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How to Tile Over a Linoleum Bathroom Floor

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    LESLIE: Kent in Montana has a question about flooring. What can we help you with?

    KENT: Hey, I have a couple bathrooms that have linoleum on the floor.

    LESLIE: OK.

    KENT: And I want to tile over them. And a friend of mine told me that I can put some thinset down, wonderboard and tile right on top of that.

    LESLIE: Well, wonderboard, thinset. (chuckling) The other way around.

    KENT: Yeah. Thinset, wonderboard. Well, I’m going to put the – don’t you put thinset down before the wonderboard? Nail it down and then put thinset again for the tile?

    LESLIE: Hmm. When I’ve done countertops I’ve done wonderboard, thinset, then tile.

    TOM: Yeah, exactly.

    LESLIE: I’ve never created like a mud base for it.

    TOM: A wonderboard sandwich. (chuckling)

    KENT: Well, you nail it down, right?

    TOM: No, no. You’re thinking of Wonder Bread. That’s the sandwich.

    LESLIE: You do …

    KENT: Yeah, Wonder Bread. (Tom chuckles)

    LESLIE: You do nail it down or screw it down.

    TOM: Yeah, absolutely. You attach the wonder board, then you put the thinset on top of that.

    KENT: But no trouble going over the linoleum?

    TOM: No, shouldn’t be. There’s no reason to take that up, as long as it’s flat. I would go right over it. There’s really no reason to pull it. Are you doing this in the kitchen?

    KENT: No, it’s two bathrooms.

    TOM: Oh, OK. Alright. Well, no. You’re going to pull the toilet out and you’re going to have to …

    KENT: Right.

    TOM: … extend the drain so that it comes up another half-inch or so or whatever the thickness of that is. That’s something you will have to do.

    KENT: (overlapping voices) Oh, yeah. How do I do that?

    TOM: Well, there’s actually a component for your plumbing system that will extend that.

    KENT: Yeah?

    TOM: That fits inside there. So yeah, but that’s a plumbing repair and that’s something you’ll have to do. Because you have to make up that distance.

    KENT: Man, that’s …

    TOM: Is that more than you counted on?

    KENT: That’s important stuff. That’s important stuff, right there.

    TOM: Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

    KENT: OK.

    TOM: Don’t want to have a leak.

    KENT: No. (Tom chuckles) That’s …

    LESLIE: And then make sure when you’re reattaching that toilet to the floor, Kent, that you don’t over-tighten the screws and shatter the porcelain.

    TOM: Yeah, that’s a bad thing, too.

    KENT: Yeah, I know. I’ve done that before. (Tom and Leslie laugh)

    TOM: You knew that.

    KENT: (chuckling) Yeah.

    TOM: Alright, Kent. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

    KENT: (overlapping voices) Yeah, I want to thank you.

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