We are about to redo our kitchen and plan to replace the sheet vinyl
floor covering by hardwood or bamboo (which will also replace carpet in
the dining room and another adjacent area).
How practical is it to reuse part of that vinyl (which is in good
condition) in a small bathroom, assuming that we can pull the vinyl up
without tearing it? On the small area I have tried, some of the backing
remains stuck to the plywood underlay, so what we are able to pull up
will be thinner than it was originally and perhaps of uneven thickness.
Sorry to disappoint you, Al, but I now have an untorn sheet of vinyl
floor covering approx, 9' x 7', which is plenty for the bathroom in
which I am thinking of using it.
The only question now is whether the uneven thickness (where varying
amounts of the backing got left behind stuck to the underlayment) will
be a problem. I suppose I could just lay it flat on the subfloor in the
bathroom and decide whether it feels OK or not.
On Thu, 02 Aug 2007 22:17:20 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Flip it over outside in the sun. Apply flooring adhesive with a flat
trowel to the low spots in the backing and let it bake dry from the
sun. If necessary, so this several times. You should have a fairly
level finished floor after this. Also, scrape off any high spots.
You wont be too happy if there are hills and valleys in it.
Definitely falls in the 'life's too damn short' category, IMHO. If you
aren't too fussy about patterns, and have a couple weeks lead time to keep
stopping by the local flooring places, odds are you can find a roll end you
can stand for under 100 bucks. If the existing vinyl is full glued and not
just edge-glued, the odds of getting an undamaged section big enough are
slim and none.
Unless the original installation job was extremely poor, you will not
be able to pull up enough vinyl in one piece to make a drink coaster,
let alone cover a bathroom floor. It's glued down with some pretty
On 07/19/07 10:40 am email@example.com wrote:
The small section I've tried seems to peel up OK but leaves an uneven
thickness of the backing material attached to the underlay. This is not
a single layer of vinyl directly glued to the underlay but vinyl with
some kind of soft backing material (could be an Armstrong product --
reminds me of what we used in a previous house), so the vinyl take some
of that backing material with it while leaving part of the backing
material behind. The killer as I see it will be the uneven thickness of
the backing and the resulting inability to achieve a smooth enough
surface in the new location.
I would simply plan on buying new. Even if you pull the old stuff up
without damaging it, there will probably be adhesive stuck on parts of
it, and the backing will not likely take new adhesive as well.
If you are looking to go inexpensive, you can often get enough vinyl
tile for a small bathroom on clearance. You can also go to a jobber
or odd lot place. The other option is Re-Store, run by Habitat for
Humanity, if there is one by you.
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