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Old 02-03-2010, 01:39 PM   #1
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Tile flooring

My 05 MDTS has the tile floor options, Many cracked tiles and considering replacing w/ a new product that Armstrong just came out with, Has anyone had experience with removal of existing tile, Will be removing all carpet also. Thanks Larry
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:31 PM   #2
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Yes, I removed the carpet and tile from just in front of the front slides to an area diagonal to the water closet door. My method was a chisel and a hammer. I bought one of those large air chisels at Harbor Freight. It would not touch it, I took it back. The flexible tile set they used is really tough. My tile came up in small pieces over a 3 day period. I don't have the endurance I had many moons ago. Hopefully some one will have a better method. I am not sure I would do it again. I am sure my wife would say I would though. The Pergo flooring has been down now about 3 years of full time use. it still looks great.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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Cross hatch (diagonal IIWM) pattern of det-cord, pre-loaded w/sand bags, say on 6" centers for the cord layout.
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That would be faster than the chisel and hammer.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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I wish I had thought of that. Probably would have been worth buying her a new coach.
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I used a large flat head hammer, safety glasses and a chisel. The tile will shatter in a million pieces and will take more then a day to remove.
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Sounds like the same process I used. Your probably in better shape, if you did it in 1 day. In my case the tile would shatter, but most of the pieces still stuck to the bonding agent. In some places the sub flooring came up.
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Yes, the pieces will shatter, and leave a pyramid shape cone of the clay that is the base of ceramic. The subfloor will be impacted- come up- from this removal process. Bluebird used a few different adhesives. One was the thinset, the second was a backerborad and the third was a construction adhesive. All of those are a PIA to get up. It's too bad, that there wasn't a flexible thinset/adhesive/backerboard that would allow for flexing to abstain from having the tile crack. That reason, is why I do not install ceramic- Ernie- old at 62 and a little wiser, to boot
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