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The Medina Fam
Concreate countertop

We recently installed a new cooktop and discovered that under the counter tile is about 2 inches of concrete. We enjoy doing projects ourselves and saving some money. Therefore we would like to know if we can remove the tile and salvage the concrete to keep as the counter top and if so what would be the process?

canuk
Re: Concreate countertop

Sounds like what you have is an old time dry pack mud base.

This method ....... which is centuries old ...... was used to provide a solid base for tiles and a perfect substrate for them to be adhered to ..... now cement backer board is commonly used though dry pack mud bases are still done from time to time for showers. When those tiles were laid with mortar they are permanent and are a bear to remove.

It's difficult to say what the results will be after trying to remove the tiles since they are probably on there pretty darn solid.
If you are successful in removing the tiles you might end up with cracks and gouges in the mud base from the hammering in which case you might end up busting out the mud base as well .... which can be a nasty job if a wire mesh was also used.

A. Spruce
Re: Concreate countertop

If I'm reading your post right, you want to use the concrete as the top and not install new tile. No, you won't be able to salvage and do that because it's the wrong type of concrete, plus as canuk said, you'll likely damage it pretty good while attempting to remove the tile. You might be able to salvage it as a base for new tile, but IMHO, it will be faster and far easier to pull the whole nine yards and install new. Why go to all that work, then risk an unstable base?

If you want to see a concrete countertop, scan this thread for links
http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=1162&highlight=waltdeckhouse

The original poster in that thread poured his own tops and would be happy to discuss the procedure with you. It's a lot of work, it's extremely messy, and the pieces are extremely heavy to move around.

The Medina Fam
Re: Concreate countertop

Thank you for sharing your information, yes it is an old home that has about 20 feet of counter space that was why we were trying to save some money but it sound like we will need to compare the cost of investing in concrete or tile.

Thank you once again for your time and for the link, great info.

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