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Old 01-13-2013, 11:34 AM  
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hi,

we are putting in a ceramic tile floor and pulling out this old vinyl subfloor.

i put an arrow on the photo in question. we want to remove the top tiles. but i am curious if the subfloor is the floor underneath it and that gets removed and replaced as well?

then i see there is a layer of something grey, and another layer of wood.

can you please just let me know which layers are what and what can be removed and what needs to stay?

because the floor currently is level with the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, so if that layer underneath the tiles can be removed and replaced with a new subfloor, that would likely be best for a flush and even finish.

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Hard to tell from the picture. Any idea how old the tiles are ? Are they 12'x12" or 9" x 9"? Either can contain asbestos and so can the adhesive, but almost all 9x9 contain asbestos.



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i already planned on taking a tile sample to get tested.

my question really is about the subfloor though. is that the subfloor underneath those tiles??? and if so, can it be removed and replaced with a new subfloor so the floor can be flush with the hardwood in the next room?

if the picture is not good enough to answer this, can you let me know what i need to take a photo of to better display it?

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How thick is the peice of wood your arrow is pointing to and how thick is the wood below that. Chip off some of the grey stuff and see if it's like rubber or concrete.

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How thick is the peice of wood your arrow is pointing to
3 cm thick
and how thick is the wood below that.
3/4 inch thick

Chip off some of the grey stuff and see if it's like rubber or concrete.
By gray stuff do you mean the stuff in between those two layers of wood? If so I would say its more rubbery. Its some sort of material

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I think if you look closely you might find the peice you said was 3 cm. You might find two peices like 5/8 and 5/8 or 3/4 and 1/2. But if they glued everything down it may as well be one peice. I suspect the gray stuff is just glue.
You will have to investigate some more. Sometimes you just have to take it down the joists and start over but that brings other nightmares with it, as the floor runs under the walls and cupboards and jointing to the old floor can be tricky

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I think if you look closely you might find the peice you said was 3 cm. You might find two peices like 5/8 and 5/8 or 3/4 and 1/2. But if they glued everything down it may as well be one peice. I suspect the gray stuff is just glue.
You will have to investigate some more. Sometimes you just have to take it down the joists and start over but that brings other nightmares with it, as the floor runs under the walls and cupboards and jointing to the old floor can be tricky

What does this mean, it hardly makes sense.
That one piece is DEFINITELY solid wood, why would you think it would be otherwise?

ALL we need to know is WHICH part is the subfloor. Why does it seem like this question is being avoided.
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Often people do remove the top layer of wood, if you think you can do that. I am just not sure you will be able to.

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Often people do remove the top layer of wood, if you think you can do that. I am just not sure you will be able to.

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