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condoowner 05-21-2011 11:25 AM

First timer with ceramic flooring
 
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Hello!

I am considering replacing the existing linoleum flooring ion my two ensuite bathrooms by ceramic tiles but I never tried this before and I want to make sure I am starting a project I can finish....

On top of the questions below, I'd like to know what tools and supplies (except the tiles, glue, grout and spacers) I will need.

I have some concerns with the existing configuration/construction. Here's my questions:

Picture 20 & 21 shows a small wood molding installed all around the bathroom. It goes from one side of the door to the other side, in front of the cabinets and the bathtub as well. I assume I'll need to remove this right? Then what will I need to install to hide the interface between the tiles and the baseboards? Do I need to pull the baseboards as well?

Picture 22 shows the junction between the bedroom carpet and the bathroom linoleum floor. I understand I'll need to pull this aluminum strip out but I am worried about the final thickness of the tile flooring VS the bedroom carpet. I don't want to have a "step" up or have problems with the door rubbing on the tiles. That is even worst if I need to install another plywood sheet to strengthen the floor and add rigidity so the tiles don't crack.

Picture 23 shows an overall view of the bathroom. Its a small ensuite bathroom, approx. 7' x 8' minus the cabinet.

Regarding this problem, how do I determine if the current floor is rigid enough and does not require adding a new plywood sheet?

Finally, what about the toilet? Anybody has instructions on how to remove and reinstall the toilet?

Like you can see, I'm very new to this and I don't want to screw up. SO generally, I'd like to be given some general instructions and advices so I dont end up having to hire a contractor to finish the job

Looking forward to hearing your comments or recommendations!

Thanks!


condoowner 05-21-2011 11:25 AM

First timer with ceramic flooring
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello!

I am considering replacing the existing linoleum flooring ion my two ensuite bathrooms by ceramic tiles but I never tried this before and I want to make sure I am starting a project I can finish....

On top of the questions below, I'd like to know what tools and supplies (except the tiles, glue, grout and spacers) I will need.

I have some concerns with the existing configuration/construction. Here's my questions:

Picture 20 & 21 shows a small wood molding installed all around the bathroom. It goes from one side of the door to the other side, in front of the cabinets and the bathtub as well. I assume I'll need to remove this right? Then what will I need to install to hide the interface between the tiles and the baseboards? Do I need to pull the baseboards as well?

Picture 22 shows the junction between the bedroom carpet and the bathroom linoleum floor. I understand I'll need to pull this aluminum strip out but I am worried about the final thickness of the tile flooring VS the bedroom carpet. I don't want to have a "step" up or have problems with the door rubbing on the tiles. That is even worst if I need to install another plywood sheet to strengthen the floor and add rigidity so the tiles don't crack.

Picture 23 shows an overall view of the bathroom. Its a small ensuite bathroom, approx. 7' x 8' minus the cabinet.

Regarding this problem, how do I determine if the current floor is rigid enough and does not require adding a new plywood sheet?

Finally, what about the toilet? Anybody has instructions on how to remove and reinstall the toilet?

Like you can see, I'm very new to this and I don't want to screw up. SO generally, I'd like to be given some general instructions and advices so I dont end up having to hire a contractor to finish the job

Looking forward to hearing your comments or recommendations!

Thanks!


condoowner 05-21-2011 11:25 AM

First timer with ceramic flooring
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello!

I am considering replacing the existing linoleum flooring ion my two ensuite bathrooms by ceramic tiles but I never tried this before and I want to make sure I am starting a project I can finish....

On top of the questions below, I'd like to know what tools and supplies (except the tiles, glue, grout and spacers) I will need.

I have some concerns with the existing configuration/construction. Here's my questions:

Picture 20 & 21 shows a small wood molding installed all around the bathroom. It goes from one side of the door to the other side, in front of the cabinets and the bathtub as well. I assume I'll need to remove this right? Then what will I need to install to hide the interface between the tiles and the baseboards? Do I need to pull the baseboards as well?

Picture 22 shows the junction between the bedroom carpet and the bathroom linoleum floor. I understand I'll need to pull this aluminum strip out but I am worried about the final thickness of the tile flooring VS the bedroom carpet. I don't want to have a "step" up or have problems with the door rubbing on the tiles. That is even worst if I need to install another plywood sheet to strengthen the floor and add rigidity so the tiles don't crack.

Picture 23 shows an overall view of the bathroom. Its a small ensuite bathroom, approx. 7' x 8' minus the cabinet.

Regarding this problem, how do I determine if the current floor is rigid enough and does not require adding a new plywood sheet?

Finally, what about the toilet? Anybody has instructions on how to remove and reinstall the toilet?

Like you can see, I'm very new to this and I don't want to screw up. SO generally, I'd like to be given some general instructions and advices so I dont end up having to hire a contractor to finish the job

Looking forward to hearing your comments or recommendations!

Thanks!


condoowner 05-21-2011 11:25 AM

First timer with ceramic flooring
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello!

I am considering replacing the existing linoleum flooring ion my two ensuite bathrooms by ceramic tiles but I never tried this before and I want to make sure I am starting a project I can finish....

On top of the questions below, I'd like to know what tools and supplies (except the tiles, glue, grout and spacers) I will need.

I have some concerns with the existing configuration/construction. Here's my questions:

Picture 20 & 21 shows a small wood molding installed all around the bathroom. It goes from one side of the door to the other side, in front of the cabinets and the bathtub as well. I assume I'll need to remove this right? Then what will I need to install to hide the interface between the tiles and the baseboards? Do I need to pull the baseboards as well?

Picture 22 shows the junction between the bedroom carpet and the bathroom linoleum floor. I understand I'll need to pull this aluminum strip out but I am worried about the final thickness of the tile flooring VS the bedroom carpet. I don't want to have a "step" up or have problems with the door rubbing on the tiles. That is even worst if I need to install another plywood sheet to strengthen the floor and add rigidity so the tiles don't crack.

Picture 23 shows an overall view of the bathroom. Its a small ensuite bathroom, approx. 7' x 8' minus the cabinet.

Regarding this problem, how do I determine if the current floor is rigid enough and does not require adding a new plywood sheet?

Finally, what about the toilet? Anybody has instructions on how to remove and reinstall the toilet?

Like you can see, I'm very new to this and I don't want to screw up. SO generally, I'd like to be given some general instructions and advices so I dont end up having to hire a contractor to finish the job

Looking forward to hearing your comments or recommendations!

Thanks!


condoowner 05-25-2011 05:30 AM

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Ok I checked the subfloor and it appears to be made of a 3/4" sheet with a 3/8" sheet on top of it. Not sure though if the 3/4" sheet covers the entire area or it's installed only around openings to reinforce them ( such as around the heat registers...).

I would think it's covering the entire area since the bathroom is tiny. Attached is a picture of the construction. Is it common to use ONLY a 3/8" sheet for a floor? I imagine its too thin and would fail!?

The floor feels pretty solid to me, but obviously I cant determine if it deflects more than ceramic tiling would allow...

Once I am confident in the flooring, I will start the job by removing the quarter round molding, the toilet and the linoleum...



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