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Thiassi

11:09AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 11/03/03
8 lifetime posts
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I'm having Home Depot put in new laminate flooring and they want $2.99 a foot to remove the tile plus extra to throw it away. Is this easy enough to do my self, I hate to pay that much? I have about 400' of tile.

carpetman

11:15AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
what kind of tile?what is your subfloor? why don't they lay over the top?please post a reply

Thiassi

11:18AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 11/03/03
8 lifetime posts
I have no idea about the subfloor. I think it is the slab. It is about a year old large ceramic tile.

jbrichar

11:38AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 10/19/03
4 lifetime posts
I just demo-ed and pulled up 3 different types of tile. Get ready for some work. The best way I found was to use a framing hammer or a sledge hammer. Lay down thick plastic and smash away (gloves and eye protection a must). If the tile was installed poorly, all the mortar will come up with the tile. If installed correctly, you prob then have to grind the mortar away with a grinder (it creates a concrete dust mess). Good Luck.

Floorcraft

11:44AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Why don't they lay over the top? to much height?

Thiassi

06:08AM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 11/03/03
8 lifetime posts
It would bo to high to lay over the tile. Could I pull the tile later if I do not like it with the laminate? Or would the laminate not match up? Everyone I talk to says to keep the tile.

carpetman

07:18PM | 11/05/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i think i understand the problem,you are putting laminate in the hall (or master bedroom) and the laminate will not match up to the bath,unless you pull up the tile.so (1)how much do you hate the tile?ceramic is a better choice for a bath.(2)it would be normal to have tile in the bathroom (even with new laminate in the hall)(3) if you hate the tile ,pull it out.laminate is fine in a bath(if you dont get water under it)....good luck

Thiassi

07:51AM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 11/03/03
8 lifetime posts
I pulled the tile myself with a wonder bar and hammer. After a lot of sweat and a little blood. I got it done. Thanks for the info that everyone provided.

wallyburger

09:16PM | 11/19/03
Member Since: 11/19/03
1 lifetime posts
I am also removing tile and mortar on a subfloor of concrete, but am using a hammer and chisel.

Unfortunately, I am wishing that the person who had installed the tile initially had done a poor job so that the tile and mortar would shatter easier...but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I have 2 questions:

1. Is the grinder the only way to get the concrete floor smooth again (I am installing wood laminate after I finish)?

2. How long does it take for mortar to fully cure? The reason for the question is that I am finding when I chisel away at the tile and mortar sometimes the original concrete subfloor is removed also.

3. Has anyone tried a pneumatic/electic chisel or hammer in a condomium? I am worried about the people in the floor below me and whether I will be causing structural damage to the concrete.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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