Ripping Up Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ripping Up Ceramic Floor TilesA tiled floor often has a mixture of loose and ‘pooh to a blanket’ areas so it can be easy to be conned into thinking these will be up in two shakes. A couple of dozen tiles and it’s getting progressively harder, and then there’s the adhesive and grout. Time to apply a bit of mechanical assistance.All tilers will be familiar with the breaker and tile lifting blade which is pretty back breaking work after more...

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Grinder or Scabbler

Floor Grinder or Floor Scabbler?

Floor Grinder or Floor Scabbler? Shot blasting, floor grinding and floor scabbling are three methods used to prepare concrete surfaces before applying floor coatings or overlays. I want to look at the last two, grinding and scabbling. They are quite different in terms of the equipment used, the task ahead, the process involved, and the results achieved. Floor grinding uses a heavy-duty grinding machine equipped with diamond abrasive discs or shoes to remove the top layer of the surface, typically concrete. This...

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Floor Scraper Hire

Just Scraping By

The three options available are – Grinding – very this layers or resinPCD (scratching up) 1 – 4 mm resin or screed Scabbling – 2 – 8 mm resin, screed or asphaltScraping – lifting up with a blade. There are no fixed rules so the above are very rough guidelines only. The best solution will be dependent upon the consistency, make up and texture of the material that is down as well as its bonding to the base surface. In this article we’re...

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Floor Scrapers

Get it Right First Time

‘This machine just isn’t up to the job!’ Is a cry that we hear all too often.  Rarely there may be a fault with the machine or a problem with the site’s power source but more often than not, when we delve a little bit deeper and ask the operator to describe the job that they are trying to undertake, it is patently obvious that they have got the wrong machine altogether. We are not decrying small machines, they do have...

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Better to Repair or Replace Your Machines?

Across our hire fleet we have a good mixture of both new and old machines. We believe that machines well maintained are more reliable and out-perform badly maintained new ones. Sometimes, we are asked by customers and machine dealers to service and repair equipment they have purchased at ex-hire auctions, and if you saw the state of them, you’d have to feel for the poor guys who last hired them. Too many in the hire industry fail to maintain and just...

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