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Old 03-11-2012, 07:36 AM   #1
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Decide to help out my mother who wanted her vinyl floor replaced with a hardwood floor. House was built in 1964 and flooring is original. Being somewhat handy, have done a few and they turned out well, told her I could do it. Well as usual things didn't work out so well. Before removing old floor I measured around the two rooms. The existing Toe Kick was 2 3/4" inches and drilled a 1 " hole under the fridge to verify floor composition. 3/4" plywood, covered by 5/8" particle board with vinyl floor on top. Thought all was good. My plan was to remove particle board and vinyl and replace with 3/4" hardwood floor and appropriate roofing paper between. That way the vinyl I am replacing would butt up against the existing flooring in the two adjacent rooms without a dip or bump.

Well now the problem. I had assumed since the Toe Kick was 2-3/4" that the particle board did not go under the cabinets. WRONG Assumption. It does. Tow Kick saw wont work because of the 2 3/4" height. Anybody have any suggestions? I have about 150 feet of this to remove. Also I have been told that Rosin Paper is a suitable alternative to the roofing paper, Is that true, seems a little thin.

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I have run into this and have just removed the cabinets.

If someone has a better idea, I am all ears....

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I have run into this and have just removed the cabinets.

If someone has a better idea, I am all ears....
That is pretty much the only solution.
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A Fein (http://www.multimaster.info/en_us/pr...er-start-plus/) or similar tool will work but it will be time and labor intensive.
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A Fein (http://www.multimaster.info/en_us/pr...er-start-plus/) or similar tool will work but it will be time and labor intensive.

not even close. not enough room, I have tried it before.
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Use a Toe Kick saw.
http://www.craintools.com/fs-specialtysaws.html
Home Depot rents them and Northern tool sells a cheap copy.
It will cut tight to the kick plate and is made to only cut 3/4 depth unless you also order the smaller blade then it will only cut 3/8".
If you turn the blade on your ossalating it will cut out the inside corners.
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Use a Toe Kick saw.
http://www.craintools.com/fs-specialtysaws.html
Home Depot rents them and Northern tool sells a cheap copy.
It will cut tight to the kick plate and is made to only cut 3/4 depth unless you also order the smaller blade then it will only cut 3/8".
If you turn the blade on your ossalating it will cut out the inside corners.
From your source 3 and 3/8's blade. Please explain how that fits in 2 and 3/4" space.....


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I had a similar problem at my own house. NOW I am NOT telling anyone to do this. But this is what I did. I used a dremel with a cut off wheel on it. I had to be very careful because it is somewhat dangerous. Just think of a drill with a 2" saw blade on the end of it, and that is what it was. It worked out fine saved me a lot of trouble taking out my cabinets and re-installing them. I did go through a couple of blades till I got it figured out. Once again this is NOT a recommendation, simply how I did mine. So please no comments about giving dangerous advise as that is not my intention.
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i did that once before bought that little saw blade and for the arbor i used a arbor for wire brush to mount it on drill also wow it was crazy i now use a multi tool
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Thanks for the ideas. Looked at the Toe Kick saws and they wont work because of height. Thought about the Dremel idea when I first noticed the problem, may come down to that but boy will it take a while. Neighbor has a Dremel Multi Tool that he says will work. i have seen it and have my doubts that it will fit but you never know. Removing Cabinets not an option. Hand Built by my long gone uncle when the house was built. They will not come out without destroying them and I don't even want to think about that. Hopefully the Multi Tool will work or else it is a hammer and chisel for many many hours.

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