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Eiryie
Tricky flooring situation

Sorry for the long post. We have a tough basement flooring situation that has us stumped. Hoping you all have some ideas.

We have about 900sf with ceramic tile, but it's missing in a large section where we removed the old bar and flows into three other rooms that are just the original concrete (about a 1/4" lower).

Our original plan was to remove the existing ceramic tile to restore the entire basement floor to a flat surface and then refinish. However, we are having no luck getting that stuff off of the floor, even with a hammer drill. The problem is that the tile consists of 3"x2" rectangular tiles set in a cobblestone pattern. Even if we get one pried up, it only clears about an inch of floor at a time.

So, we're looking for an alternative to removal that will still give us a flat surface for refinishing. We've considered just covering the tile, but, in addition to the huge number of grout lines, the tiles themselves are textured; so very uneven from a height perspective. Self-leveling compound for the entire 1000+ sf area seems cost-prohibitive. Is there anything else we could try?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Tricky flooring situation

You can 'pull a mud floor' over the existing floor. Head on over to the John Bridge Tile Forum , start your own thread and post a few pics of your current floor.

Are you using a chipping hammer (mini jackhammer) or hammer drill ?

Eiryie
Re: Tricky flooring situation

Thanks for the tip on the other forum. I'll check it out.

We've been using a drill hammer with a chisel tip. It works better than just a hammer, but at the current rate, it will take months to get all of those small tiles up.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Tricky flooring situation

Chipping hammers were designed for this type of work. A small jackhammer may also help but can be a bit wieldy for inexperienced people under 200 pounds.

tfrenos
Re: Tricky flooring situation

So the bar was apx 100 sq ft that does not have tile now and the rest is the textured stuff? If that's the case, lay (glue) down 1/4" plywood where the bar floor was, to meet the height of the rest of the flooring. Then apply a thin 1/4" no-shrink, "strong PSI" mortar patch in the space(s) you removed the tile pieces. LET IT CURE. If you lay new tile or wood flooring or laminate, the underlayment patches won't matter as long as the height is LEVEL with the rest of the area. If you lay carpet it needs to have the WHOLE area w/o depression lines or eventually they'll show through.

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