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Old 05-29-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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I'm starting to plan a remodel for my laundry room. The current flooring is linoleum glued to the concrete basement slab. I would like to put down porcelain tile over the lino, is that okay to do? Also we were going to run the tile out of the laundry room into the entry way that comes from the garage. There is a small lip where the lino and concrete meet and wasn't sure if that will effect leveling the tile. I've attached a few photos to help show what I'm referring to.
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If possible, strip out the old sheet goods----tile can be bonded to vinyl --however, it is a risky installation.

If the vinyl is a sponge backed one--then it MUST be removed--

Use a two part thinset--Kerabond and Keralastic is a good example of that type---

I do not recommend tiling over sheet vinyl--
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I'm starting to plan a remodel for my laundry room. The current flooring is linoleum glued to the concrete basement slab. I would like to put down porcelain tile over the lino, is that okay to do? Also we were going to run the tile out of the laundry room into the entry way that comes from the garage. There is a small lip where the lino and concrete meet and wasn't sure if that will effect leveling the tile. I've attached a few photos to help show what I'm referring to.
I would check with the thinset manfacturer and the tile manfacturer. I gather you are trying to avoid extra work by not removing the linoleum. I think that you will be better off with a cement backing instead of a linoleum backing.

My father had three layers of linoleum and vinyl tile on his kitchen floor. After we we cleaned out his house I noticed that the top floor tiles had all moved. There were gaps up to a 1/2" between some of the tiles. I surmised that floor layering is not a good thing.
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I gather you are trying to avoid extra work by not removing the linoleum.
Yes that is exactly what I was hoping to avoid. Also the house was built in 1978 so there is a possibility that there could be asbestos in it. If I was able to cover it I could save the cost of having it tested as well as having to be removed.

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Removing asbestos flooring is something you can do safely---no need to 'hire a specialist'--

Keep it wet as you scrape--no dust will be stirred up.
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Yes that is exactly what I was hoping to avoid. Also the house was built in 1978 so there is a possibility that there could be asbestos in it. If I was able to cover it I could save the cost of having it tested as well as having to be removed.

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I am old school. I would just put a mask on and rip it out.
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I am old school. I would just put a mask on and rip it out.
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