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Old 02-01-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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First time laying tile

I Need some help!! I have removrd some old tile and re-doing my foyer. The tile is removed now. Should I remove the old thinset and if so, what is the best way?
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:44 PM   #2
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You should remove as much as you can, so you won't have to fill in as much when you set your tiles. A hammer and wide chisel will work, or you can rent an electric demo hammer to speed things along. The surface doesn't have to be perfect, but do try to keep the remaining thinset to less than 1/16" or 3/32" so you won't be creating lumps and bumps under your tile.
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob1

I'm going from 8" Tile to 16" . A saleman at HD said I may want to try sulfamic acid to soften it up. The thin set is spread evenly, But with the change in size of the tile will it hurt it to let the old thinset remain?
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:12 PM   #4
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Be sure to use a cold chisel or other type of masonry chisel. And a small sledge hammer is preferable to a carpentry hammer. And, as Norm Abram says on TV, "there is no more important safety rule than wearing safety glasses."
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Old 02-01-2005, 03:26 PM   #5
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Another tool to consider...

Ronti...

If you have access to an air chisel (the kind mechanics use to cut out exhaust systems, fenders, etc) and you have the means to power one.... they are cheap, light, efective, available with a wide selection of tips and their pressure can be regulated.

Definetly don't forget the safety glasses.

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Old 02-01-2005, 05:25 PM   #6
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Thanks Dave

That is how I got the tile up is with an air chisel. I was just hoping ther was an easier way for the mortar. It has ridges all through it. Oh well Nothing is real simple.

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Old 02-01-2005, 05:44 PM   #7
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You can skim coat it smooth with some modified thinset if you like, you can take off the safety glasses for this.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:43 PM   #8
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do yourself a favor and use a 1/2" notch trowel with those 16" tile. especially over a tear out. you'll need an extra bag of thinset.
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