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Old 01-11-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Replacing carpet/vinyl with hardwood how to get level?

We are replacing our carpet and vinyl with hardwood through out 3/4 of our house. 2 bedrooms will remain carpet and 2 bathrooms will stay vinyl for now.

I don't want to have multiple levels of flooring. As it sits now we have a single layer of 3/4" subfloor, and the vinyl in the kitchen and entry is laid on 1/2" particle board. What's the best solution to get all the flooring close to the same level? I don't want to have to use reduces between the entry, living room and kitchen.

The engineered hardwood is 3/8" and it will be installed floating. Should I lay another 1/2' of subfloor over the entire house and pull if the existing vinyl? We are doing new cabinets in the kitchen so that shouldn't be an issue.



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Old 01-14-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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So, you need to make up a total diff of 1/4" in kitchen and entry, right?

I used luan in my entry to bring floor up to existing height of surrounding hardwood. I realize that luan is not recommended due to moisture concerns but I glued and nailed it to existing ply then applied leveler followed by peel and stick tiles. So far so good and other than trim that has popped up the area itself is quite sound through all seasons.

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Old 01-14-2010, 09:20 PM   #3
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why not remove the particle board?seems like the easiest way. that's what's messing up your level, right? if you raise the level on the rest of your house, that's gonna cost you(materials). tear out is free, if you do it...
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