Remove mud wall before retiling?


Old 02-06-05, 09:11 AM
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Remove mud wall before retiling?

Hi folks,

I have an 80-year old house with a bathroom I'm remodeling. I have pulled own all the old tile and am getting ready to retile and have some questions about the current backing. It's a traditional mud wall with some settlement cracks and a few pock marks. It seems pretty stable - no apparent movement even when a fair amount of force is applied. Obviously, it has the grooves from what I'll assume is thinset mortar (these were the original tiles - anyone know what was commonly used 80 years ago to adhere tiles to mud?).

My question - should I:

1) rip down the mud walls and put up cement backer;
2) do some cleanup and glue and screw some thin cement backer;
3) do cleanup and mild repair (skimcoat some new mud so I have a smooth surface again).

Suggestions and additional questions welcome!

Thanks in advance,
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Old 02-07-05, 06:10 PM
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# 3 should be sufficient. I would use a bigger notched trowel instead of the standard wall trowel notch size...........this would increase the height of the glue when spreading it and would compensate for your uneven areas. Just give the glue an extra day or two to dry b4 grouting.
Old 02-09-05, 04:23 PM
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well depending on the thickness and how well the mud was mixed back then you may want to try and Mist the mudded area's and get your self a good stiff Drywall Knife " 6" " and see if you can remove it that way or at least remove as much as you can.

then maybe apply a thin coat of fresh mud to it to try and level it out some.

but that all depends upon how big of and area your talking about too.

Edit**** Oop's my bad!!! :mask: I read it too quickly didnt see #3
Old 02-09-05, 04:32 PM
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scrape off as much thinset as you can. then use thinset and fiberglass tape over the cracks. then tile away.
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