01:12PM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
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I have ceramic tile in my kitchen and we hate it. It's so hard on your feet and very unforgiving. I have just purchased some 3/8" Hartco Hardwood to replace the tile. My problem is I want to take the tile up before I install the hardwood but the tile was installed before the cabinets. Will I have to remove all of my base cabinets to install the hardwood? Can I install the hardwood over the ceramic tile? Please Help!!!


01:50PM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Dan,
First off, take off your golf spikes before walking on the ceramic. LOL Seriously, one CANNOT install hardwood over ceramic. To remove the ceramic, get a tile cutting blade for your circular saw. Set the bevel at 45 degrees and adjust the depth of cut so you can cut under the cabinets. Then remove the ceramic, ascertain that you have sufficient underlayment to support your hardwood and install. If your feet are that sensitive, I believe that the hardwood will not make that much of a difference, other than temperature. This is my opinion only. I am used to harsh flooring due to my insignificant other, ( LOL ) She loves stone. But make sure before you install the hard wood, you use the paper.


02:08PM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
5 lifetime posts
What do you mean "use the paper"?

Also what about the toe kick of the cabinets? I don't think a saw blade willl get all the way under there, will I have to chisle it out the best I can? Also I am assuming (not a good thing to do!) that there will be concrete board under the tile will that need to be removed also?


06:48AM | 02/28/02
Member Since: 02/25/02
14 lifetime posts
I would guess that you could take up the old tile first and see whats left under the cabinents. Ceramic tile will break very easy with a hammer and Chisel. I dont think it will be as hard of a job as you think it will be

Good luck


11:22AM | 03/11/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
You do not need to remove the cabinets. A sledgehammer and chisel will take up the tile. Smash it up. Your wood floor should be thicker than the tile so as to cover up the tile under the cabinets. A little floor trim will cover any discrepencies at the joints.

If you want a "forgiving" floor, you should install a plywood underlayment over your concrete subfloor (assuming it is concrete because of the tile). If you have cement backerboard as the tile underlayment, remove it or install the plywood over it (your discretion). Also, I suggest using builder's felt between the plywood and wood floor for additional softness.

As for "use the paper," I think Iceman was just joking around about his dog's ("insignificant other's") pody habits.



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