Removing old ceramic floor tile

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Old 09-28-16, 05:53 AM
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Removing old ceramic floor tile

Hi, looking for some advice. I have a hallway that has ceramic tile on the floor. My wife wants it removed and replaced with solid hardwood. As far as I can tell, the subfloor is 2 layers of 3/4" plywood, and the tile was installed with thinset directly on top of the subfloor. What's the best way to remove the tile and thinset? I've had a couple of cracked tiles replaced, and it appears that there is a VERY good bond to the plywood. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Correction: plywood thickness is 1/2" over 3/4". Definitely 2 layers of plywood- no cement board.
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If it's a small area I'd use a chisel and hammer. Try removing a threshold strip if you have them and get your chisel between the tile and subfloor. If it's a larger area there are flat blade bits that fit in rotary a hammer and electric jackhammers with a flat bit that make the work go much faster. If you've got a really big area to do then seek out a tile remover. Many tool rental stores carry them and they can be rented by the half or full day.
 
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If it were me, I'd highly consider removing the tiles by removing the " ply too. Might be the easiest and then you could do the job right with backer board. The " is liable to get damaged anyway.

Hope it's not a big area cuz it won't be much fun either way you go.

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I would also cut and remove sections of plywood with the tile attached.
This tile could be very difficult to remove and might only come up in small chips.
It helps to smash the tile everywhere with a sledge and then scrape it.
 
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removing tile

Thanks everyone for your helpful comments. I was hoping for a "magic bullet" solution, LOL. I guess it comes down to some hard work. I guess I'll try removing
a section with the chisel method. If it looks hopeless, I'll try removing the 1/2" plywood with the tiles.

Thanks, Steve
 
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