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  1. DoubleuXYZ

    DoubleuXYZ New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Midlands
    Hi

    Im trying to prep my bathroom for a re-fit, but am struggling with takin up the old tiles and floorboards. The tiles just chip in small peices, and the floorboard screws are impossible to get too because of the glue used on the tiles.

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    I’m running out of patience... can anyone give me advice on how I should be doing this?

    Thanks

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  2. Perfect Tiling

    Perfect Tiling Active Member

    Location:
    Elgin. NE Scotland
    Welcome to the world of a tiler. I tend to use my SDS drill on chisel action to break up the tiles......then you can cut and lift up the floorboards....its a pain but worth it to get it right. Before you put down the new boards fix in some extra supports between joists to firm up the floor.
     
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  3. DoubleuXYZ

    DoubleuXYZ New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Midlands
    Ok, I'm glad my pain is recognised, I'm going to up away the hammer and use a proper drill on it.

    Thanks
     
  4. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    On a side note, PTFE tape on the threads of compression fittings doesn’t help to seal them, the joint is made via the olive and a bevelled edge on the fitting. The thread is a means of attaching the nut so that the compressing of the olive can take place.
     
  5. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    Try one of these?

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  6. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    I took on a young lad who was a qualified plumber on paper but had not got a single days on site experience, he was taught to put PTFE on all compression joints by his tutor.
    When questioned about the tutors plumbing experience, apparently he started out plumbing and soon after moved into site management where he stayed until the housing crash around 2008 so decided to move into teaching.
    It took a while to undo some bad habits.
     
  7. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    I thought a couple of wraps of ptfe on the actual olive helps? Especially brass olives which seem harder than copper. Or have I also been taught bad habits?!
     
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  8. LEH

    LEH Active Member

    Location:
    Oxford
    When I did my bathroom, I did my compression fittings without anything at first, not too tight. If they weep nip them up bit by bit until it stops. If that’s still not working and you’re getting fed up, a bit of jointing compound or ptfe on the olive. Only one or two needed it in the end this way.
     
  9. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    No need for the PTFE, just put the nut on pipe followed by the olive, wipe a small amount of jointing compound around outside edge of pipe and slide into fitting.
    The jointing compound helps seal the olive into the fitting and also stops the nut from binding on the fitting.
    I only ever use PTFE with compound on male threaded fittings such as rad valves etc.
     
  10. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    There’s nothing wrong with PTFE around the olive but around the thread of a compression fitting serves no purpose whatsoever.

    My apologies if it was done round the olive.
     
  11. DoubleuXYZ

    DoubleuXYZ New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Midlands
    That was all the old plumbing, but good to know about the PTFE take not helping on compression screws. I guess its important on radiator/bathroom fittings and stuff where you are just relying on metal/metal tightness
     
  12. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Highland
    Aye, SDS cranked bolster bit,to lift tiles, cut and lift flooring. Additional dwangs (noggins) at perrimiter walls.
     
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