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kt82 11-18-2012 08:34 PM

Linoleum flooring adhesive
What did you 'ole timers' use to adhere linoleum to 1x8 T&G flooring
did you use a special adhesives at the joints?
all the sheets I have seen are 6' wide

rusty baker 11-18-2012 09:52 PM

Not a DIY project. Lino takes a special tool to cut seams. Need a lot of training to install. We used lino paste. Not supposed to be glued to plank flooring either. Needs underlayment.

joecaption 11-19-2012 08:14 AM

Without an underlayment every flaw in the floor below is going to show.
Before the underlamnet goes in you should be adding 2, screws to every place the old boards are touching the floor joist or there going to move and squeck.
Depending on just how bad the old boards are will decide how thick a the subfloor needs to be.
Underlayment needs to be underlayment rated, meaning no voids in the plys, ext. glue, all knots filled and sanded.
It gets attached every 4" on the edges and 6 to 8" in the field with ring shank underlamnet nails or screws. All flaws and seams get filled.
If your only seeing 6' wide linolium then your looking at the wrong thing. Sounds like the super cheap not worth installing "reminents". There paper thin, color does not go all the way through.
Quality linolium comes off of 12' rolls.
Your going to need a toothed trowel to apply the adhesive.

rusty baker 11-19-2012 10:52 AM

Actually Joe, most real lino is 6' wide. Most vinyl is 12'. We used a special tool that undercut the seam and a different adhesive under the seam in the old days. Most lino nowdays is heat seamed.

joecaption 11-19-2012 11:01 AM

Good to know, that's why your the real flooring guy. :)

JazMan 11-19-2012 08:15 PM

Hey Joe I also disagree with your comment about the width and quality of lino & sheet vinyl.

The good heavy-duty sheet goods is available no wider than 6', can't make it wider cuz it's too heavy and too brittle. There are many good quality sheet vinyls that come 12' wide, but they do not compare to 'inlaid' goods.

In the real old days they used to install tarpaper over plank t&g subfloors. I've even seen newspaper used in a pinch.:eek:

Seams for linoleum and inlaid vinyls were usually made with an underscriber, although some guys would cut off excess and butt. Vinyl seams are overlapped, matched and double cut.

By the's not louon, it's either luan or luaun, both are correct spelling but incorrect as far as using it for floors as you say. :laughing:


kt82 11-20-2012 07:14 AM

I just posted because it was stuck to the flooring so bad I covered it with a cement board
My question( which I didn't ask ) was if the lino was porous enough to set the cement backer with thinset and screws
or just use screws?
The substrate is 1x12's diagonal with 3/4'' fir plywood nailed on top of that ,then the linoleum
To be 60 years old the the linoleum looks great .Was it a high $ item in the 60's?

rusty baker 11-20-2012 12:06 PM

CBU always needs thinset under it.

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