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Question DetailsAsked on 3/23/2017

How do you remove nature stone that was installed in a bathroom

Nature stone flooring was used inside a house in a bathroom. The house is being renevated at this time.

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Assuming this is over wood sheathing - not a concrete slab. If an overlay on concrete slab, then jackhammer/impact hammer, and you will end up with a real rough concrete surface at the end. I suppose it could be ground off with an abrasive concrete grinding machine with tile/grout removal blade (which used carbide cutting teeth rather than diamonds) - but the smell would be horrendous and probably poisonous as heck, and would most likely for a hot gooey mess on the cutting surface of the machine. Also, that type of machine would be hard to use in the confines of a normal size bathroom because the handles tend to be pretty long (looks like a floor polisher/floor sander but usually bulkier).


Depends on how much other work is being done - if redoing the whole room, usually just jackhammer it out - with an actual jackhammer if laid in real thick, with a pneumatic impact hammer if usual half inch to inch or so thickness. You may actually be able to just fracture it into chunks with a sledge hammer or large hand maul, since you are talking a fairly small area. May need to do a bit of patching of subfloor sheathing where the removal tool gets into it, but if you are careful should be pretty minimal. [Be sure to wear face shield, not just safety glasses, because you can expect profuse flying chips - and protect any glass surfaces which are to stay with cardboard or a draped-over quilt or such.]


Some contractors, especially where you don't want to damage the walls, will go in with a carbide or diamond (depending on stone type) saw blade in a skil saw (or hammer and chisel on small areas) and cut across the room one or two places and also a foot or less from the perimeter to section it, then pull it up in slabs starting in the center, leaving the perimeter parts to last to carefully work them out from the walls and any fixtures which are going to stay. [Requires respirator and good goggle eye protection because of the fumes when cutting by power tool - and good ventilation so the wholehouse does not get permeated with the smell - and have fire extinguisher or some water available in case you overheat the epoxy and set it on fire - not easy to do but I have heard of it happening in cutting synthetic flooring and countertops]

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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