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Help with vinyl floor prep


I have an old house that I am going to be selling in the spring, and I want to replace the flooring in the small kitchen (floor area about 7 x 10')
Currently the flooring is 12" peel-n-stick vinyl tiles and I am not sure what is directly under them, but I am thinking they might be directly over the 1 x 8 floor boards that run at a 45 degree angle to the 2 x 8 floor joists. The reason I think this is that these 1 x 8's seem to be "warped" - there is about a 1/8" dip between some of the floor boards visible through the tiles (i.e. the floor is wavy). I can see this construction fromthe basement underneath.

Tried screwing the floorboards down into the joists (through the tiles), but the warps seem to occur between the joists. Trying to put a subfloor on top of this would be more hassle than I am willing to put up with, due to the construction of the kitchen cupboards etc. If I was to do this - how thick would the plywood have to be to bring down those waves - or would it?

My question is - can I use some sort of vinyl self levelling compound directly over the peel-n-sticks, or what suggestions have you?

Please keep in mind that I don't want to put too much money or effort into this - if the future owners want to redo everything later, they can!


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