We got estimates for a new kitchen floor all of which included a rip up of the prior vinyl tiles. When the contractor showed up, he just began laying the thin plywood over the existing tiles. When we reminded him of the rip up he advised against it because it would be messy. We insisted since this was part of the contract and he complied. A few months later we started hearing crackling sounds over some parts of the new linoleum flooring. What has happened is the thin plywood they stapled down after removing the old tiles was now sticking to the old glue and "snapping". It has now spread to many parts of the floor. We are now having some problems with the contracor since he claims he advised us against ripping up the old tile, but not for this reason. After some discussions regarding small claims court he has proposed putting screws throughout the new floor, putting some type of skim coat over that (not sure what but he claims they do it all the time) and then putting new linoleum over that. First, does anyone think this will work and second is it a fair remedy. It seems to me nothing short of a new subfloor will solve the problem. Thanks and sorry for the length.
Dear LIMTJO, First of all, get a different contractor to give you an affadavit after he inspects the work already performed. Explain to him what you've already stated. The IDIOT that performed your job is a FLY-BY-NIGHT, and has no business in that line of work. When I lay a new floor for a customer, I strictly tell my people to glue and screw the underlayment to the existing floor. I also personally check the joists underneath to ascertain if they are sound. If this individual did not do this, then take him to court and sue not only for the price he charged you, but for the cost of the new work. Make sure that all your ducks are in order, have ALL documentation,( no matter how trivial) and if possible, have the new contractor in court with you. Pay him for his time if necessary. I've stopped these idiots in my area. The work this noodle NOW suggests should have been done before the finish. DAMN I dislike fakers. Good Luck, Len
Thanks for your reply Iceman. I am considering my options. I have heard the expression glue and screw alot since. Though I'm not clear on how easy it would be to glue the underfloor on top of the subfloor which was still covered with a lot of sticky glue from the old removed tiles. Also, I assume you have to recess the screws, do you then need to fill each one and with what?The other problem is they installed the floor over a year and a half ago. Betweem the delay in the start of the problem and their stalling, this may hurt me in court. Anyway, Thanks for all your help!
[This message has been edited by LITIMJO (edited January 29, 2002).]