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Of Bath floors and exterior paint......

Posted by Bruce M on December 31st, 1997 08:23 PM
In reply to Old House repairs by D.Leal on December 28th, 1997 10:41 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi DLeal:

The bath floor of which you speak is probably sitting on a mortar bed, usually 1-2" thick. The feasibility of adhering a new tile layer to this depends on several things: Is the current tile floor absolutely flat and unbroken and is the old grout in good condition? New adhesives allow new tile/marble to be held tightly down in damp and moist environments, but they usually must go down on absolutely flat surfaces. Also, you have the problem of elevating your bath floor by at least 1/2 to 3/4". Quite honestly, I would rent an electric jack hammer and break up the old tile and'll be surprised at how easily it comes up. Then put down a 1/2" cement backerboard over the subfloor and you're on the way......

If your siding is peeling to the bare wood, it suggests that your initial primer coat has failed, and its time to strip to bare wood. I have had good luck using a heat gun and a good scraper. It takes a while to get the nack, but goes quickly after a while. But keep in mind, this is labor intensive. A paint contactor will want to scrape and maybe pressure wash....which is ok, but you will see the outlines of the old paint under the new paint (tacky) unless you are willing to find a detail contractor who will remove all old paint....but be prepared to pay a heft sum. Heat-gunning off the old paint isn't hard....just very time consuming.

Hope this helps

Bruce M

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