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01-16-2003, 02:16 PM
Now I have done it.! I did such a great job with tiling the bathroom (with great help from the forum I might add) that my wife, right out of the blue last night, asked "how hard would it be to replace the tile in the kitchen?" I told her "sledge hammer hard!" We have a large kitchen (eat in area) It is about 15' x 25'. They are 12" X 12" tiles over a mud base. The tiles are under the cabinets and appliances. I told her we could maybe consider it if we every decide to completely redo the kitchen. Just out of curisosity, was I far off about the sledge hammer? How would you go about removing the tiled floor I described? Do you end up destroying the mud base? Just curious.

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John Bridge
01-16-2003, 05:09 PM

Unless the original installation is defective, I would simply tile over what's there. It'll raise your floor the thickness of the new tiles, but I'd rather not think about having to tear out a mud job right now. :)

01-16-2003, 05:27 PM

Mike Nelson
01-17-2003, 04:58 PM
How do you tile right over an existing tile floor, do you have to do anything to the tile to get thinset to adhere? I've torn out an old floor with a hammer drill with a chisel attachment and it was easy, granted it was a small bathroom. But it was fairly painless.


John Bridge
01-17-2003, 05:04 PM

Depends on the tiles, but every manufacturer that makes thin set makes one that is ultra-sticky and super strong that will virtually bond anything to anything, and they guarantee it. The important thing is to get the original tile squeaky clean.

I've torn out my share of mud jobs, and you're right. Some are relatively easy, and some are back-breakers, but the point is why, if you don't have to?