07:19PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 12/25/02
18 lifetime posts
Haven't posted in awhile, but got going on a project and need some expert insight....isn K2 still out there? He always had such good ideas!!!!

The entry way and kitchen floor of the house I bought a year ago was covered in indoor/outdoor (aka utility) carpet.

I finally got sick of it and tore it all up.

Underneath I found a combination of circa 1980 sheet vinyl (mostly in decent shape), but with a very large (6' x 10 ') cement patch in the middle . The cement appears to be laid over the vinyl flooring, at least along the edges of the patch. On one edge of the cement patch the vinyl has formed a significant crack where the floor has settled, so the cement is cracking and breaking away there as well.

All this has resulted in a very uneven floor (though I don't have a level floor in this house, so that is not unusual)

(Guess I know why someome put down carpet in the kitchen!!!)

So I am pondering how to fix this mess? Lay down 1/4 plywood over all of it and tile over that? Use some sortof self-leveling product over the vinyl tile and weird conrete patch??

Jack hammer the whole mess up?

Install carpet again?

What to do??

Thanks for your insight!!

Tracy in Dolores, CO

What to do?


04:08AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 11/07/04
83 lifetime posts
I think you might get away with a 1/4 inch plywood and vinyl on that but that's a crap shoot. Probably the best thing is to tear it all up and start over. If you want ceramic tile remember you need cement backerboard underneath it. Any uneven flooring under ceramic tile is just going to lead to cracked tiles.


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