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EarthtoMel

08:42AM | 12/17/02
Member Since: 12/16/02
1 lifetime posts
I want to replace the carpet in my kitchen (ugh!) with adhesive tile or laminate flooring.
I know I will have to remove the carpet and sand the subfloor, but does anyone have any advice for the easiest method?
I am also on a limited budget, that is why I want to attempt this myself.
Thanks so much!
Melanie

willies all thumbs

05:54AM | 12/21/02
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
Easist way to pull the carpet, if its the type with rubber foam backing glued to the floor is to cut it into strips and pull.
Scrape as much of the left over backing as possible, and clean the small peices with a buffer and sanding attachment. Use #4 open coat paper on the sanding disc

fragasaurus

02:17AM | 12/23/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
93 lifetime posts
Make sure that you lift up every staple and nail off the sub-floor. ANY little imperfection in the sub-floor will show through once you've laid the sticky tiles so make sure the floor is clean. When you lay the tiles use a heavy roller (you can rent) to release air that might be trapped under the tiles. Start from the middle and roll to the outsides of each tile. I used a standard kitchen roller but boy did my wrists hurt for about a week afterwards. Take your time and you will do a great job.

Good luck.



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