Old 11-05-02, 08:50 AM
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Unhappy Demolition/subfloors

I am in the middle of a massive whole house remodle and have run into a snag. I am having issues with the bathroom floor. The house was built in the 50's so you know it's built like a brick. The whole bathroom was done in pink tile, from wall to floor. (eeew) The walls have been taken down to the studs. The subfloor has major water damage where the tub was so I have to replace it. The floor is 1"x1" tiles with about 1" of mortar under it (let's not forget the wire mesh). I can't use a sledge, I'm not sure how sound the joists are. A hammer isn't powerful enough. I've also tried a pick ax which is working a little. But it's taking forever... I've subed out the plumbing and they are due to start next week. At the pace I'm going there's no way I'll be done by then. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated...
Old 11-05-02, 09:04 AM
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3 pound sledge and cold chisel.
Old 11-05-02, 09:06 AM
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I wouldn't worry about the floor joists. The sledge hammer is the best method for removal. It doesn't take that many blows to break it up and then have the wrecking bar handy, makes removal of the mess alot easier. Wear leather gloves and gogles. You might want to wear some ear protectors as well. If you are concerned about your joists, then you should probably sell it!

I have had numerous projects where removal of good tile floors in homes from the early 20's to 70's with no problem. If this is over a basement, staple plastic to the joists to prevent excessive dust and debris from getting all over. If this is above a laundry room, it can be a mess!

It should go fast for you, good luck!

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