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anikam

11:47AM | 07/08/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
25 lifetime posts
Hi,

I am finally getting Laminate flooring installed in the kitchen. Right now, the kitchen has a Vinyl floor.

The kitchen floor is quite squeaky right now. I don't think the installers are going to take out the existing vinyl. They are planning to lay the laminates over the vinyl.

Can I do something to eliminate the squeaks BEFORE the laminates are installed? I am planning to put some screws in over the vinyl and hopefully the squeaks will stop.

Any other ideas?

PS: I have an unfinished basement, so I can reach the kitchen floor from below if needed.

Thanks

Nick


Floorcraft

10:04AM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
ring shank nails will most likely do it.

anikam

11:39AM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
25 lifetime posts
Hi,

Should I use this right over the Vinyl floor? .. or is it better to take out the Vinyl?

Thanks

Nick

tomh

02:16PM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I agree with floorcraft that ring shank or spiral nails should hold down the floor and prevent the squeeking you hear. You need to drive them through the floor into the joists, which can be hard to find. But you can drive them right through the vinyl. The laminate is installed on a pad, and will not be affected by the vinyl floor. If thickness is a concern, you might check how the floor is built-up. If the vinyl is adhered to a 1/4" underlayment, you could remove it and not have much increase in floor height. that would also reveal the subfloor and make nailing easier.


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