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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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So we've been working on clearing out our basement which has been storage for years and turning into somewhat of a better hangout. Looking for some ideas of what to do now.

We've ripped up a bunch of low profile carpet that covered the cement floor for decades after letting it get ripped and turn to crap. Now we've been left with a nice thin yellow layer of loose foam that was between the adhesive and carpet.

So question one: What's a good chemical stripper / rental power tool that cleans up adhesive / carpet foam? The vacuum cleaner has picked up the loose stuff, but most of the remains are still glazed in with the adhesive brush strokes.

Question two: What have you used for basement flooring? We're not looking into putting down new carpet at all unless it's some type of low profile removable square. A popular idea has been staining the cement floor. Anybody done staining? Some kind of low tile might be another option.
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there is some nice rubber style pergo that looks real good. I put it in a customers basement last year. It looks like wood pergo style in the 1x3 foot strips but its rubber and the peices adhere to eachother. best part is its supposed to be waterproof and doesnt need to be glued down.
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there is some nice rubber style pergo that looks real good. I put it in a customers basement last year. It looks like wood pergo style in the 1x3 foot strips but its rubber and the peices adhere to eachother. best part is its supposed to be waterproof and doesnt need to be glued down.
I've seen this type of floor installed in someones basement, it does look great. I'm considering installing it in my basement.
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My basement had some old nasty carpet in it that I ended up tearing up, and I had the same adhesive mess that you are describing. I ended up going to lowes and buying a big scraper tool (not sure what it was really made for, but it worked perfect...maybe a roofing scraper or something?)...anyway, I used that to scrape off as much of the adhesive that would come off without too much effort, and ended up putting down some grayish-white VCT floor tile. Half of my basement was already done with this, so I just went off of the old edge and did the rest of the basement (which was around another 700sq-ft). It came out really well, you can buy it for fairly cheap, it is durable, and easy to lay down. All you need is a bucket of the mud/adhesive, a few boxes of tile, and a scraper/trowel and a little patience.


If you go this route, get a few extra boxes in case one or more gets broken later down the road, you may not be able to get the same colors forever. I just wish I would have went with alternating black and white ones, I think it would have looked really cool down there.

This is a shitty picture, but you get the idea...



It was just basically wasted space before, now it is an awesome party room.
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I did a laminate (pergo type) and carpet throughout.
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Definitely a nice setup there 04PSD, looking to do something relatively similar. I'm workin with a longer basement with roughly a 12x35 setup for the 'entertainment side'. Our other side is roughly the same size but more of a workshop style.
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Dammit I wish they had basements over here.
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DO NOT do Pergo/ laminate style. It will not hold up to ANY moisture. In fact, alot of manufacturers void the warranty if it's put down in a basement or any other high moisture area. If you get any flooding or water, it will buckle immediately and the entire floor will need to be redone.
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DO NOT do Pergo/ laminate style. It will not hold up to ANY moisture. In fact, alot of manufacturers void the warranty if it's put down in a basement or any other high moisture area. If you get any flooding or water, it will buckle immediately and the entire floor will need to be redone.
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They make sub floors for that.

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They make sub floors for that.

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Basement remodels that include a subfloor are few and far between. People who want the convenience of laminate flooring usually don't want to go through the trouble of building a subfloor first. The attraction of laminate is quick, easy and cheap.

I wouldn't put a laminate in a basement, even with a subfloor. In fact, I wouldn't put it in a kitchen, entry, or anywhere else anywhere near moisture.

Basically, laminate floors are cheap junk. Comparable to vinyl siding and pressboard paneling.

But that's just my humble opinion....

I would put down carpet (which can be pulled, cleaned, dried after water) or tile.
Or, etch the floor and do a concrete stain.
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Basement remodels that include a subfloor are few and far between. People who want the convenience of laminate flooring usually don't want to go through the trouble of building a subfloor first. The attraction of laminate is quick, easy and cheap.

I wouldn't put a laminate in a basement, even with a subfloor. In fact, I wouldn't put it in a kitchen, entry, or anywhere else anywhere near moisture.

Basically, laminate floors are cheap junk. Comparable to vinyl siding and pressboard paneling.

But that's just my humble opinion....

I would put down carpet (which can be pulled, cleaned, dried after water) or tile.
Or, etch the floor and do a concrete stain.
I am finishing my basement.
Subfloor
Then a laminate
The laminate was not cheap, but not expensive either (About $5 a foot2).
The beauty was.....I could do it myself.
I have hardwood throughout the main floor.
I could not do hardwood.

And the quality of laminates vary.
If you get the cheap pergo, they will wear badly.
If you get decent stuff, they will wear better (not as good as hardwood obviously).

I put laminate in my office, gym and bar area.
The office and gym are less traffic.
The bar area, I did NOT want carpet for obvious reasons.

AND
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I'm currently putting down a laminate floor in my basement. I pulled up the old carpet, scraped up the old tile and glue under it, and put down a vapor barrier. The vappor barrier has a padding on it to. I actually paid more for the under layment than i did for the laminate wood. I got the laminate at Ikea for about 1.15 a sq ft. it has a 10 year warranty. the underlayment was from Lowes and it was around 1.50 a sq ft. we keep a dehuminifier going all summer long, so i'm not concerned about moisture being a problem.

on a side note, the theater side of the basement is still carpeted and the area in the bar/kitchen area has the laminate.

The only thing i would do different in the future is spend a little more on the laminate. While the Ikea stuff looks nice and the half of the room that is done looks great, it was kind of a pain to snap together. it didn't go as easily as they do it on TV. oh well, its only a basement.
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I'm currently putting down a laminate floor in my basement. I pulled up the old carpet, scraped up the old tile and glue under it, and put down a vapor barrier. The vappor barrier has a padding on it to. I actually paid more for the under layment than i did for the laminate wood. I got the laminate at Ikea for about 1.15 a sq ft. it has a 10 year warranty. the underlayment was from Lowes and it was around 1.50 a sq ft. we keep a dehuminifier going all summer long, so i'm not concerned about moisture being a problem.

on a side note, the theater side of the basement is still carpeted and the area in the bar/kitchen area has the laminate.

The only thing i would do different in the future is spend a little more on the laminate. While the Ikea stuff looks nice and the half of the room that is done looks great, it was kind of a pain to snap together. it didn't go as easily as they do it on TV. oh well, its only a basement.

Read your warranty. Putting it in a basement more than likely voided it. On some of them, even a high relative humidity will void the warranty. That's one of the main reasons I try and steer my customers away from it. I don't want to put something down and be screwed if the product fails outside of my control.

Plus, one overflow of the dehumidifier, or one instance of a sump pump sticking off and your screwed.
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To the OP:
To get the floors clean, mix up some TSP in a pump sprayer, soak the residue, let it sit for a while (keeping it wet) and scrape.
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I pulled up the old carpet, scraped up the old tile and glue under it, and put down a vapor barrier. The vappor barrier has a padding on it to. I got the laminate at Ikea
oh well, its only a basement.
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It was cheap enough to put down and if it worped or wore out I would replace it before listing the house.
Have not had any thing bad happen and it still looks like new 2 years later.
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I went with painted concrete in a part of mine, I used the porch and concrete paint from Lowes, its held up great after 3 years. The theater part of the basement I went with carpet, without pad, all the carpet places I went to recommended no padding, since it will hold in the moisture from the concrete. Around my bar I used ceramic tile, just used regular tile mortar and glued it to the concrete.
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In the basement of my old house I did a combination of cheap laminate, $1 sq/ft stick-on vinyl parkuet tiles, and Lowes cheapest carpet with the padding adhered to it $0.59/yard.
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We tore out some old Linoleum at a house We're remodling and we used an Automatic Scraper. It worked great. In the spot were alot of Traffic was (like the hall way) it couldn't get the adhesive off. It might be something you want to look into. :shrug:
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