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Old 01-20-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Hi,
I am working on my kitchen remodeling and in the demo process I removed the 3/4 plywood which was below the vinyl flooring as taking off that vinyl was so much work. I would rather spend $200 extra on the new plywood than spend 8 hours trying to remove vinyl/gue etc.

Did I do the right thing? The reason I asked is because I have to demo my bath once kitchen is done and it also has vinyl.

All I am trying to figure out is which one is a better approach if time is a big constraint.
1- Spending hours trying to remove vinyl/glue
2- Remove old plywood underneath the vinly and install new plywood (cost 200-300 )
what are pros and cons?
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I'd say you did the right thing. Sometimes vinyl is glued on so well that nothing budges it. No amount of scraping, pulling, tugging, etc. will get it off the subfloor. I've approached it several ways over the years. In some cases, I just install new 1/4" subfloor over the old vinyl and install new. This is fine if you don't end up raising the floor too much. Other times, I have removed the old subfloor AND vinyl with it by cutting it and chiseling it out, basically starting all over with a new slate.

Seeing how you had such a tough time with the vinyl in the kitchen, it's safe to say the vinyl is like that in other parts of the house, namely the bath. I'd rather put down new underlayment and new vinyl rather than fuss with the old and the incredibly sticky glue that's holding it down.
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I suspect you did the right thing. I doubt you would have gotten the remnants off in 8 hours.
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..and I guess the new plywood will make a better floor. It will be more leveled and firm.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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I have not use plywood for subfloors for at least 10 years.
Advantech has a 50 year warranty, no voids, stronger, flatter.
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