DIY: How To Remove Thinset On Your Own
You all must have come across a layer of mortar, adhesive in nature, beneath tiles and grout. The main purpose of this layer is to hold the tiles properly. This is known as thinset and it is made with the help of fine sand particles, cement and a small portion of water holding agent. In this article, we will have a deeper insight on how to remove thinset.
There are chances that people decide to re-do or re-decorate one or two rooms of their house in order to give it a new look. Now, re-doing any room not only includes changing the setting of the furniture or other decorative items, but it also includes changing the wallpapers, flooring in the rooms and the like.
In order to get the new flooring done, the old tiles need to be removed. As you start taking out the tiles, you come across this adhesive layer- thinset which also needs to be removed. It is glued very well to the cement base and holds the tiles with the cement. Once you start to chip the thinset, you will find it a very difficult task and one must know about the right way and the right tools to carry out this hassle full job.
Well, don't you worry! Following points will help you to be an expert in the process of chipping the thinset layer.
Things You Need
You require the following set of tools to carry out the process on your own:
- Hammer Drill with a Tile Chisel Bit
- Sledge Hammer
- Floor Scraper
- Square Shovel
This is the first requirement for the removal process. The main job of a hammer drill is to produce a pronounced pounding force which proves to be a driving force for removing the thinset layer. It moves the bits and pieces of the thinset chisel away.
This tool has two discs, one disc slide past the other. The disc rises and falls causing that part to move forward and backward, ultimately creating a pounding effect.
The second tool needed for this work is a simple Sledge Hammer. The size which will work best for removing the thinset is 4-5 pounds. Don't go for heavier ones, as their constant use might irritate your hands. So, opt for a medium sized hammer. This helps to break the thinset layer into small pieces.
A floor scraper, as we are aware, has a sharp end. It is this design of the tool which is perfect for smoothing the floor after the thinset is removed completely. It helps a great deal in cleaning the floors in a short time owing to its good surface area.
Well, when you are done removing the thinset, the entire waste and pieces of the thinset layer need to be dumped in the garbage bag. Doing this task with hands can be dangerous as you might get hurt even with the gloves on.
So, the best way to collect waste in a trash bag is by using a shovel. It takes lesser time and energy.
Other small things needed in order to remove the thinset include the following:
Step By Step Procedure for Removing the Thinset
The points mentioned above is the total overview of how you can easily remove the old set of tiles and thinset layer. Though it is a hassle full job, however, if you know the right kind of tools and the correct procedure, then you won’t face any issues.
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