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Old 07-06-2003, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Kitchen floor.

Alright, I have decided that I want to put down a new kitchen floor. The current floor is some sort of vinyl minolieum (Spelling?) and I want to either..remove it and put down a new floor, or put down a sub-floor and a new floor. I'm thinking some sort of tile. Anyone have any ideas as to how difficult this would be? I've never done a job like this and I'm curious as to whether its a task I can take on.
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it depends how well the linolium is glued down...... My house was built in 1929 and the linolium was glued down with some super duper glue invented by the ancients..... if you can get the linolium to come off it's a easy job, you just sand down the floor (APITA) or use floor leveling compound to smooth the floor out......

If the linolium won't come off....... well, that really is APITA! you have to do what I did and pull up the first layer of floor and replace it with new plyboard..... then use floor leveling compound to smooth over the cracks and nail holes....

If you don't care about the thickness of the floor you can always go over the whole floor with 1/4 inch plyboard and then use floor leveling compound.... but that raises the floor and after you tile your floor will have a ledge at the adjoining rooms....

My advice would be to replace the top layer of floor if you can't get the linolium off...... and if it comes off, to smooth the floor with floor leveling compound......

Once you get the floor smoothed out it's just a matter of laying the tile....

The hardest part is picking out the tile!

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Old 07-06-2003, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Another thing...... laying tile isn't hard, you just have to be careful and get the first line of tile straight..... once that first line is straight the rest will fall into place, the hardest part for a beginner is cutting the tile.. (for around the edges and places a full tile won't fit) just rent a good cutter and you won't have any problems...... except a few ruined tiles!
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Old 07-07-2003, 04:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The absolute best place I've found for tile info is at this place:
John Bridge forum

There are several pro's here besides John himself, and they will bend over backward to answer your questions.

To give a quick and dirty answer, if you have cushioned flooring, it MUST be ripped up. Otherwise you could run new overlayment over it if the total height isn't too much as someone else already pointed out. There's more details to be determined though like what kind of tile, the span of the floor, and the deflection of the floor. For instance natural stone can't be used without reinforcing the floor in most cases. It's not that the floor will collapse, but that the floor will flex too much and crack the stone.

Check out the forum above. Great place.
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Great Information folks. Thanks a lot.
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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laminate

have you looked at laminate? it is really easy to install and you might be able to put it in over the linoleum if you put down thin plywood first.
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