I'd pull up the underlayment and vinyl together, down to the original
subfloor, before I would belt-sand a kitchen full of hardened adhesive
with who-knows-what in it, and dispersing it through the house as fine
dust. Of course, doing that properly would also mean pulling out the
base cabinets. If the kitchen redo is a gut job, no big deal, but if
only the vinyl needs a refresh, and the difference in floor height isn't
a show-stopper, a layer of whatever they sell in your area for overlay
underlayment (and around here, it IS luan, with printed screw marks on
it) is the cost-effective way to go. Back in the stone age, we used 1/2"
or 5/8" particle board as kitchen underlayment, but if it ever got wet,
it was a major pita. Thin plywood, methinks, would stand the occasional
oopsie leaking through a seam much better.
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