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Speedy
12-20-2008, 01:54 AM
Yvette wanted hardwood floors in the living room. The living room had carpet and in front of the fireplace it had ceramic and porcelin tile. Had to take the tile up first thing.

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No easy task.

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Makes quite a mess.

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Speedy
12-20-2008, 01:56 AM
Now the easy part!

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Zeus
12-20-2008, 03:00 AM
Now the easy part!

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Too late now but why didn't you just lay the laminate over the carpet & Tiles ?

Speedy
12-20-2008, 08:36 AM
That would make too much sense!

SarasotaRepub
12-20-2008, 09:59 AM
Nice job Speed! :D

Zeus
12-20-2008, 12:59 PM
That would make too much sense!

Oh well Lot of folks pull the carpet prior to installing the floor. A lot of those same folks about the dozenth time they walk across the floor in hard sole shoes wish they would have left the added sound baffle.


Nice Job though Rookie ;)

Jumpy
12-20-2008, 05:05 PM
Too late now but why didn't you just lay the laminate over the carpet & Tiles ?
Because he wanted to match the height to the other existing flooring, without possible trip hazards of reducers?

Phillygirl
12-20-2008, 05:55 PM
Because he wanted to match the height to the other existing flooring, without possible trip hazards of reducers?

Hmmm...I'm getting ready to replace my carpeting in the dining room and living room with hardwood floors. The hallway, kitchen and foyer already have hardwood. Should I be ripping out the carpeting or not?

Oh, and by "I" I mean should I pay for the carpet to be ripped out or have them put it on top?

There is a step down into the living room if that matters at all.

Looks great, Speedy!

Zeus
12-20-2008, 06:34 PM
Hmmm...I'm getting ready to replace my carpeting in the dining room and living room with hardwood floors. The hallway, kitchen and foyer already have hardwood. Should I be ripping out the carpeting or not?

Oh, and by "I" I mean should I pay for the carpet to be ripped out or have them put it on top?

There is a step down into the living room if that matters at all.

Looks great, Speedy!

What you need to weigh is labor charge differential and the acoustical properties of the room(s). personal preference is an in all situations consideration.

Me I'd recommend that as long as the carpet hasn't had an abundance of liquid spills on it or pets using it as a bathroom lay the floor over it. Saves installation time & money. The carpet also acts as a sound buffer & wear barrier.

Phillygirl
12-20-2008, 06:41 PM
What you need to weigh is labor charge differential and the acoustical properties of the room(s). personal preference is an in all situations consideration.

Me I'd recommend that as long as the carpet hasn't had an abundance of liquid spills on it or pets using it as a bathroom lay the floor over it. Saves installation time & money. The carpet also acts as a sound buffer & wear barrier.


Thanks. The carpet has a ton of stains on it from prior owners, but no pet stains. I was just wondering if it's better to have that buffer or not, as I'd never thought about that. If it came down to the price, I could probably get it torn out without too much of an issue. I just don't know anything about such things.

Jumpy
12-20-2008, 06:41 PM
Hmmm...I'm getting ready to replace my carpeting in the dining room and living room with hardwood floors. The hallway, kitchen and foyer already have hardwood. Should I be ripping out the carpeting or not?

Oh, and by "I" I mean should I pay for the carpet to be ripped out or have them put it on top?

There is a step down into the living room if that matters at all.

Looks great, Speedy!

Tear it out yourself... just get a utility knife and cut it into 4 ft strips and put it out for the trash man. Use an ice scraper to pull up the padding staples, along with the padding. It will save you LOTS of money, and if you do it right it will only take you about an hour to tear it out.

Obviously you will not be putting hardwood on top of existing carpet.

Jumpy
12-20-2008, 06:43 PM
What you need to weigh is labor charge differential and the acoustical properties of the room(s). personal preference is an in all situations consideration.

Me I'd recommend that as long as the carpet hasn't had an abundance of liquid spills on it or pets using it as a bathroom lay the floor over it. Saves installation time & money. The carpet also acts as a sound buffer & wear barrier.

Just curious...how on earth would one properly install hardwood flooring over top of existing carpet and padding?? I do this for a living, and I have NEVER seen anything like that done.

Phillygirl
12-20-2008, 06:43 PM
Tear it out yourself... just get a utility knife and cut it into 4 ft strips and put it out for the trash man. Use an ice scraper to pull up the padding staples, along with the padding. It will save you LOTS of money, and if you do it right it will only take you about an hour to tear it out.

Obviously you will not be putting hardwood on top of existing carpet.

Heh!! And you give me too much credit for "doing it right". But I suppose it's something I could tackle. Hell, I just hung curtains and it only took me about 4 hours, 5 trips to the store, and 3 non-essential misplaced screw holes. How hard can tearing up carpet be? :D:D

Zeus
12-20-2008, 06:50 PM
Just curious...how on earth would one properly install hardwood flooring over top of existing carpet and padding?? I do this for a living, and I have NEVER seen anything like that done.


Same way you would install it if the carpet wasn't there.

You serious you have never see/heard of a floating floor system installed over existing carpet or tile ?

Jumpy
12-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Same way you would install it if the carpet wasn't there.

You serious you have never see/heard of a floating floor system installed over existing carpet or tile ?

She was talking about real hardwood... not a laminate type floating. But still.. no, I have never seen a hard surface floor installed over top of carpet and padding. I will eat my hat if any flooring will warrant their product installed that way.. over carpet and padding.

Jumpy
12-20-2008, 07:16 PM
Hey Phillygirl, how 'bout I drive to your place and I help you tear out your carpet.. you help me buy a pair of boots.. we have a girls night out, and call it even? :p

Phillygirl
12-20-2008, 08:18 PM
Hey Phillygirl, how 'bout I drive to your place and I help you tear out your carpet.. you help me buy a pair of boots.. we have a girls night out, and call it even? :p

Hey, that's a better deal than I was thinking...I was wondering if you charged your travel time! :D

biccat
12-21-2008, 08:12 AM
Too late now but why didn't you just lay the laminate over the carpet & Tiles ?


Why would you want to do that? Removing tile is probably one of the most entertaining "home improvement" type jobs there is, aside from removing drywall.

Until you get to the clean up part that is.

RobJohnson
12-21-2008, 01:09 PM
Why would you want to do that? Removing tile is probably one of the most entertaining "home improvement" type jobs there is, aside from removing drywall.

Until you get to the clean up part that is.

My back hurts just looking at the tile pics!

Speedy, well done!

Speedy
12-21-2008, 02:06 PM
Pretty much done. Just gotta put the tools away and move the funiture back in there.

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Speedy
12-21-2008, 02:16 PM
The panther panting was a compromise between Yvette and me. When I was growning up, everyone house I ever went into, people had a black ceramic or porcelin panther on the TV or on top of the stereo. Everybody had one of those things. Some of them were actually pretty big.

When I moved out to college I took the panther I had in my room with me. When I got married I bought a bigger one. When I moved to San Angelo when Yvette and I bought our house together and we moved in the last thing I moved into my house was my panther. I broke it out and set it on shelf over our tv. I knew the days were numbered for that panther when Yvette saw it and said, "What the fuck is that?"

I insisted that I had to have a panther in the living room. I had never lived in a house without a panther in my life. She was furniture shopping with her mom a few weeks and she saw the painting. She bought if for me.

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