06:58PM | 09/23/03
Member Since: 09/22/03
6 lifetime posts
This has been a frustrating experience so far, but I just have one more question...

I pulled up some of my vinyl sheet flooring to check if there was hardwood underneath, and it actually just pulled right up to reveal plywood. I thought I would just pull the entire floor up and see if I could get away with not putting down the underlayment.

Big mistake! As you probably guessed, the floor quickly start sticking to the plywood as I worked further and the wood actually starting cracking and falling apart. So now I'm stuck with a section of floor that is half subfloor and half the bottom layer of the vinyl. This section stops at the edge to the rest of the floor -- so there is 1/8" difference between the intact vinyl floor and the part I've destroyed.

QUESTION: Do I need to remove at least the top layer of the rest of the vinyl to match the thickness of the bad section more closely? Or, can I use leveler to smooth out the 1/8" edge and install the underlayment over that section (with the edge at the middle of the board)?



03:56AM | 09/24/03
Member Since: 09/22/03
6 lifetime posts
It's good to know that you had no problems with just putting a new layer over the mess. Home Depot told me over the phone that I would need to level out the entire area before putting down new boards -- but then my Mom said I just need to level out the section where the old vinyl drops off to where I pulled it all up.

If I go with sheet viynl I'll have it installed -- but that comes after getting a new surface to work on!


08:46AM | 09/24/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
If you can take the height difference, than new 1/4 multiply will be faster and easier. Leveling an entire uneven floor is a matter of trowel, dry, trowel, dry, trowel, dry, sand ,trowel ect.... other than that, you could take a saw, and set the depth to the thickness of the ply wood, and tear it up to install the same thickness plywood. That is as long as the plywood you see is not subfloor, which it probably is not, because subfloor is too uneven to install vinyl over. But I have seen it done.


05:51PM | 04/12/17
I have a wood subfloor and have purchased laminate from Home Depot midgrade (30 year warranty no backing/padding, Hand scraped dark hickory). They have put me into their highest grade underlayment with a vapor barrier and I'm in the sultry south coast and concerned about moisture/mildew just from reading online. Is this a valid concern for me? I really just want a quality underlayment that is going to provide the highest noise reduction and insulation during the winter months. This laminate will be replacing carpeted bedrooms. Just somebody give me a product name I can trust for my application. Thanks in advance!
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