Uneven cement floor, need advice.

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Old 08-09-08, 05:49 PM
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Uneven cement floor, need advice.

Hi,
I am renovating my bathroom and ran into a bit of a snag when it came to removing the old tiles.

I found that the these tiles were installed directly on top of a (wet) cement slab. The problem is that when I started removing these tiles, I notice that some of the cement chips away with the tiles.

So, once all the tiles are removed, I will be left with a slab of cement with many chips and dents and really uneven.

Anybody has any advice for smoothing-out this cement slab before I install new tiles?

I heard of cement-self levelers. Could this help me?

Actually, I found that this cement slab was poured over a really nice hardwood floor (what a sin...). The layers making up the floor are:
- hardwood
- criss-crossing metal mesh
- cement
- tiles

Would it be hard to remove this cement altogether and keep the original floors? probably not.

Thanks for your help!
 
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Removing cement like that is lot of work not to mention $300 for carting. If you really want a wood floor you could install plywood on top of the cement and a wood floor on top of that as long as the height wouldn't cause a problem.
 
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thanks.

What is carting?

What about leveling the cement slab after removing the tiles? Does anybody know what I should use for that?

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Carting is hauling the old cement to the dump.

A mortar mix may work for leveling the existing cement if you don't want to remove it.
 
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