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Unread 11-18-2020, 07:35 PM   #1
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Paper under ceramic tile?

Tearing up ceramic tile at my daughters house and the tile was set using thin set over what looks like heavy craft paper. It seems the paper was not glued to the slab. House is in Florida and is slab on grade. I assume this was done as a vapor barrier? Should it have been set in thin set or something? The good news is it’s coming up super easily!
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Unread 11-18-2020, 08:25 PM   #2
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Are we looking at the paper or at the concrete slab under the paper, Paul?
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Unread 11-19-2020, 02:04 AM   #3
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I think we’re looking at the slab. And I think the paper was someone’s “good idea” for an anti-fracture membrane.

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I think Kurt is right. Congrats on an easy tearout!
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Unread 11-19-2020, 07:39 PM   #5
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I've read that some tile showrooms do that so it's easy to change out to a new style. A floating floor in tile, held together only by mostly the grout, could survive awhile. Any void underneath could start a failure.
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Well, if you're tearing it out, that's the kind of installation you want.
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You can brag to your friends that you tore out the tile with your bare hands like it was paper!
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Yeah in a few places it is seriously stuck but for the most part zero adhesion. I am just wondering if this is sort of normal? Paper may have been aquabar?
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"Sort of normal?" Well, perhaps normal for that installer, but the ceramic tile industry would not consider it "normal," Paul.

However, you're in Florida where it seems most anything at all in the ceramic tile realm is "normal."
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Had to break out the rotary hammer for the pieces that were stuck. Strangest thing I have seen... although at my last house they tiled over vinyl so...
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