I would like to install hardwood floors in our kitchen that would be the same height as the existing hardwood floors in the dining room. The problem is that I discovered the kitchen subfloor is higher than the existing hardwood in the dining wood. I believe this is because of a double subfloor in the kitchen to make the transition of the linoleum tile in the kitchen match the height of the dining room.
Can I remove the top subfloor to install the hardwood and still keep the integrity of the subfloor once most of the top layer is removed? I do not want to remove the existing cabinets so I want to cut the top subfloor out everywhere but under the cabinets. What tool do I use to cut the subfloor close to the kickplate of the cabinet -- the kickplate of the cabinet is recessed about 3 inches so I can't get a circular saw in there.
Has anyone done this before and all comments are greatly appreciated.
There are close-cut saws like jamb saws that should be able to get right up to the kickplate. As this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime project for you, rent one.
As long as there is still a 3/4" subfloor remaining it will be OK to install the wood floor on top. To remove the rest of the subfloor, set your circular saw to the EXACT depth of the top layer. Cut 2' x 2' squares by making long cuts all across the room in both directions. Then pry up the 2x2's.
Thanks Jaybee. What are the chances the top subfloor is also glued? Is this going to cause a lot of problems in removing it, and what are the chances of ruining the bottom subfloor. I realize that more work will be needed to insure a clean, level surface once the top subfloor is removed, but that ok - work never hurt anyone - but I sure do not want to ruin what remains.
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