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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Out With the Old White Tile

This week I'm helping some clients redo a bathroom floor. It was fun to see the transformation today.

Years ago the floor had been tiled, but for whatever reason, the homeowner has had trouble keeping the white tiles clean. The grout may have not been sealed, trapping dirt.

Anyway, after picking up all the materials this morning. We pulled up the old tiles. They seemed to have been installed with some sort of adhesive or mastic rather than in a bed of thinset. This might explain why some of the tile were cracked. Apparently, they weren't supported well underneath.

They shouldn't have this problem anymore. After cleaning off all the adhesive from the plywood subfloor, I installed a layer of thinset and then a layer of 1/4" Hardibacker cementboard.

I laid out the guidelines so that my tiles would be perpendicular to the door. There were quite a few pieces to cut, but it turned out great.

I'll post a couple more pictures after the grouting is finished.


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