I'm about to do a ceramic tile job. For some reason ceramic tile is an area I never did get much experience in. I'd like to do it right. I have a basic understanding just from being a handyman and carpenter and from some books, but I still have a few questions.
First off, one of the floors thats gonna get tiled is a landing that already has vinyl on it, plywood underneath. I was wondering if it's recommended to take the vinyl off first before tiling. From what I understand about adhesives, I'd have to use an epoxy adhesive on top of vinyl, and I hear thats both toxic and hard to work with. The trouble is of course that if I take the vinyl off, I'm gonna have adhesive to scrape off.
So: Can I use mastic type adhesive on vinyl thats over plywood? Also, can I use mastic adhesive on plywood itself? And if I have to take off the vinyl, whats the best kind fo adhesive remover to use?
also: when would a wire mesh be used as an underlayment?
Thanks a lot ,