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09:00AM | 05/23/06
Member Since: 09/27/05
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I have a few questions about tile. I have a bar in my basement with a painted wood top. I want to tile it. Can I tile right on top of the painted wood or should I lay some kind of backer board. Next question/project I live in a fifty year old house I have some old tile in the basement(probably absetous). It is in a couple of rooms, I want to tile over the old tile. Some of the tiles are mising. I was thinking of leveling it out and tiling over. What is a good product to level the floor where some of the tiles are missing. Thanks


02:02PM | 05/23/06
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Put down a backerboard in a bed of thinset and use galvanized roofing nails or backerboard screws every 6" to hold it in place. Putting tile over painted wood probably wont last more than a year or two at best.

If the asbestos tiles are coming loose then putting a self leveling cement over them wont stop more from coming loose in the future. If the rest are down real solid then you could give it a try, but really, taking up asbestos tile is not that big of a health risk. the fibers wont become airborne by scraping the tile, they need to be cut with a saw or a grinder to throw the fibers into the air. Wet the tile down with a misting bottle and use a long handled scraper, wear a mask for safety sake. Get whatever loose ones are there, then pour the self leveling cement into the openings left by removing the tile. If they all come up, use a good modified thinset rated for going over cutback adhesive to set the tile (it will say so on the back of the bag) and skip the self leveling cement.

Disposal of the asbestos tiles will be your biggest problem.

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