Ripping out vinyl floor to put tiles in kitchen. Vinyl is lightly glued to
1/4" plywood which is stapled to subfloor. Since the luan isn't secure to
the subfloor it has to come out as well. However the vinyl was installed
before the cabinets went in, so the luan extends under the cabinets. What
can I use to cut through the 1/4" next to the toe kicks of the cabinets?
If you do it that way, you can't sell your house. It will never pass
inspection. You need to remove all the base cabinets to get the old
luan out from under them, install new luan, then put the cabinets back.
A dremel or roto-zip with a right angle attachment will fit under the
overhang. Been there and done that.
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A right angle adaptor called a Zipmate for a Rotozip will get it done. The
right angle adaptor let's you cut flush to the face of the toe kick on the
cabinet. I did this the other day at a buddys house. We cut out 3 or 4 vinyl
floors plus the underlayment to get down to the sub floor before laying a
I'd recomment removing as much of the old vinyl and lauan as possible using
other methods. The Rotozip solution doesn't have a depth stop, so you need
to see how deep you are going. That's easier to do with only a few inches of
the old flooring still in place.
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