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Old 10-16-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Tile Floor Removal

Thought I'd pass on a tip I discovered on removing Ceramic Tile from a Class A. Mine's a DP. I watched all the You-tube videos on removal but after four hours I found the best way.

I rented a Bosch 1-in 7.5-Amp Keyless Rotary Hammer and bought a tile chisel bit (2" width). I found that if you hit each tile about nine times with a large hammer (3 rows of three to cover the entire surface) and then use the hammer drill chisel at a 45 to 30 degree angle, its comes up fast (in little pieces but fast). None of the videos showed that. Also if some thinset does not come up just angle the hammer drill at a 50 degree plus angle and its pops off.



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Old 10-16-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Tile removal

I took up all the tile in my 94 Monaco. I found that they had in that year, not used thin set but some other kind of glue. Some of the tile were loose, several had cracks, and I couldn't find more, and couldn't find a complementary tile that would go with what I had, so removal became necessary.

Anyway at first I tried chiseling them but got lots of pieces. It was really slow and work intensive. Down on my knees lots of really sharp pieces.

Then I discovered that I could take a heat gun and get the tile up to probably 140 or a bit hotter. I could gently pry and those complete tiles and would just lift up. That made the job go really easy.

On a separate note, I have found in owning rentals, a heat gun will soften contact cement and you can put a flat bar under the Formica and lift it as you apply heat to that as well. Heat also softens many of the vinyl glues as well. I always give heat a try when stripping things off.
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When I was back at the Fleetwood service in Decatur, I had a couple of cracked tiles repaired. They used a heat plate that was roughly the same size as the tile. They would leave it on the tile for a couple of minutes, and then the tile would just pop right off without any mess or dust. It was pretty neat to watch, an it seemed very effective.
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leave the windows open and a fan going the off gassing can be nasty
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When I was back at the Fleetwood service in Decatur, I had a couple of cracked tiles repaired. They used a heat plate that was roughly the same size as the tile. They would leave it on the tile for a couple of minutes, and then the tile would just pop right off without any mess or dust. It was pretty neat to watch, an it seemed very effective.
That is good to know. I hope I don't face this problem again. I just remembered that when I was working on one tile I would put a regular clothes iron on the next tile I intended to work on. Look like I should have had two irons and maybe would be closer to what you saw.

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