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Removing old ceramic tile and cement from concrete floor

Old 10-26-03, 06:40 PM
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Question Removing old ceramic tile and cement from concrete floor

I am remodeling a 25-year-old (plus) bathroom and trying to remove the ceramic tile from the concrete floor. Having to bust up the old ceramic tile, but the contact cement is very challenging to get off the concrete floor.
Is there an easier way other than by hammer and cold chisel? How will I be able to get a smooth concrete floor to lay the new tile on? Is there a trick of the trade?? Thanks!! I'm so confused, dusty and getting tired, but still have a long way to go!!

Old 10-27-03, 03:17 AM
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Best thing to do is get a sledgehammer and start swinging. You need to remove all the tile and existing mortar base down to your subfloor. Break it up and then get a large trash can and shovel to scoop it up. Once that is done, you can apply a new sub-floor overlay like, 1/2" or 3/4" plywood, then 1/2" Cement board over this, glued and screwed. Then you are ready for tile application as long as plumbing needs have been met like toilet flange is in right position.

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