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How to properly prepare old concrete for ceramic tile installation?


Posted by Patrick McCarthy on January 2nd, 2003 03:48 AM
In reply to Thin Set by Jim on April 12th, 2002 08:44 AM [Go to top of thread]

How does one properly prepare concrete for ceramic tile where formerly there was linoleum?

Also, when once bonded, should ceramic tile ever come loose . . . that is . . . if the ceramic tile is properly installed, should it ever buckle and separate from the concrete in one piece . . . or . . . if the concrete moves or cracks, would the tile move and crack as if it is one with the concrete?

I ask this because we had a room full of tile buckle and come loose from the concrete. We believe it came loose due to inadequate preparation of the concrete (once covered with linoleum and then later with carpet). The contractor says it came loose due to foundation movement. There actually has been no serious movement, but even if there had been, a room full of tile should not buckle and come loose from the concrete in its entireity . . . should it?

Thanks for a reply.

Pat Kelly McCarthy at jwmcmac@flash.net

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