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Old 04-16-2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Ripped up old tile, left with mortar lines, want to put Allure floating floor down


HI Everyone! First post here. Did a search but I am in a unique situation I think. So here it goes.

I have just ripped up all the old tile in my kitchen. 244' square ft. Under the tile there is linoleum floor, with tons of mortar still stuck on there... GOOD. I am having a hell of a time trying to get it up. I can take off a decent amount but not fully true with the linoleum in parts... I purchased Allure flooring to go down. You know that floating floor from Home Depot. My question(s):
-Can i just slap some luan down
-Can i just put leveler down.
-Should i rip the floor up
-Should i grind the mortar down
-Anyone know any magic

Thanks,

Keegan
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What is the base floor made from? Concrete, plywood, particle board.

other?

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:11 AM   #3
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Allure is going to mirror every flaw.
Louon is an unexcitable subfloor for any flooring.
What have you been using to remove old thin set?
Check to see if that linoleum was laid over 1/4" underlayment. If so then rip it out.
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Looks like 1/2 in ply underpayment over 1/2 in ply. Should I rip it up and try touse something other than allure? Looking for tile look and novice when it comes to most projects. I do learn quickly though and a few of my friends are gifted in construction I can consult with. First home so looking to do all myself
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Is the linoleum you stated was there, glued down to the next layer down?
You need to get down to as near as possible to a smooth level surface as you can, before using the Allure. You might rip out some and then put down new sub-flooring, then go to Allure.
But it needs a smooth under layment to look great.

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I am wondering as well if it is worth taking up the old floor because it is circa 1960 and (probably?) contains asbestos (from just doing internet searches) . I am thinking about putting down some level best and letting it sit overnight. Will that work ok??? I live in northern nh and i cant find any machinery within an hour drive to remove the old thin set/mortar.

alternately, if i wear a mask and use a skill saw can i just cut the floor into sections to remove, then dispose of it? Then just slap down some new plywood and be finished.

Thanks for the Guidance!!!
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Asbestos raises a whole new dilemma.
It needs a testing for asbestos, and if asbestos is present in what form, then you might need an abatement crew, to remove it. Some forms of asbestos can be left alone.

If not, a leveling system would be the best way to get a smooth floor, you will need to raise the baseboards, maybe doors and such.

With anything worthwhile, some times a lot of hassle comes with getting it.

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