How do i decided whether to put a third layer of tiles down?
ok, there was damage to the tiles, and i was going to removed all the tiles to the bare wood. decided it was just too hard to do that. i am 70 yrs old. tried the reciprocating saw with a blade, but almost wanted to tear up the floor. using an iron works best to remove the tiles. the first layer is reg tile using good old glue. then the next layer is press and stick which is easier to come up. my dilemna..lift up all the press and stick or add the press and stick to the damaged area to make it all flat and then put on new press and stick on top of it all. pictures sorry about the popcorn and fuzzy picture. if i just fix the area, it would be three layers of tile on the floor., which i am ok with. i am selling anyway..
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I know what it’s like to get this far into a project and think you just can’t finish it. Unfortunately the rest of the tiles need to come up.
I have two bits of advice.
The first is to get a floor scraper. It’s on a handle like a broom and is kind of like a spatula. You can work it under the peel and stick tile and pry the rest up.
The second is to just do a little section each day. I find small jobs easier to power through than a huge project. Before you know it you will be ready to prep your floor for your new tile!
I am sad because I just drove through there last week on a trip home from California and I could have helped you in person, but I am sure you can finish what you started and have a nice floor to show for it!
ok. can i go ahead and remove the press and stick tiles...the top layer..leaving the one layer where it is? just fix up the area that is torn apart? what do people think about this plan? the press and stick tiles come up fairly easy, but i have large kitchen. i think i may hire someone to repair the one area anyway.
If you can get the floor even, you can put another floor on top of it. However you have to watch where your dishwasher is and baseboards. If there is a Habitat for Humanity near you, go there and see if you can find someone to help you tear out the old floor. You can also try a church group or even a high school. These kids do this stuff for extra credit all the time.
If not hire someone reasonable, you will recoup your money in the long run. Oh, the scraper thing that is on a broom handle works very well.
I have a suggestion, order a few pizzas, grab a couple 12 packs, call family, friends, neighbors, anyone you can think of. You'd be surprised how hard people will work for free pizza and beer! But to be honest, if you're selling the place, the new owners will plan on tearing it out anyway. The extra work you're doing will not add to the value of the home. If you had to live with it, of course you'd want to do it nice. But if you never have to look at it again, does it really matter to you?