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Old 07-30-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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(Another) flooring project

Just thought I'd share what I'm up to. I pulled up the last 600 sq. ft. or so of downstairs flooring (carpet and linoleum) and am tiling the space that's left. I did stranded bamboo in the rest of the downstairs last year.

Wanted to share some pictures as I progress.


getting the vinyl up:



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Old 07-30-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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looks great. I don't miss summers working with my uncle doing this kind of stuff bad for the knees. I am glad I know how to do it when its time to.
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Scraping that linoleum sucks , looks good especially the design Instead of going straight squares
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Looks good! We had to scrape 20+ year old linoleum out of our old house in Pasadena... it was a !
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Yeah, that was definitely the worst part so far. Ended up using an electric oscillating tool with a carbide grit rasp to get the off that was left on the slab. Not sure of the age of the old flooring, but the house was built in 86 and there were two layers of linoleum.
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Scraping that linoleum sucks , looks good especially the design Instead of going straight squares
Yeah, plain straight, square set tile doesn't do much for me. All this tile cutting is taking forever, but I figured if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. Out of that ~50 sq.ft. room I think I only had 8 or 9 uncut tiles. I'm hoping the effort that goes into this shows.

Edit: just counted in the picture, it's only 7.
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Yeah, plain straight, square set tile doesn't do much for me. All this tile cutting is taking forever, but I figured if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. Out of that ~50 sq.ft. room I think I only had 8 or 9 uncut tiles. I'm hoping the effort that goes into this shows.

Edit: just counted in the picture, it's only 7.
I see 8, but the one at the bottom may have a cut I can't see at the door threshold. Looks great dude. I got 2 bathrooms in my near future too, but I've got to pull the tubs, new pans, bench seats, recessed toiletry shelves, etc. Not looking forward to it.
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Yeah, that was definitely the worst part so far. Ended up using an electric oscillating tool with a carbide grit rasp to get the off that was left on the slab. Not sure of the age of the old flooring, but the house was built in 86 and there were two layers of linoleum.
You should try a "rotary hammer drill"... I just used one for the first time. Ridiculous time-saver on flooring.

Great job on the tilework! Looks clean.
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How did you put a rotary hammer to use? There was a paper and adhesive residue that I was afraid would keep the mortar from adhering to the slab, so I used the oscillating tool and rasp to scrape it up. It really went pretty quickly. Just not seeing at the moment how you'd use the rotary hammer to do this.

I've got a little bit of old tile left to get up and anything that will make it easier than a hammer and chisel sounds great to me. (I do have an air chisel and air compressor that I will try to put to use.)
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The tool quickly chips away tiles and the thinset underneath.

Essentially the tool on a stand... watch from 1:30
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He's pulling up linoleum with adhesive backer....not existing tile. I will agree a hammer demo hammer is the way to go pulling up old tile though.

Jae, you ever get your other floor area leveled off and completed?
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Ok, gotcha. That wouldn't have been what I needed for the part I took up earlier (the little bit of thinset there came up easily with just a putty knife), but would certainly be handy on the ceramic stuff I haven't done yet.
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...I figured if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right.
"Done right" means pulling the baseboards and tiling to the wall, then replacing the baseboards.

Nice tile work, though. I've done plenty, never again though. LOL
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"Done right" means pulling the baseboards and tiling to the wall, then replacing the baseboards.

Nice tile work, though. I've done plenty, never again though. LOL
Good point. I should've pulled it all already, as it's all getting replaced once the floor is down anyway. Guess this will make it a little harder to pull, huh?
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Good point. I should've pulled it all already, as it's all getting replaced once the floor is down anyway. Guess this will make it a little harder to pull, huh?
Yah, it will be a bit more difficult because you'll have to pull up and out instead of just out. And unless you go with a much thicker baseboard, or run grout to the wall, you'll have to add shoe moulding to cover the gap (not that having shoe moulding is a bad thing).
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Yah, it will be a bit more difficult because you'll have to pull up and out instead of just out. And unless you go with a much thicker baseboard, or run grout to the wall, you'll have to add shoe moulding to cover the gap (not that having shoe moulding is a bad thing).
It's all getting quarter-round over the baseboard anyway, which is the main reason I left it. Looks like it was never "done right" to begin with. From what I can tell, this tile is original (early-80's) to the house...



I did get a little more done yesterday though. Hoping to move back to working on the breakfast room/kitchen this weekend.

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Looking Good! Nice job!
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I'd recommend using shoe moulding instead of quarter-round. Looks better and easier to nail.
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I wasn't familiar with that term, but when I looked it up it appears to be exactly what I had in mind.



So what's the difference?
https://thecraftsmanblog.com/quarter-...-shoe-molding/



Shoe molding is exactly what I had in mind, and I'm glad to now understand the difference and be using the correct terminology.
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