Join Australia's most dynamic and respected property investment community

Slate flooring removal – WHAT A NIGHTMARE!

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by robbie_p, 14th Nov, 2015.

  1. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    22nd Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    411
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Hi All,

    Well today someone was scheduled to be at my house this morning and start removing the 40sqm of slate at my house.. Guess what? He didn’t show up!

    Off to Bunnings I went to buy an Ozito 1500W SDS Rotary Hammer Drill. I removed 9sqm in our dining area in about 4 hours, but I didn’t realise how much dust it made! It even seemed to get through closed doors! It just seemed to linger and eventually settle somewhere noticeable. If I disliked my slate floor, after removing a small portion.. I DESPISE IT NOW!

    I am going to try get this guy in tomorrow, but if not, ill keep chipping away myself. If I do, I must just be more prepared (dust wise).

    Is there anything I can do to minimise the dust while taking up the slate?

    With regards to removing the slate.. some tiles popped off nicely, other crumbled.. very frustrating when they did!

    Also, after removing the slate, it was still quite rough and uneven (see pics).. will the grinding down give a much better outcome?

    At this stage.. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers,
    Robbie
     

    Attached Files:

    • 1.jpg
      1.jpg
      File size:
      22.9 KB
      Views:
      53
    • 3.jpg
      3.jpg
      File size:
      26.3 KB
      Views:
      51
    • 4.jpg
      4.jpg
      File size:
      27.3 KB
      Views:
      51
  2. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    4,943
    Location:
    Sydney
    No idea myself but surely there's good info on youtube?
     
  3. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

    Joined:
    21st Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,347
    Location:
    4/136 The Parade Norwood, South Australia
    slate is a nighmare to remove - I have it all over my house - hate it!
    I've seen people lay other flooring right on top of it. I'm not a licensed trades person so no great tips here sorry, just making a comment and yes I feel for you :(
     
  4. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    19th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    625
    Location:
    WestOz
    That's what I'd do...

    Did you smash it with a sledgy first?
    Yours may not have wire but the concept should work, either way its a bugga of a job



    Big job to bring that surface back smooth, what's replacing it?
     
  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,579
    Location:
    Sydney or NSW or Australia
    Hire a kango or bosch breaker - use a spade bit
     
  6. Brian84

    Brian84 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    961
    Location:
    Sydney
    image.jpg Not sure if you can hire one of these from somewhere but it looks like it would work better than a jackhammer
     
  7. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    22nd Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    411
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Ill see how i go this weekend with my hammer drill, but ill try give the tiles a sledgy as well as attaching a vacum to my drill..

    Are you able to have some sort of "thing" that can run and suck up the dust that lingers in the air?
     
  8. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,385
    Location:
    Somewhere in the land of Oz
    Crack a beer and get the guy around to finish it!

    Water will keep the dust down, get the hose on a very fine spray, you dont want to flood the place.
     
    KayTea likes this.
  9. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    22nd Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    411
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Next weekend Ill look at hiring a "bigger tool" on a trolley :)
     
  10. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    22nd Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    411
    Location:
    Adelaide
    I have had a good few beers to calm me (and the wife) down!

    WOW.. what an experience!

    Any advice on what grinder i should use to get the surface as "smooth as a baby 's bottom"?
     
  11. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,385
    Location:
    Somewhere in the land of Oz
    The dust might kill your vacuum, the dust of finer than regular house dust. Goes through the filters and game over
     
  12. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,385
    Location:
    Somewhere in the land of Oz
    Tape up all doors and entries with plastic to.

    The bigger tool will eat it up
     
  13. rhinsor

    rhinsor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    439
    Location:
    Perth
    Hire a jackhammer from bunnings or just buy one they are about $300.
     
  14. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

    Joined:
    14th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,112
    Location:
    Sydney & Adelaide
    I rented the trolley mount jackhammer from kennards when I took 90sqm of tiles with 30mm screed up. Took a day and a bit, then another day to get the leftover screed off with a grinder.

    Filled a 4 cube skip, near killed me but it came up good :)
     
    JenW likes this.
  15. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,962
    Location:
    Brisbane
    What about instead of trying to grind down the slab, you use a self-levelling product?
     
    bob shovel likes this.
  16. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,385
    Location:
    Somewhere in the land of Oz
    Yep! Especially if your going to tile
     
  17. Johnny Cashflow

    Johnny Cashflow Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    742
    Location:
    SA
    I would hire one of these like I did from Kennards.

    Floor stripper. Cost 150 for 24 hours

    I used it to remove Lino. Buts it made for tiles aswell. Hold on your in for a shaaaakkkkyy ride
    image.jpeg
     
  18. Vixs

    Vixs Member

    Joined:
    18th Sep, 2015
    Posts:
    18
    Location:
    QLD
    We had similar flooring at our place. I did the removal myself with a jackhammer and a spade bit, but not all the tiles came off easily and we butchered the slab a little. The tiling glue/cement mix also didn't come up easily. We had the flooring prep guy come in and grind it down using a 9inch grinder with a diamond wheel as it was the only way to get it done in a reasonable time. It was 9 hours work for him and he was working his ass off. The neighbours in the building across from ours were not happy with us by the time our kitchen was finished...

    Importantly, what flooring is going down where you've pulled the slate up? Our guy recommended a self-levelling mix but ended up needing to do without it as we were pushed for time. He said he'd give it another coat to really smooth it off had we given them another 48 hours, but the kitchen came up beautifully with timber-look vinyl.

    It was a hard job and one I decided I'd pay someone to do next time.
     
  19. Vixs

    Vixs Member

    Joined:
    18th Sep, 2015
    Posts:
    18
    Location:
    QLD
    Re: the dust - plastic dropsheets and tape all the other rooms off. The dust was EVERYWHERE and gets in everything. The part that took me the longest was letting the dust settle as I didn't have a proper respirator mask and those crappy dust masks don't work so well when they're saturated with sweat.
     
  20. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    5,385
    Location:
    Somewhere in the land of Oz
    P2 mask minimum