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Old 03-24-2020, 02:13 PM   #1
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I have 5 or 6 broken ceramic tiles and I have 5 spare tiles under the bed. Not sure how hard or how big of a job replacing just broken tiles would be or if it's worth it. I thought i read somewhere that you could go over the top of ceramic tile with some of the the new vinyl floor plank flooring. I don't see how it would work since you would not be going against a smooth surface, plus you would be adding to the thickness of the floor where the slides ride. I know flexing cases broken tiles and not sure if I should be looking there first or if it's the nature of the beast. The tiles are light color and the cracks don't show real bad but I see them and wish I didn't.
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It`s not that big of a deal if you take your time & follow my directions -- I`ve done this job several times -- First, get a grout saw -- They are about the size of a utility knife & don`t cost much @ HomeDepot -- Remove the grout around the tile -- This is am important step -- If you don`t remove the grout, the adjoining tile is subject to crack when you break the bad tile -- Second, get a masonry bit ( 1/2 inch if possible) & drill a hole in the middle of the broke tile -- Third, start breaking the old tile from center out -- The wood floor is made of Chip Board, so chunks of it will come up with the broke tile - Don`t get excited about that -- The Thin Set will take care of the voids - HomeDepot sells a FLEX THIN SET -- It`s made for such things as RV tile install -- Mix it according to directions -- Don`t get it to thin -- After it dries, apply the grout -- Grout comes in sanded & non sanded & many colors -- Use non-sanded grout if the grout lines are about 1/8th wide --After you get the tile spaced where you want them, use blue tape & secure them in place - Sometimes tile will drift some when wet -- Bill Willard
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I usually use pennies for spacers -- Thin set will probably ooze up between the tile -- Remove that before it dries -- A real chore after it dries -- Remove the grout from surrounding tile so when you grout, it will blend in -- The grout probably won`t match, but after some use, it will --
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I have 5 or 6 broken ceramic tiles and I have 5 spare tiles under the bed. Not sure how hard or how big of a job replacing just broken tiles would be or if it's worth it. I thought i read somewhere that you could go over the top of ceramic tile with some of the the new vinyl floor plank flooring. I don't see how it would work since you would not be going against a smooth surface, plus you would be adding to the thickness of the floor where the slides ride. I know flexing cases broken tiles and not sure if I should be looking there first or if it's the nature of the beast. The tiles are light color and the cracks don't show real bad but I see them and wish I didn't.
If your going to do repairs, follow what Bill W said. He knows what he's doing.

If you're going to put something down instead, tear out all the tile and start fresh. Tearing it out is very difficult, time consuming and messy.

Don't plan on getting any more matching tiles. I searched for 2 years before I gave up and tore my tile out.
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There is a reason you have broken tiles. I would work on correcting that before you replace the tiles as they will break again.
Tear the whole business up and put engineered wood in. This stuff works. I know.
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