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How to remove old vinyl tiles?

I have a layer of old, crumbly and very sticky vinyl tiles that I need to remove to bring the old tile back (see picture). What is the best way of removing these? Bonus question: How do I get the ...
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How do I repair a nick in vinyl floor?

We had some recent work done on our house and it appears that one of the workers nicked the vinyl flooring in the kitchen -- resulting in a circular gash about 3/4 inch wide. Here's a picture: ...
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What's the easiest process for cutting bathroom flooring tiles to fit complex door trim?

I'm going to be laying in some fairly heavy-duty vinyl bathroom flooring tiles (similar to the Armstrong Caliber product, although I'm not sure it's actually that brand). The bathroom has some tough ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for vinyl sheet flooring?

I'm planning on replacing the carpet in my dining room with a vinyl sheet flooring. I know I need to get the carpet, padding and any staples/debris cleaned up before laying the vinyl, but do I need ...
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How Is “Super Laminate” flooring installed?

I recently learned about AABSO "Super Laminate" flooring (aka Vinyl flooring planks). It seems to have some advantages over standard laminate flooring when it comes to moisture resistance so I'm ...
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Laying Vinyl Flooring Over Uneven Poured Concrete

I am trying to give my basement floor an update, and I have purchased a click and lock vinyl floating floor. The existing poured concrete has some raised areas (where the concrete was clumpy and not ...
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How was this subfloor cleaned?

I'm replacing the floor in my bathroom, which was previously a vinyl sheet. Prior to that (and I think original to the house, built in early 70's) it was some peel and stick-type tiles, except they're ...
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How do I make seams in vinyl flooring look good?

and thank you for all the help so far! This place is great! Can you help with this? I really blew it when I cut my vinyl floor in the kitchen. So to "fix" it I made cuts along the grout lines in ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
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Should I remove vinyl flooring before laying down hardwood?

I'm putting hardwood floors in my kitchen and living room, which next to each other. The kitchen has vinyl flooring, so it is slightly higher than the living room, which has carpet on subfloor. I ...
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How can I prepare slightly uneven tiled floor for vinyl 'planks'?

I recently bought some very nice vinyl planks for reflooring our kitchen. It was only when I got home that I noticed it said they have to be installed on 'flat, smooth' surfaces. Our kitchen is ...
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What is the best flooring for my basement?

I live in Michigan, where humidity is fairly high. I have a 70 pint dehumidifier that works great. I also have a sump pump and water powered backup sump pump. I am looking to floor my basement ...
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Vinyl tile installation over a concrete basement floor with moisture

I would like to put some sort of flooring over part of my basement. Something with the look and simple installation of an interlocking garage tile (example) would fit the bill -- this isn't a living ...
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How do I roughly cut linoleum to room width?

So far I had to replace linoleum twice and each time it was a room of something like slightly-more-than 3 meters by slightly-less-than 3 meters. Linoleum is usually cut to length at a shop and then ...
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The vinyl plank click flooring I installed in two rooms develops gaps at the ends between the two rooms. Can I glue the ends together in this area?

I installed this click plank flooring product in two rooms, as a continuous run. It is a floating floor. Between the two rooms is a short narrow corridor about 4 feet wide by 3 feet long. The subfloor ...
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Do vinyl planks need an expansion joint between rooms?

I'm installing about 1,000 square feet of Trafficmaster Allure Ultra vinyl plank flooring. The instructions say to leave a 1/8" perimeter gap but do not say anything about an expansion gap at a ...
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How do I adhere vinyl sheeting to carpet?

We foster puppies on a regular basis and in order to protect the carpet I am looking to cover a section of their room with vinyl sheet flooring where their pen is located. I thought about vinyl ...
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How can I conceal a gap between a wall and newly installed vinyl flooring that I cut too short?

I cut my new vinyl flooring too short, causing a gap at one wall. How can I cover it up?
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How should I install flooring over fresh concrete?

I have fresh concrete poured in my basement. Planing to use Metrofloor Engage Select vinyl plank for most of the floor. Contemplating ceramic tile for the bathroom if vinyl is not good enough for ...
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What grade of plywood should we use as subfloor under VCT tile?

What is the preferred grade of plywood we should use as a subfloor underneath commercial-grade Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) tile (not vinyl peel & stick tile).
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How to make vinyl flooring stable in bathroom?

In my bathroom I've put vinyl flooring on top of some sort of underlay but the vinyl is moving and creasing a lot: Here's what is underneath, a blue underlay and then the wooden floor under that: ...
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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How do I get vinyl tile off of plywood flooring?

I am in the process of removing vinyl tiles off of a cheap plywood looking floor in my bathroom. I am not sure how long they have been there but it's not just the adhesive I am having a problem with. ...
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Can I glue vinyl flooring to my bathtub's side panel?

We’ve just bought our first house, and obviously have very little money at the moment. The bathroom is horrible and we’d like to make some small changes to at least make it look slightly nicer. As ...
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How can I remove bubbles in a newly laid linoleum floor?

We laid linoleum using glue but did not use a roller. It is bubbled all over. Can a roller be used after 8 hours and glue has dried? Will bubbles stay??
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What is the best type of underlay for vinyl flooring?

I want to install vinyl flooring in my bathroom. Someone in a DIY shop told me that vinyl flooring requires hard underlay like 1/4 inches plywood. If vinyl flooring sits on top of carpet underlay, ...
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Would vinyl plank flooring allow liquids to leak through?

I'm looking to replace carpet on an upstairs bedroom and was thinking about going vinyl sheet (12' x whatever I need) to avoid seams. I need to have a hardwood look (requirement from the missus). The ...
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Cheaply repair burnt / melted vinyl floor

I left a pot on the stove too long, and it melted the aluminum drip pan. When I removed the hot pan from the stove, the liquified aluminum dripped onto the vinyl floor, melting it in several spots ...
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How do I remove a stair tread under linoleum without damaging the linoleum?

I'm replacing some old 1970s railing in between my kitchen and family room (there's a step down into my family room.) I ripped that out and exposed what looks like a stair tread that was ripped down ...
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Is grout required when installing luxury vinyl tile flooring?

My wife and I are redoing two bathrooms. My wife hates ceramic tile due to mold issues here in the South Eastern US and generally not liking the grout which requires frequent cleaning and resealing. ...
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What can I do with vinyl tile where the floor edge is open, like at a descending staircase?

I'm thinking of installing vinyl tile in one floor of my house, but I have two places where the floor does not meet a wall, for example, where a staircase begins to descend. What sort of elegant ...
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I noticed this spacing on floor behind stove, seal it?

I noticed this spacing behind the stove, on the floor between wall and floor. Is this normal? Should I seal it with something?
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How can I install ceramic tile over vinyl tile?

I'm trying to install ceramic tile in a friend's bathroom, appox. 45 sq ft. The current floor in the bathroom is vinyl squares over the base cement. There is no subfloor or anything like that. The ...
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Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?

I am about to tile my bathroom floor, and a friend pointed me to this Luxury Vinyl Tile Basically, I'm wondering if the money savings, and ease of installation will hurt me in the long run when I go ...
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How can I repair damaged vinyl flooring over sheet rock?

While moving a new washer and dryer through our bathroom and into the attach laundry room, the moving guys made several silver-dollar sized chunks of damage to the bathroom floor. The damage is ...
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Groutable vinyl tile in a laundry room. Is it a bad idea?

I'm going to put new vinyl tiles on top of old sheet vinyl floor, in a laundry room. My wife wants to use what's called Luxury Vinyl Tiles, which have a rounded edge and are groutable. There are ...
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Is peel and stick vinyl tile flooring really waterproof?

I am installing these tiles in a bathroom mainly used my youngsters in a bath. When they inevitably splash water on the floor won't the seems in these tiles allow the water to pass through. I ...
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How can I remove residual adhesive that may contain asbestos from wood?

Our house has two bedrooms in which the previous owners installed vinyl tile over wood flooring (how ironic is this: it's wood-grained pattern tile over beautiful, real wood). We want to remove the ...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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Can I reuse underlayment for vinyl flooring replacement?

I have Armstrong vinyl sheeting over underlayment. If I remove the vinyl can I use the sub floor that's already there?
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Installing Basement Subfloor over 30-year-old Vinyl

I'm going to install a basement subfloor. I have 2 rooms that had vinyl squares glued down - a bathroom and laundry room. Can I lay down rigid XPS insulation and plywood directly over the vinyl and ...
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Two layers of underlayment for sheet vinyl?

I'm installing sheet vinyl flooring in the bathroom. Home Depot told me to get this hard plywood, just under 1/4" thick for underlayment. I'm concerned though because my sub floor is 10" or 12" wide ...
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Vinyl flooring on a 100+ year old home with no level floors

Is it possible to install interlocking vinyl flooring on a home with not exactly level floors? The home is 100+ years old and would require a major upgrade to make the floors completely level. I'm ...
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How can I fix a small puncture hole in vinyl flooring?

When I was installing mini blinds in my new house, a pair of needle nose pliers fell out of my tool belt and landed nose first into the vinyl floor below. It left a very small pin sized hole in the ...
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How to remove dirt and stains from vinyl decking

I have a vinyl deck that hasn't been cleaned in likely 10 years, save for what little cleaning the rain routinely does. I just recently rented a Black & Decker 1700 PSI pressure washer. I ...
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Hardwood over poorly-installed asbestos sheet flooring

In a guest apartment with three rooms the smallest room has two layers of sheet flooring in it. Below the two layers there's some sort of black felt paper. All those layers are glued onto each other ...
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Problem with vinyl floor

My little one dropped a bottle of kerosene and it's all over my vinyl floor in the kitchen. Water is not working to clean it, and I'm scared to use anything else. Any suggestions from expert people? ...
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Should we use regular plywood or Lauan over fir strip sub-floor before laying vinyl?

We are preparing a rental kitchen floor for sheet vinyl or VCT tiles. We currently have exposed 3" wide fir strips as the sub-floor. We were told we needed to lay 3/8" plywood over the fir for ...
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How can I level a transition in a floor before gluing a vinyl tile?

I'm going to glue vinyl tiles on top of existing sheet vinyl floor, in my bathroom. However, in one small area, near the sink, there are some ceramic tiles on the floor, therefore there's a small ...
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Should I glue down sheet vinyl?

How does a person know if sheet vinyl is glue down or not my daughter bought it at a surplus store to save money it fells cushioned and is1/8th to3/16th inch thick