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Old 08-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Ripping out the tile floor

I replaced my front carpet with laminate and have been very pleased.

My Monaco has tile in the kitchen, hallway, toilet, and bath areas and I am thinking about pulling it out and going laminate throughout. Specifically with cork since I installed about 600 sq ft in the house and really like the stuff.

I am hoping that some of you have done this and am asking if the underlay had to be replaced once the tile was off? In other words, was there too much damage to the underlay that it couldn't have laminate laid on top?
What was the thickness of the underlay?

I have no problem replacing the underlay if I have too but am hoping someone will have some experience to share.


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Old 08-26-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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We had ceramic tile removed in our kitchen area and replaced it and the carpet in the front area with luxury vinyl tile. In order to create a smooth level surface for the new tile a 1/4" plywood underlay was installed on top of the existing OSB. Since the vinyl tile is thinner than the ceramic, the net result was a slight lowering of floor height.

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Old 08-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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You can use some Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty to smooth out any areas that get messed up when you remove the tile. You really don't have to be too careful if you install the cork as a floating floor.
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We used the rotary edge tool and set depth to tile + sub floor and made a smooth cut next to cupbords etc where the tile was coming out. I used a breaker bar and pulled the tile and wood up in one piece. We put new thin sub flooring down and every thing was same level when done. I did not pull tile out of hallway and we put pergo in entire front of rig. Biggest pain was staples under old carpeting...
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Biggest pain was staples under old carpeting...
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