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Old 08-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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Subfloor under kitchen tile

Well, it was too good to be true. Tile in the kitchen came up very easily....but when I went to remove the subfloor so I would have a level surface throughout the coach, it appears to be glued to the underlying plywood. I've removed all staples and a couple of screws I thought were holding it in place. I started to pry it up by it sounds like it's ripping to pieces and I'm not sure if it's the underlying plywood or the subfloor the tile was on.

My question, to anyone who may know...just how much damage am I going to do to that plywood as I pry this stuff up?

If anyone has any tips, tricks, suggestions....I'm all ears.
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I would call Newmar repair center for their feed back as to how to proceed, sounds like you maybe removing layers of subfloor beneath the tile panel subfloor.
The tile base floor may crumble also in lifting.
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Looks like OSB (orientated strand board) not plywood. The way OSB is made be a problem when you try to remove the tile backer. It may pull apart in big chunks.

Oriented strand board (OSB), also known as sterling board, sterling OSB, aspenite, and smartply in British English, is an engineered wood particle board formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands (flakes) in specific orientations.
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One way to deal with it would be to lay underlayment on the rest of the floor to level it up. The downsides would be more material expense and more weight.

Another option would be to use a multi-tool to cut the underlayment from the subfloor. Use an attachment that has saw teeth on the end, lay it flat on the subfloor, and cut between the subfloor and the underlayment. Since your cut would be limited to the length of the blade, you would then have to use a circular saw set to the thickness of the underlayment to cut away the material you just cut with the multi-tool, then start all over again. It would be a slow, tedious process because you would be only cutting away only about a 2" wide strip at a time.
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Don't know what you're trying to achieve, but no way would I try that. Is the OSB covering your slide? What are you wanting to put down for flooring?
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you need to hold up your going to destroy the sub floor and \\\\
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:31 PM   #7
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I haven't done anything else yet. I'm putting down wood grain linoleum planks. Just bought a blade for my multi-tool designed to remove (cut) adhesive between layers of flooring. But before I do anything, the folks who are actually going to lay the floor are going to look at it. They say this is not uncommon for them to see in RVs.

Also, I noticed there is linoleum sticking out from under the kitchen cabinets (and inside them on the floor --- never paid attention to that before) when I removed the carpet. Perhaps there is more, originally intended for the kitchen when first built, under the tile backer at some point? That would make it easier to remove...once I got to that point.
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OK, so the answer to removing the tile subfloor was to 'rip' it out. Amazingly, there was very little damage done...the pictures look worse than it really was. The guy who removed it had past experience with this type of installation. They followed it up with some type of float material, that remains pliable, to smooth everything back out. In fact, they put float on most of the living room floor. I can't remember the name of the material, but will ask when they come back tomorrow. Aside from that, they finished the carpet work. Vinyl plank and quarter-round will be installed tomorrow.
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Looking good Roger nothing like having people in the know.
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Getting close....please excuse the mess. Now, we just need the new sofa sleeper and booth dinette to come in and we're done....for now!
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I could have installed planks on the slide, also
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