Ceramic installation failed...Suggestions??


Old 01-04-08, 01:39 PM
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Unhappy Ceramic installation failed...Suggestions??

We purchased our home approximately four years ago from a corner cutting do it yourselfer. Everything looked nice but didn't last very long. Our main problem is the ceramic floor in the kitchen. It is applied directly to the plywood subfloor that was leveled by inserting wood shims over the joists. Making matters worse, the shims were not even anchored. Needless to say, a number of tiles are either broken or lifted. It looks like it is going to be a huge mess no matter what we do to it. Any one have any idea how to easily lift the remainig tile / thinset / grout / ...

What would be the easiest and most cost effective to put down in place of the ceramic?

Any ideas are welcomed...
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Old 01-04-08, 02:32 PM
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Sorry to hear about your troubles.

The best way would be to get a chisel and hammer, or rent a pneumatic chisel and compressor and brake the tile and thinset up. Once it's up, you will probably want to remove the plywood subfloor down to the joists.

The subfloor needs to be at least 5/8" thick exterior grade if not thicker, then a CBU or Ditra type underlayment over that.
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