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05:43PM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 12/25/06
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We are going to lay tile in our kitchen. We had to take up a layer of linoleum and a layer of tile that was underneath. Now there is some brown paper and what looks like tar under the papar in places. Does all of this have to come up before with put down the cement board to lay tile?


07:56AM | 12/31/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
It doesnt have to all come up if it is adhered well to the existing floor, but all loose pieces should be removed ... very well could contain asbestos so check that first. To check for asbestos, get it checked at a local lab or buy an online test kit and do it yourself:


as to the tile, what types of tile are you wanting to install ????


If resilient vinyl/linoleum tiles:

go over the floor with flooring-grade engineered wood panels (underlayment), prep and install per manufacturer instructions.

I recommend one of the following flooring-grade engineered wood panel underlayments:





If stone/ceramic/porcelain tile:

I recommend schluter ditra. It provides a water proof, load-distribution, and uncoupling membrane far superior to conmventional cement backer boards.

go over the floor with schuter ditra, prep and install per manufacturer instructions.

Schluter Ditra:

You possbily could use a cement backer board to save money, but i would really recommend the ditra in this instance, especially if you dont want to take up all that adhesive and felt, but here are some links to them jut in case:





There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.



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