Subfloor questions

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Old 04-19-13, 09:52 AM
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I just bought a home a year and 1/2 ago. The kitchen is small 10x10. The previous owners put a peel and stick vinyl which I discovered is not glue or tack down. So then discovered the subfloor, guess what that is not glue or nailed down, I was able to lift some of the 1st subfloor to discover a vinyl flooring under that.
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1. How difficult is to remove the first subfloor I would love to the floor level
2. If the vinyl flooring is in good condition can a lay a floor on top
3. Or is it better to remove the vinyl flooring and then lay the floor on 1st subfloor
4. In kitchen, stove, fridge, washer oh I discovered moving the fridge there was no peel and stick tile on the subfloor, the previous owners just put the tile around the fridge
5. I have no power tools or knowledge in using them, can a handyman do this work or would a general contractor be better.
6. I did get one est of 2,000 which I thought was quite high for a small kitchen

Thoughts!!! Thanks!
 
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Old 04-19-13, 02:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums! What you uncovered was most likely 1/4" luan with the peel and puke tiles on top. Yes, it will probably come up without a problem. It may be lightly glued or stapled.

1) Not difficult
2) What type of floor do you want to lay on top of the vinyl? More peel and stick, no.
3) It is always better to remove everything down to subflooring when you apply a new floor. Again what type floor?
4) That sucks
5) To remove the vinyl, you will probably need a floor scraper which you can get at one of the box store.
6) Not sure what type floor you are planning.

So basically you need to tell us what type flooring you plan on. I would recommend ceramic tile, which is very DIY friendly, and we can guide you through it step by step. In addition we need you to do some homework. Can you tell us what size of joists you have under this area? 2x8 2x10, etc. Then we need to know the spacing between them. 14 1/2" , 22 1/2", etc. Finally, we need to know the unsupported span of the joists as they run across this kitchen area, say from the exterior wall to a beam in the middle of the house. This will help us to tell you what you need to do to prepare for a good solid professional floor that you can do yourself.
 
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Old 04-19-13, 02:25 PM
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I was thinking tile that looks like wood for the kitchen and the bath. I will have to get back to you on the spacing (don't have a clue) same with unsupported span of the joists. Thanks! For now I will pull up the existing peel and stick tile and throw a rug down in the kitchen to cover at least the center of the kitchen or maybe I will just paint the first subfloor. I was able to get a better look at the 1st top floor nope the folks who put it down did not glue, staple or nail the sub floor , hmm
 
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Old 04-19-13, 02:43 PM
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If you want to use the wood look stuff, go to one of the box stores and look at Allure flooring, I believe from Armstrong. It is very user friendly and you can do it over your vinyl, if it is in fairly good shape....no pock holes or missing pieces, etc. Using it you won't need all those measurements I was asking for.
 
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