call me Bob Villa

well, I’m sitting here on a Saturday morning having already accomplished a good bit this weekend so far. We replaced the kitchen faucet, replaced all of the cabinet hardware in the kitchen cabinets and hall bathroom cabinets and have pulled up half of the kitchen/dinning area/front entrance tile. The tile covers an area of about 350 sq feet so it is a good bit to pull up. Going to try to pull up the rest today. The biggest challenge is to get the thinset up. It is REALLY difficult. I rented a tile shark to pull up the tile (works really good) but the thinset is at one with the concrete floor. I think I’m looking at renting a floor grinder or something to pull that up. Once that is done, then I’m paying someone to lay probably a glue down manufactured hard wood.

And now, an open statement to my builder, tile contractors, and homeowners everywhere:

Do you want to save yourself, homeowners and people in general a lot of grief? Do you want to make someone’s life a little better? Do you want to bring a smile to someone today? Then take this little advice. You ready? Here goes. IF you happen to be building a home or own a home that is on a concrete slab, if you are EVEN considering putting down tile on said concrete slab, then WHATEVER you do….put SOME sort of backer board, membrane, etc. on BETWEEN the concrete and thinset. This will make for happier moments for everyone involved.


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