06:17AM | 02/12/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
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Hello all,

We have bought a 1935 home with beautiful hardwood planks throughout the first floor except for the back hallway, 1/2 bath, and 13' x 9' kitchen. In those areas, the owners in 1985 laid 4" industrial strength ceramic tiles over a plywood subfloor. There isn't one crack in any of the tiles, no squeaks, a very solid floor. Unfortunately, we want to replace all the tiles with hardwood. From this board I realize that we will have to take the tile off because even though it is solid, a floating hardwood floor would add another inch to its height. From my initial inspection, it's going to be a big job to get the tiles up and then scrape off the cement used . Would you suggest that this is the way to go--get the tiles up and use something (don't know what) to get the cement up)? or somehow get the plywood floor up? (We know that there was vinyl tile put on in the '60's but don't know what it was put on.) Or other suggestions? Thanks in advance.



04:22PM | 02/12/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
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what you need to know is ,how is the tile floor layered.from the top down (tile) then some kind of backerboard? or was the tile glued to plywood,is the plywood the subfloor,or is there another can cut in to the floor,or if you have an air return vent,you can see the layers there, another way is to pull up the threshold of an exit door and look....the best thing you can find is that you have an underlayment under the tile and above the sub floor...take a look and post your reply.....good luck


03:43AM | 02/13/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
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Thanks, carpetman. I think I'll pull up one of the door thresholds this weekend and see what's there. The cement for the tiles was definitely set directly on plywood--that I can tell for sure--but I don't know if there is, as you suggest, some other layers below. There are no vents at all in the kitchen or hallway, so can't check there. I'll get back to you! Thanks.



04:25AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
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Carpetman, I did remove the threshold yesterday. The tile is cemented directly to a 3/4" plywood sheet. It looks like the plywood is directly on another plywood/subfloor; it's definitely on wood but I can't tell what kind of wood unless I start cutting through the plywood. It's very solid, that's for sure! It doesn't look like there's any vinyl tile or linoleum between the plywood and this other subfloor. Would they have put only one subfloor in during the 1930's? Maybe it was replaced during one of the renovations, although I'm surprised there isn't any lineoleum. I don't think the plywood will come up easily, so I might have to just remove ALL THOSE TILES and get the cement stuff off! Thanks for your help




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