Removing kitchen tile

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Posted by: from Burnaby
4/12/2011 at 9:41:57 PM

I have been trying to remove my old kitchen tiles. They are affixed on compressed board. The compressed board is than not only nailed but also glued on the plywood. When I try to remove the compressed board, the section that is glued breaks apart in small particles making the job daunting. I have used the saw to cut sections but that has not really helped. I tried to remove the tiles from the particle board but that took forever also as the tiles break in tiny little pieces. It took 30 min for 2 square feet. I have another 310 square feet to go. Any suggestions for a novice renovator?


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Date/Time4/13/2011 at 7:47:14 AM

The only suggest would be to use your saw (set the blade at the proper depth) and cut through all layers removing the plywood subfloor as well. Not only will you be able to make sure your floor joists are satisfactory, but you can lay and level and new 3/4 subfloor.


Kingsway Construction Inc.

Glenn Rosborough

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Nathalie in Burnaby
Date/Time4/13/2011 at 9:41:35 AM

Thank you. Since we want to insulate the floor, I guess it will be easier now.

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Date/Time4/14/2011 at 1:40:25 AM

Hi Nathalie,

I too would have to suggest removal of all floor boards and starting fresh with toung and grove plywood(3/4"). Unfortunately, all of the tiles will have to be broken to be removed, and it is a time consuming process.

As Glenn mentioned, please only set the blade of the saw deep enough to cut through the wood subfloor only. You don't want to cut too deep and nick an electrical line or some plumbing.

Good Luck,

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting


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