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bemsue

07:06AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
7 lifetime posts
We will be laying hardwood in the kitchen. The current ceramic tile goes under the toestrip but just up to the bottom of the kitchen cabinets. Is it necessary to remove the cabinets to lay the hardwood? We will be removing the tile and putting a new subfloor where it was removed. Thank you.

Floorcraft

07:42AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
you could remove the cabinets if you want.

You would need to buy more wood, and maybe another countertop.

If you have to redo the countertop, and you really don't want to, it may not be a good idea to touch the cabs.

bemsue

08:12AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
7 lifetime posts
Thanks. I will be putting new countertops in eventually but wanted to do the floor first. I am going to paint the oak cabinets or replace them--but didn't want to go through the hassle of in effect "gutting" the kitchen.

Floorcraft

09:03AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Keep in mind, that if you change out the cabs in the future, you will have holes in the floor from where you did not install the wood, that is the biggest advantage to installing under cabs.

if it's a floating hardwood you cannot install under cabs for any reason.


bemsue

09:07AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
7 lifetime posts
I have a fairly small galley kitchen. One wall is all cabinets, with sink, dishwasher and stove. They'll stay no matter what happens. On the other side, there's a refrig and pantry cabinet and other space for a table. I was definitely going to put the hardwood under the refrig and cabinet in case something did get moved on that side of the room. I just didn't want to get into the expense and hassle of removing the cabinets, but it may need to be done in order to get the tile up and a new subfloor laid anyway. Thanks again.

Floorcraft

11:11AM | 03/17/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
it should be totally possible to cut around the cabs to remove, then reinstall a floor, leaving ceramic under the cabs.

I will do it in my kitchen, I dont want to tear up the counter.


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