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Here's the background info: So, just moved into a place where there was originally carpet down in the kitchen. (yuck). The landlord said the previous people put it there because the floor was ugly and boy, were they ever right. Whoever put the vinyl tiles in didn't do it well because it's not underneath the appliances. (probably a previous tenant). I wanted to possibly put down new vinyl on the existing flooring because I just need something to look good, and last the time that we live there. So, the actual questions... 1) Should I just use Armstrong embossing leveler and put down new tiles that way? Ripping up the old plywood underlayer may be a pain because I don't know when it was put in or if there is asbestos? 2) Right in the entrance there is a huge gap missing in the plywood/tile (probably previous people tried to rip it up and screwed it up. Is there a filler to fill probably a 3" by 4" (jagged shaped) piece of 1/4" plywood in order to prep the floor for new tile? After these first 5 responses, I plan on doing this: Taking a 1-2 inch wide piece of underlying 1/4" plywood, extending the kitchen floor by this amount in order to buy patch and seal "cement" to seal up the hole on the outer edge of the current floor. Then, using some embossing leveler, smooth out the current tile so new tile won't get distorted and will adhere well. Then taking the new tile, misaligned from the old by an inch or so, put down new tile. Any steps I'm missing?

Asked By: DR804 - 5/2/2007
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If you are only a temporary tenant I definitely wouldn't rip up the old plywood etc. Just clean the old tile up as good as possible..fill in the low areas with floor leveler and fill in the missing area with wood filler or floor leveler. Let the fill in dry put down new tile..where the tile was not put under appliances... More
Answered By: rustyangel1 - 5/2/2007
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the new floor will only stick down as good as the one you are going over ( basicaly if the first one is peeling the second one will peel to. to patch the area by the door the sell a product call flash patch. You can find it at most flooring stores. If you can handel it, I suggest a full sheet product, less chances it... More
Answered By: len - 5/2/2007
 
this is going to sound so weird...but just read on...rip off the old linoleum....clean the old cement well....AND PAINT IT!!! paint it with any kind of paint, and then buy a clear latex paint!! VOILA...it works wonders.. i just painted my bedroom floor...its saves tons of money.. i didnt add the gloss at the end and it... More
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Answered By: Amanda L - 5/2/2007
 
I think you're easiest bet is to remove the tiles that are there, use a floor leveling compound and then either put in new sticky tiles or vinyl flooring. There was some water damage in the bathroom of the house I recently bought so I ripped out the tongue and groove flooring (laminate) and sanded down the subfloor... More
Answered By: Heather - 5/2/2007
 
These are all great answers, but they forgot 1 major part. If the old tiles are down well, not lifting up on the edges, make sure when you lay the new tiles not to place them in the same position as the old. Move the tile over an inch or so, so the seams of the old tiles are covered with the new. This will assure that... More
Answered By: barbara m - 5/2/2007
 
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