I managed to finish tearing out all the highly attractive faux tile vinyl
flooring this week and lay a new sub floor. The sub-sub floor is 5/8"
plywood, before the vinyl was put down, an additional 1/4" layer of ply was
stapled down (1/4" narrow crown staples, a bajillion of them). The vinyl
flooring was then glued down to the 1/4" ply. I used a circular saw to score
through the vinyl and the 1/4" ply in about 4' square blocks, then with a
couple of wrecking bars, I tore it up. I screwed the existing 5/8" ply every
6" on centre to the joists. I then laid an additional 3/8" ply over the
original ply, screwed it 6" on centre into the joists and perimeter screwed
each piece with #8 3/4" screws.
The floor is *ROCK*
solid now. :).
Demoing the cabinets was fun. Since I need a sink for the next little bit, I
had to cut the cabinets out from under the countertop as do not want to
remove it as this point. I managed to cut through the garberator electrical
cord with the 'cip saw (oops), good thing I had the breaker off)
Things that kill me about the quality of the original flooring in this
house, sheets of subfloor that plainly say "This Side Down" face up, duh!
Subfloor is supposed to be tongue and groove so that joints that don't fall
over joists don't "slide" by each other, most of the sheets were not banged
together, or the ply was so crappy that the tongues had broken off years ago
making for major squeakage.
I will lay 3-1/4" wide prefinished red oak strip flooring in the next few
days. Once that is done, time to call the plumber and electrician to do
their work and then I can finally start installing some cabinets! The
cabinets themselves are sitting in the living room (all 20 boxes) waiting
for the face frames to be installed. The FF just came back from the finisher
and I will put them on the cabinets while the electrical and plumbing work
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