06:46PM | 06/19/03
Member Since: 06/18/03
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Anyone know of a reasonable way to remove old flooring? I have 2 layers of vinyl on damp pressed board to remove so I can lay new subfloor & congoleum durastone. Any suggestions?


07:29PM | 06/19/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
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the way you take it out is as follows,set your circler saw to the thickness of the underlayment and the two layers of the middle of the floor cut two lines 16" apart,going north to south. now cut two lines,east to west.take a crow bar and pop up that square,you will want to find two things (1) the underlayment is not glued down (2) you did not cut passed the underlayment and in to your subfloor. now if that went o.k. cut up the rest of the floor.cut the underlayment as close as you can to the cabinets,use a utility knife to cut a line at the cabinets,use the crow bar to snap the underlayment to the cabinets,clean up the line with a wood chisel. you are now set to put down your new underlayment.

P.S. you might want to read past posts on durastone they are having a lot of problems with it. good luck

Graham Flooring

03:09AM | 06/20/03
Might I suggest a different underlayment.

I stand by Hardibacker. 1/4"

You can score and snap. And it's invaluable because it will not breakdown underwater.

You can screw it down or even put it down with roofing nails.

P.S. Don't go with the 1/2" unless you really need a strong subfloor. It will work, but you might have a hard time cutting it.


04:53PM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/18/03
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What would be a better choice for a kitchen/dining area? I do not want tile with grout or vinyl. With my family it would get hard wear so I want something durable, but comfortable & easy care. I've also looked at the wood-look laminates. Any suggestions?


05:28PM | 06/21/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
most of the laminate mgf. make a tile look floor,,its on a board that is twice as wide as the wood look,and its about the same what you get is 4 (12" x 12") tiles per plank.home depot has them available as an order item .the problem with the durastone is that 4 corners come together on each side of every tile,that can't happen with a plank. good luck
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