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    Kitchen Floor Replacement

    So, I'm starting to remove the parquet flooring in the kitchen.

    What I'm finding is that it's hit and miss. Some tiles come out like they were never glued, and some are glued so tight to the particle board subfloor that the particle board subfloor is coming up with it.

    That's right, particle board subfloor. I guess when this house was built that was the norm.

    I'm going to continue to pull the tiles, as I can't stand them.

    Just wanted to get opinions on if you think I should replace the subfloor as well... I knew this was going to be a nightmare...
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 10-31-2010 at 12:38 AM.

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    On second thought, is there even any reason I need to pull it up?

    The laminate I'm putting down isn't that thick, and won't really raise the surface up that much higher. Only issue I think might be the bottom drawer on the stove. The door clears the laminate if I put it on the parquet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    On second thought, is there even any reason I need to pull it up?

    The laminate I'm putting down isn't that thick, and won't really raise the surface up that much higher. Only issue I think might be the bottom drawer on the stove. The door clears the laminate if I put it on the parquet.
    What about dishwasher removal/replacement? Will it interfere with that?

    Is the particle board the ONLY subfloor, or is it quarter inch thick underlayment, with a plywood sub-floor under it?

    My kitchen had ceramic tile, but when I removed the tile, I found that PB crap under it, but a " ply sub-floor under that, so I was able to remove the PB and lay the laminate directly on the plywood (after I put about five hundred additional screws into the plywood - no more squeaks!).
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    Hmm, Hadn't thought of that. I'll check and see.

    It would definitely mess up the dishwasher removal...

    I did see a lot of flex on the particle board, so maybe it is just a thin layer...

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    If it all fits run it.
    If not quit taken up tiles and go for whole sheet of PB.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    The PB is prolly 5/8" and yes you should put another sub floor down.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Soon as I get done with breakfast, I'll break out a drill and pull a core sample..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    What about dishwasher removal/replacement? Will it interfere with that?

    Is the particle board the ONLY subfloor, or is it quarter inch thick underlayment, with a plywood sub-floor under it?

    My kitchen had ceramic tile, but when I removed the tile, I found that PB crap under it, but a " ply sub-floor under that, so I was able to remove the PB and lay the laminate directly on the plywood (after I put about five hundred additional screws into the plywood - no more squeaks!).
    Jim, You just made my day. Can't thank you enough.

    Went and checked where the carpet meets the floor and sure enough, it goes Parquet, Partical Board, Plywood.

    Guess I need to go get some underlayment before I go crazy lifting stuff up.

    Thanks Chuck too! This is now 'doable'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    The PB is prolly 5/8" and yes you should put another sub floor down.
    Screws or nails to hold down the sub floor? I'll most likely be putting screws into the ply (per Jim) to quiet things down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Screws or nails to hold down the sub floor? I'll most likely be putting screws into the ply (per Jim) to quiet things down.
    I like screwing them down. Ask Rennie to send you down the Senco.
    Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 10-30-2010 at 05:52 PM.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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