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Forum topic by Stormin posted 06-12-2011 07:22 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2011 07:22 AM

Our house has hardwood floors . My wife complains about how hard it is on her feet when she is working in the kitchen. Is it possible to install a cork floor or something else over top of the existing kitchen floor area ?

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 07:29 AM

of course! there’s even ways of installing a floating floor on top of the existing floor so that if you wish to rip it up and go back to your old flooring, you can.

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 07:39 AM

You could get a matt for working on or even throw down some carpet.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 03:17 PM

If you install new flooring over the hardwood, make sure that you don’t “trap” the dishwasher so it can’t be pulled out. That isn’t uncommon, and makes replacing a dishwasher a real nightmare.

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 09:48 PM

I have head great things about cork on TV but a friend who does insurance claim repairs told me to stay away from it. Other than that I would put a floating floor because it does not damage the hardwood underneath. If you ever sell you could rip up the floating and you have hardwood again. A big selling point.

Maybe the easiest thing would be a nice, comfy pair of slippers or sneakers for you wife to wear in the house. LOL

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 09:57 PM

Sawkerf, I saw this happening in real time in my house. I said, wait, wait,wait, is that dishwasher going to fit with the casters racked all the way up? Good thing, because it wouldn’t have. I had to mill top of the underside of the counter supports. The conrtrol dials are on the top of the door and it would have been a nightmare. I’d look into cork. It’s a totally different product than it was only a few years ago. Some bamboos are white thin, too. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 10:19 PM

I too advise a floating floor my woodshop has them throughout.It used to be concrete and I had many times a painful back and knees and legs . So think about it please at least.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 08:24 AM

Those gel mats are nice to have in the kitchen to stand on. They’re kinda pricey but considering the cost of some of your alternatives they look like a bargain.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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