I recently had a quote for replacing vinyl cushionfloor in an basement
apartment, it was mentioned removing it from a concrete floor was labor
Suppose I decide to do the removal myself. Is it really that difficult? As
there anything I could use to help remove it myself?
I'm not a flooring person, but I play one on TV. I'm sure some real experts
will have differing opinions, but this is a 'discussion' group, so I will
discuss my experience.
I replaced my linoleum (I assume we are talking the same or similiar to
vinyl cushionfloor, perhaps not) with good old Home Depot Sticky tiles.
Removing the old floor was not difficult, but time and labor intensive. And
you create a lot of trash, so you need a place to get rid of it. In my case
I found that big sheets of the stuff came up easily on the low traffic
areas, but in the high traffic areas it was stuck pretty well. I bought a
big floor scraper, basically a 6 or 8 inch heavy duty razor blade on the end
of a telescoping pole handle. I think it was about 20 bucks at Home Depot.
Its loaned out or I would give a better description. That helped a lot as it
took me off my hands and knees.
Once you have gone to that amount of labor, you might want to consider
putting down tiles or something yourself. After the floor is clean and any
holes patched (you may be surprised what you find under the old floor) you
will need to lay down a coat of primer, but that is cheap and easy, just
roll it on with a paint roller. The tiles are not that hard to do. Depending
on the amount of floor and amount of things to cut around, you might find it
saves you even more money. This also allows you to work on it a bit at a
time, if you wish. And, I never thought I would say this, but just follow
the instructions on the box. The particular tiles I used are about a buck a
square foot. I didn't pull up any baseboard; I just cut the tile right up to
the baseboard and caulked real good after I was done.
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