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What is under my old tile floor

Tuesday, July 09, 2013



These are the holes left from the screws that had to be removed from under my tile. It's been 25 years, but I remember the installers in 1988 putting in a million screws to keep the luan that they put down under the tile. Totally the wrong substrate!! The water based adhesive of the day soaked and buckled the luan and so they put in the screws. It's a nightmare for the workmen, but I told the contractor what was under there, he just thought I was exaggerating. I wasn't.
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  • v SHARON10002
    Yup, that's the way they did things back then. Didn't have the same building codes they do now, nor the array of materials to work with. I do remember luan, and I'm sure I have some in my house, too! emoticon
    1146 days ago
  • v LADYRH
    emoticon Soon this will be in the past. Hang in there.
    1146 days ago
  • v SUSANNAH31
    Yikes! What a mess. Your contractors have their work cut out for them.

    I think there is nothing so disruptive to a house as having a kitchen redone.

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    1147 days ago
  • v CATLADY52
    You do have a fixed price contract, Don't you? Something like that can really mess with a contractor's mind. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon
    1147 days ago
  • v VTRICIA
    We had a floor we would up doing like that, only it was a very thin particleboard. We didn't want the floor to gain a lot of thickness because the ceiling was already quite low and we didn't want to have to shorten all the doors.
    1147 days ago
  • v DELUDINGMYSELF
    I have been trying for years to get a contractor to fix my the shower faucet the local plumber came in an looked he turned right around an said, he remembers how this house was built in the 70's so get someone else to work on it! ?? The next guy, my brother-in- law, he took part of the shower home to work on it - that was nearly six years ago - he's still working on it( his words) emoticon
    1147 days ago
  • v CELIAMINER
    He probably thought you were exaggerating because you are, after all, just a woman, right? Further, he probably thought you shouldn't worry your pretty little head about his "man's work," because you couldn't possibly comprehend its complexity [dripping with sarcasm]. Not that anything like that has ever happened to me [rolls eyes].
    1147 days ago
  • v SUZYMOBILE
    What the heck is luan?
    1147 days ago
  • v CARRAND
    I have my doubts about how the contractor installed my powder room floor. The subfloor wasn't level, so the marble tiles aren't level, either. The house settled, and one of the tiles actually cracked. That floor was installed less than 5 years ago. I should make him re-do it.
    1147 days ago
  • v FISHINGLADY66
    It will be so nice to have everything done right and new again. I'm happy for you.
    1147 days ago
  • v MILLIFRED
    We removed a stone floor from our kitchen this spring because it was breaking up so bad. What a mess! Anyway, most of the floor beneath needed to be replaced right down to the floor boards and I now have a nice new hardwood floor in the main part of my kitchen. We kept the old stone floor in the lower part which is the back entry to our house as it was one of the features that made us want the house in the first place. In the process we discovered the hole where the mice were coming in and havn't seen once since!
    1147 days ago
  • v MEDDYPEDDY
    I would feel great to know that it will be taken cear of and done right this time!
    1147 days ago
  • v PINKNFITCARLA
    I know you'll be very happy when it's done right! Hang in there!
    1148 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    My son living in student digs was just telling me about a bucket to catch drips from a third floor tub which the contractor discovered had been drywalled into the second floor ceiling: yes, really!!

    Hope you've got a fixed price contract!!
    1148 days ago
  • v 4A-HEALTHY-BMI
    I just love when contractors put down the wrong material and then jury-rig it...

    NOT.

    Glad you're getting it re-done RIGHT!
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    1148 days ago
  • v AJDOVER1
    Funny that the contractor thought you were exaggerating! I can totally understand how the installation in 1988 has stayed in your mind all these years. The memories from this experience will surely be more pleasant.
    1148 days ago
  • v TRAVELGRRL
    Remodeling is stressful, isn't it? It's hard to relax when you have all these strangers in your house, and you somehow (weirdly) feel responsible for the condition of things (like the floor underneath your tile) even though you had nothing to do with it! Oh well, have a box of your town's highest-quality doughnuts for them one morning, and they'll love you for it!!!
    1148 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    have lived many years in the samehouse but not as much as you
    1148 days ago
  • v GABY1948
    LOL...WOW, I can't believe you have lived in that house that long! And even remember the Luan I know you are taking LOTS of pictures! What an experience for you! ENJOY...I would!
    1148 days ago
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