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Old 04-15-06, 05:55 PM
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need advice (Laminate Installation)

i have a concete slab ,that currenty i have cermice tile and carpet over .i want to put down laminate flooring in both areas where the carpet and ceramic is.should i take up the tile.(i do have a air chisal) or leave it down.what do you think?and if i leave the ceramic down how do i make up the height differant between the carpet and tile?thanks again for any help?P.S how hard is it to take the base molding off?of is it better to just put quarter round down?thanks
 
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Bust the tile up, and scrape and grind the mortar off the cement to get it flat. 1/8 inch in 6 feet.

Don't get upset if you break a few baseboards when you remove them.
 
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Old 04-17-06, 08:23 AM
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thanks for the help

how hard will it be to pull the tile up?and how would you grind it smooth?I think we are going to go with the quarter round instead of trying to take up the BASEBOARDS.the tile is about 110 sq feet is what i need to pull up..thanks again
 
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Depends what is hard to you. It isn't called fun, It is called work.
 
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thanks for the replies.i have never taken up cermic tile before but i think thats what i m going to do.Also does any one tell me which laminate is better 7mm or 8 mm or is there a dirrerant on where layer?i have a child and 2 big dogs.Or can you tell me what laminate to stay away from?thanks again for all info you can provide me..
 
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Old 04-20-06, 09:30 AM
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breaking up the tile is a nasty job. wear eye protection & if you've got one, some sort of mask! when those pieces go flying, they'll cut you wherever they hit you. i couldn't handle doing the 4x4 area in front of our front door - i had to have my husband do it.

if your house isn't really old, try to take up the baseboards. if they haven't been glued to the wall by some idiot or painted with a million coats of paint, they should come off pretty easily. go slow & easy. pull with a crowbar or chisel/putty knife tapped gently with a hammer, and once you see where the nails are, pull directly to the right or left of a nail. if you pull in the middle of 2 nails spaced far apart, that's when you can crack it. once you get going, you'll figure out how you need to do it. work your way all along the trim, pulling just a little at a time, move down, pull out a little, move down, pull out a little, and gently work it. don't just try to pull completely out at one spot while the rest is still tight up against the wall. it'll crack.

if you can remove the baseboards & number/label them for proper reinstallment, you'll have a more professional looking floor installation, like it was the original floor. if you just put down some quarter-round, it says 'remodel'.
 
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THanks for all the help!! Does anyone know what kind of laminate to stay away from?i plan on being in the house only a few more years so i m not looking for a long time warrenty.The house was built in 2001.so its only 5 years old.I m staring to take up all my cermice tile that i need to.going tommorrow to pick out the laminate and bringing it home.Any other advice,,Thanks again
 
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without bashing any specific brands, i'll just say stay away from the super inexpensive stuff. if the price seems too good to be true, run Forest run! (i forget the Mod i should credit that to!) buy the best you can afford (or are willing to pay). better quality stuff will be easier to install. if there's an instructional video from the manufacturer, buy it. if there's an installation "kit", buy it. both are extremely helpful for the first timer. and read, read, read this forum!!!
 
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well i did it..i bought armstrong 2-1 advanced underlayment with the tape and also kronotex click lock laminate anyone know or have any prolems with this kind of laminate?thanks again
 
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Help!!!!

well i started to bust out some tile today.got the cermic tile up ok,but having problems with getting all the thin-set up.i have a lot more tile to do and at this rate i ll be doing this for a week,my other choice?if any is to go over area with leaveler cement to make up the differant in height from the remaining tile and the carpet.any opinions and what to use?thanks
 
 

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