Hi. We removed carpet from our kitchen floor, and there's black
(adhesive?) and yellow (from back of carpet?) stuff on top of the
original vinyl flooring (most likely asbestos). The black & yellow
stuff is of course hardened and uneven.
We plan on putting new Armstrong sheet vinyl down. Is it possible to
put a leveler and then adhesive on the floor as it is, without having
to remove the old adhesive (and expose ourselves to the toxicity of
adhesive removers like Jasco)? If so, can someone make product
suggestions? Thank you.
Dan, thanks for the reply.
I imagine that if we go with new underlayment, I'd still need to level
the existing floor. Can anyone recommend a leveler that would work
with the old adhesive still on top of the original vinyl floor. I was
going to use Jasco floor leveler, but the label said to remove the old
adhesive first, which I'd rather not do.
I'm doing the floor thing myself right now. One thing I noticed about floor
levelers (well, at least Armstrong) is that it is meant to go on 1/8" thick,
and the Home Depot said two coats at most for a 1/4 inch maximum. If you
are trying to correct 1/8" discrepancies here and there, I think the new
underlayment will take care of that pretty well. But if you are looking at
leveling wide areas, the Home Depot guy told me that the leveler should be
used on top of the underlayment and the vinyl bonded to it, because it
doesn't take nails well.
Now in my case, I have a very small bathroom where I'm trying to correct
about a 3'x5' area that is sloping to one corner to the tune of about 3/4 of
an inch. I plan to remodel the whole bath at some point, at which time I'll
rip up the sub floor to the joists and level it that way. But for now, I'm
going to pyramid 1/4" and/or 3/8" underlayment in the area to achieve the
desired level, and then use Bondo for Home repairs to smooth the transitions
between each layer. Then I'll put one final underlayment over the whole
deal. How well will it work? I don't know I just came up with this whole
scheme about a few hours ago after Home Depot closed. So it looks like the
grand experiment starts tomorrow. One thing I do know though is the Bondo
Home Repair putty can take the nails, though a tiny pilot hole with a drill
will probably be in order. It can definitely take screws. The stuff rocks.
Still I'm not positive its a good idea, but my area that needs leveling
happens to be an area where there will be no foot traffic. It's almost
entirely under the vanity. I won't use it across the entire transitions,
but spaced apart in spots no farther apart than floor joists would be. I
might not even need the bondo. At any rate, as a leveler beneath the
underlayment, seems like an option to me in certain situations. It's too
thick to be self leveling, and hardens in minutes, so it depends on the
situation as to how useful it could be. Just something to keep in mind.
And I think you could apply it over the old adhesive.
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