Removing old floor for ceramic tile

Old 02-26-03, 09:44 AM
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Removing old floor for ceramic tile

First, I don't know if I am putting this in the correct forum. I have been asked by a friend to help him lay ceramic tile in his half bath. The reason that he asked me is that he has wood floors in there now and he is sick of having the toilet leak and having to have the wood fixed.

Just for clarification, this is a cement slab house.

I have layed tile before, however I have never pulled up a wood floor to do so. Are there any tricks to pulling up the old floor? What do I use to cover the joint between the two floors when I am finished?

Finally, a builder friend of his said something about laying down a membrane then a backer board since the toilet had leaked before. I have always just layed the tile on the cement as long as there were no cracks or other issues. Should I consider this membrane/backer board combo or should I just lay it the way I know?

Old 02-26-03, 03:55 PM
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Hi Jeff,

If the concrete is in good shape I would install the tile directly to it using a modified thin set (Versa Bond at Home Depot). Getting the wood out is sometimes easy, sometimes not. Pry it up.
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