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    confused Any tilers out there? A quick question

    A quick question to anybody who has experience in tiling.

    I am about to completely retile my bathroom and I have concrete floors but they have been covered with lino floor tiles bonded to the concrete.

    Can I tile on top of these as they are a real beaatch to get up? If I was to key the surface and then seal with PVA could I then use standard floor tile adhesive?

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    I´m no expert but I think you should remove the current lino tiles.....usually they are bonded (at least in Mexico) with contact glue...so if you apply heat on them (heat gun or iron) you will be able to pull them out in no time.

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    no. they must be taken up m8. if not, the new ones could become unstuck and crack.an old 1" chisel does the trick

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    Quote Originally Posted by blues n twos View Post
    ps... not looking for Ant tilers..... typo :-)
    lol, I had to laugh when I saw the thread title - now sorted for you.

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    No doubt if you do take the old tiles off. You will remove a lot of the plaster from the wall too. That is what I dread when I do work like that in my house.

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    They're floor tiles on concrete Ed.

    As wiggy said you'll want to really remove them. You can tile on top if the lino tiles are in good nick and well bonded, but Sod's Law if you do that some will loosen as you're part way through tiling and mess things up for you! - or even worse after the new tiles are down.

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    would be best to take them up mate, vinyl tiles will start to become unstuck when they degrade over time, then your tiles on top could move and end up getting wrecked
    as said before try heating them up and get a scraper under the edges, they should come up after that
    it may be a ball ache but its best to do it properly so it will last a good while longer

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    We've just had our kitchen floor retiled today. Tiler removed the old tiles (I think the term he used was 'jango') , levelled the old floor with cement (one day to dry) and then laid the new tiles. Missus is over the moon.

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    Was it kango maybe? - as in the chiselling hammer power tool they used to get them up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Was it kango maybe? - as in the chiselling hammer power tool they used to get them up?
    Kango! that's it. I wasn't home at the time but the missus said it made a real racket. The tiler's done a brilliant job, well chuffed although we can't walk on the floor for another 12 hours or so

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