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Proper underlayment for ceramic tile in kitchen

Posted by Mike Karram on December 22nd, 1997 11:30 AM

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I would like to install ceramic tile in my kitchen, however
i don't know what to do with the existing floor.
I currently have a linolium floor layed on 5/8 plywood
underlayment, on top of 1/2 inch plywood sub-floor. The
floor is now level with the adjoining hardwood floors
in the LR, DR and FM. Do i go over the existing floor
with 1/4 plywood and tile on top of the plywood? Or do
i go over the floor with backerboard and then tile?
Add the thickness of the thinset and tile and now i'll be
be a 1/2 inch or so above the adjoining floors.
Or do i rip up the existing linolium and underlayment
and put down backerboard over the sub-floor?
I would like to avoid doing this since the cabinets
and appliances would have to be removed to do this.
Any expert advice out there???

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