My wife and I have finally given in and are replacing the institutional grade cheap carpet and linoleum that came with our house with some nice laminate flooring. We are redoing the kitchen, living room, hallway, and entry way floors. There was carpet in the living room and hallway and linoleum (black and white checkerboard, uhg) in the entryway and kitchen. We got a great deal on the flooring from Sam's Club, comes with a built in pad, so it's ready to go. The downside is they offer no installation options so we are on our own (aside of hiring someone I suppose). My ultimate goal is to have nice consistant flooring in all of the above mentioned spaces. And too look good afterward.
I am getting up the carpet, pad, spike strips, and staples without a huge issue. But when I got to the linoleum in the entryway, I found the quarter inch layer of wood under it. I guess I shouldn't have been to surprised and I was able to pry it up and get to the subfloor.. So then onward to the kitchen...I find that flooring also has the same layer under it, agian should have seen it coming. And THEN I find out that the home builders installed all of the flooring and slapped the cabinets on top of it. So the wood layer and the flooring all run under the cabinets. So What I'm wondering is that are my worse nightmares going to come true and the floor cabinets are going to have to come out? Do I just tear out up to the base of the cabinets and then do some really really precise cutting to remove the underlayment up to the cabinets? From what I have read, laminate is not supposed to go under cabinets, so removing everything would then lower my cabinets so I would be re-installing something anyway to raise them back up. Or...do I have to lay underlayment over the entire subfloor for all the rooms before I install the laminate?
Any advice, pointers, sympathy, bitching, or whatever would be appreciated! I have a habit of diving right into a job and learning whatever I can as a I crash and burn!