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Some advice please -
I have a kitchen to tile which was installed on top of wooden laminate flooring.
The kitchen has a polished stone worktop and I am concerned if I remove all the laminate the units will drop slightly and damage the worktops.
The kitchen units are in a U shape with various recesses for appliances, with one of the unit runs dividing the kitchen/diner - so not against a wall. This run only has a 12mm wooden back to it and two recesses so not removing the laminate would look odd I think. But should I cut the laminate around the edges of the units to leave the support in place?
Sorry, hard to describe and I have no images.
 
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Kitchen units are often packed up to level them out and you just tile to the legs with the plinths covering the joint.
So yes they have to remove the laminate.
For me I’d not accept any liability in preparing the the substrate and insist it’s done prior to starting any tiling contract.
Any future settlement and subsequent damage to the stone tops will come back to bite you without doubt.
 
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Some advice please -
I have a kitchen to tile which was installed on top of wooden laminate flooring.
The kitchen has a polished stone worktop and I am concerned if I remove all the laminate the units will drop slightly and damage the worktops.
The kitchen units are in a U shape with various recesses for appliances, with one of the unit runs dividing the kitchen/diner - so not against a wall. This run only has a 12mm wooden back to it and two recesses so not removing the laminate would look odd I think. But should I cut the laminate around the edges of the units to leave the support in place?
Sorry, hard to describe and I have no images.
Most kitchens have adjustable legs, I would take out the laminate
a piece at a time then adjust the legs to as you go
 
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Could you not cut around the legs and side/back panels of the units leaving enough laminate in place to support the units still and then tile up to the cut laminate??
 
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Yes, just cut the laminate at the feet leaving it underneath them. Use a Fein or other reciprocating cutter to do this. That way the laminate will remain under the legs and you never need to disturb it.

Discuss fully with owner, write down the method and get it agreed at least in an email. Take loads of before, during & after photos too and just double check your liability insurance!
 
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Thanks All, I’ll do as Plan Tech recommends and ensure it’s all explained and agreed in writing prior to my arrival.
 
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The others are corrct regarding the stone and movement. I've seen a well fixed marble worktop go pop in the middle before when there has been the slightest of movement
 
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I've used Albert's method loads of times and not had an issue yet....
Although the weight of a stone work top may put me off a bit..

Personally I wouldn't get involved..... Tell them to get it ripped up ready for tiling....
Hate gambling...
 
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How much clearance is there on the appliances? Tiles tend to be thicker than laminate...
 
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How much clearance is there on the appliances? Tiles tend to be thicker than laminate...
There’s plenty of clearance. I have gone back to the customer and asked him to arrange the safe and secure removal of the laminate ready for tiling. I have pointed out the issue and he is happy to sought it all! Thanks for ALL of your advice chaps
 

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