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Old 06-09-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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I currently have a wood kitchen floor. It is pretty bad shape and I would prefer tile. However, I've been told that I can't put tile in because I would never be able to get the dishwasher out if needed. Is there a way around this?

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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look at the bottom of the dish washer, look for the feet. are they adjusted out a lot ? or not

if the wood floor is in bad shape, take it out. how thick is the wood floor ?

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Michelle,

When you say the wood is in bad shape, I'm assuming you have a hardwood floor, is that right? If so, you can't leave that in place anyway, it needs to be removed.

If you'll tell us what you've got in detail, we can help. Start with the type and thickness of the subfloor, then what ever is over it.

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Doesn't the wood extend under the dishwasher? If not, the dishwasher should have adjustable feet. If not, then worst case is you can install tile everywhere except under dishwasher.
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You could have your floors refinished. Probably immensely less expensive than changing it out for tile, and it will avoid a ton of potential hassles like subfloor problems (and your dishwasher problem).

My dishwasher is also hopelessly locked into its spot. I guess the counter height was set up for the previous vinyl flooring? And dishwasher heights haven't changed since 1978? I guess I am hoping that when the dishwasher dies, I'll have enough cash to do the countertop replacements we want. Otherwise I'll have to figure something out!
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Sorry for the delay, here are pictures of the sub floor and floor. The wood floor does not extend all the way under the dishwasher however if memory serves correctly the front feet partially sat on the wood floor. Hope this is the info you are looking for to help me. Again thanks for any help!!
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Certainly.... Even if installing tile or wood, just put a maybe 3-4" "transition strip" piece of removable wood (rather than tile) in front of the dishwasher.

Stain it roughly the color of the tile, just put it down with 3 finishing screws. I grout right up to it.... and if I ever have to remove/repair the dishwasher, remove three screws, and just regrout it when replacing the dishwasher.

You'll never notice it if done neatly.
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Has anyone seen or heard of using a Kerdi membrane for a kitchen look instead of cement board? I was at my friends house and they were doing this. Just curious how the tiles would hold up.
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What do you mean by;
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Has anyone seen or heard of using a Kerdi membrane for a kitchen look instead of cement board?
Did you by chance mean to write Ditra?

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They do make a dishwasher that is about 1" shorter. Pricey though. I have mine imbedded in as well. If it dies, I can sawzall it out, or change my countertops. They are 18 years old anyway.
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The hardwood must be removed before tile can be installed---hardwood moves a lot over the heating season and will cause early failure of a tile floor.

Before you go much further in your planning---tell us about the floor structure.

Type of floor joists? Size? spacing? length from foundation to center beam or other support.

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