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Tina Marie

07:46PM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 04/15/03
2 lifetime posts
We would like to install ceramic tile in our kitchen.
1) Currently we have a 3/4" plywood subfloor and a 1/4" wood board (appears to be plywood not particle board) on top of the subfloor. Our tiled bathroom floor seems to have the same base, which was installed by the builder. On top of the base in our kitchen is a linoleum floor.
2) Our dishwasher has about 1/2" space on the leveler and if the leveler was completely removed would provide approx. 3/4".
3) Tile selected at this point is approx. 3/8" thick with a rating of 4.

1) What options do we have for installing a tile floor, i.e., over the linoleum floor, etc.? What is the best option?
2) Is removing the levelers a viable option? Levelers seem to be at different heights.
3) Should we remove the cabinet kick plates (not sure if this is the proper terminology)before installing the tile and cut them to size after the tile is installed?
4) Should we remove the floor moulding completely before doing the floor?

When I first looked at the dishwasher I panicked thinking there is no way we could install a floor and be able to remove the diswasher, but after reading messages posted I saw that it could be done but may not be easy.

I appreciate any assistance that can be provided.



05:07AM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
You cannot install ceramic over linoleum. And even if you remove the linoleum, the floor might not be inflexible enough to handle ceramic. The slightest flexing of the floor will cause the grout to crack. You might need additional material, such as concrete board on the floor to support ceramic.

willies all thumbs

01:03PM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
the dish washer should be attached to the underside of the counter top enough to support its weight. the levelers are adjustable, they can be raised by turning them.then slide the ceramic under the front of the dw as you come to it. when the tile cures, screw the levelers down.dont use it without them it wont be stable

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