the big custom homes where money was no object.
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Yup, thats what my friend said, that they spent some money on it. The tile does have a crack running through it, just would be a pain to take it out but i want ir done right.
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One can see it my sketch where the weakness in those old systems would be, because if there is ANY deflection in a joist at all, it will break the mudset and tile ....right along the center of the joists, as the mud was only 1.5 in. thick above the joists.
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Here is a picture of the floor,there is a crack (not from my demo job) further up on the tile floor. The whole bathroom was filled with pink tile, floor to ceiling.
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