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Old 04-30-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Want to install laminate hardwood but......


After lifting a section of carpet that is against linoleum flooring in the kitchen it appears that there is 1/4" plywood that the linoleum is attached to. The carpet is only attached to the particleboard subfloor. The cabinets in the kitchen are also on the 1/4" plywood.

Would I be correct in my assumption that the best way to install the laminate hardwood flooring would be just to add 1/4 plywood throughout the rest of the floor in order to level the whole surface then install the laminate over that?

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Old 04-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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Level does not equal flat. Flat does not equal level. You need it as flat as crack addicted bolemic stripper.

Are you looking to remove the carpet and install the laminate where the carpet & linoleum are and want to use 1/4" plywood to make up the difference between the 2 surfaces? If that is your goal it won't work. In the one room you have 1/4 " underlayment and linoleum, the other room has just the sub-floor. If you ad 1/4" underlayment to the carpeted area it will still be lower due to the linoleum.

Recommended solution: Take up the linoleum and 1/4" underlayment, make sure the floor is flat and level to within manufacturer's specifications then lay your new floor.

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That would be the simplest solution---removing the old stuff is ideal---flooring sandwiches have some problems--but it sounds like you may be fine leaving it---
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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Level does not equal flat. Flat does not equal level. You need it as flat as crack addicted bolemic stripper.

Are you looking to remove the carpet and install the laminate where the carpet & linoleum are and want to use 1/4" plywood to make up the difference between the 2 surfaces? If that is your goal it won't work. In the one room you have 1/4 " underlayment and linoleum, the other room has just the sub-floor. If you ad 1/4" underlayment to the carpeted area it will still be lower due to the linoleum.

Recommended solution: Take up the linoleum and 1/4" underlayment, make sure the floor is flat and level to within manufacturer's specifications then lay your new floor.

I am looking to remove both the carpet and the linoleum and put down laminate hardwood throughout the entire downstairs floor. The linoleum is only glued around the edges and a few other spots, so it seems like it is going to come up pretty easy. The concern with removing the 1/4 plywood from the subfloor in the kitchen is the fact that all the cabinets and appliances are sitting on top of it.
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If your only edge glued then you should be fine pulling the laminate, removing any residual glue and just making sure it's flat and adding in the 1/4 in the carpeted area.
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