Removing Obstacles Before Laying Floor Tile

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 Removing the baseboards before laying floor tile may seem like an extra chore that you can avoid, but in the long run, once their out of your way you'll be glad you did

When you remove baseboards and shoe moldings, you are giving yourself a 1 to 1 1/2 inch buffer around the perimeter of your room.It can make for a more professional floor tile installation.While laying floor tile If you should wind up with short crooked or awkward cuts to the ends of your floor tiles that will be laid up against the wall,


Baseboards and shoe moldings will make them disappear. If you're careful removing your current baseboards you can reinstall the same baseboards after your floor tile installation.




Removing Baseboards



1 Cut Paint And Caulk

Cut through paint and caulk using a sharp utility knife, along the seams in the area where your baseboard meets your wall.




2 Pry off Your Baseboard Before Laying Tile


Be sure to wear your heavy duty gloves and goggles.

Work your flat bar behind the baseboard and pry it away from the wall. Keep moving the bar down the wall while wiggling the board loose. Use a shim behind the flat bar to protect the wall.

Do not put too much pressure on the wall unless you feel a stud behind it. Once you've removed the baseboard mark the back of it so, you will know where they go when you are ready to reinstall them.



Remove The Nails

Use a tile nibbler to pry all the nails from the backs of the baseboards. They should be finished nails, so they should come right out.

Put your baseboards in a safe place until you are ready to reinstall them. Use either a claw hammer or tile nippers to remove any stray nails from your wall, while being careful not to damage it.






Removing Thresholds Before Laying Floor Tile


Thresholds are usually on the floors across doorways. They are the separator between different flooring materials or rooms. Threshold materials can be stone, wood, or metal.

You will need to remove them to remove your old floor tile installation, and also for laying your new one.

To take out a marble threshold Insert your demolition bar between it and the tile. Pry it upward. It will crack in the middle, and allow you to pull it out from under the doorstops.

For a wooden threshold simply cut across it with a hand saw or demolition saw, and it should quickly come out with some help from the bar.

Metal thresholds are screwed in so you should only need to unscrew them.



The Hassles of  Radiators When Laying Floor Tile


When laying floor tile around electric radiators, you can tile around the baseboard cover. Start by removing all of the end caps and face plates from the baseboard radiator. If the pipe has some give to it. Unscrew your baseboard from the wall and set it aside for later when you reattach it over your new floor tile installation.

If the plumbing is too tight to lift 1/2 inch, just bring your new floor tile installation as far under the electric radiator as you can.  And you can replace your face plates and end caps once you've completed your new floor tile installation.
You may have to cut the end caps shorter by using a pair of tin snips.

If you have the old fashioned radiators as I do, it would certainly make your floor tile installation much easier and neater if you could just temporarily remove it. Unfortunately, we'd have to bring in a plumber to disconnect it and then reconnect it after completing the new floor tile installation.

Instead, you can tile around them, by making cuts to tiles as precise as possible around pipe penetrations and the radiator feet. Depending on how good the job turns out, You may want to think about adding a radiator cover to hide the evidence.


Now that your done removing your baseboards and threshold, You can move on to creating your tile reference lines.




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