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    kginter Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 22, 2006, 12:04 PM
    Removing Ceramic Tile from concrete slab
    I am in th process of removing ceramic tile from my back porch. We are having a pool installed and need the slab scraped clean so they can float it install acrylic deck. I was told by the contractor that the surface needed to be as smooth as possible.

    Removing the tile was not difficult, I was able to pop up without breaking. The problem is the thinset that was left behind. I've been using a chisel and hammer, pick ax, spade, anything I can think of to chip it up. So far, I've been able to scrape up only about 4 square feet. I have approximately 100 square feet to do.

    Any suggestions? Solvents, power tools, etc.

    Thank you.
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    Jan 22, 2006, 02:30 PM
    Contact your local rental center and see if they have any power scrapers. I seen ones where they hook up to an air compressor.
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    Nov 28, 2007, 10:45 AM
    Sounds like the thinset is well bonded. Check with your contractor if you can get away with just doing a new flat skim coat of thinset over the existing to create a surface for him. Other wise you will need to rent an electric chipper/jack hammer to get rid of the existing thinset. This will probably leave behind a heavily pitted surface which your contractor will not be happy with either.

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