Guys, I need some help (especially someone who knows about construction)

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  1. Masao Registered User

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    Basically, the situation is this.

    I'm trying to replace the flooring in a kitchen. It's some ugly blue glue-on tiles that were placed on top of another layer of ugly tiles that were placed on top of another layer of ugly tiles. My plan is to put some nice vinyl plank flooring.

    Here's the before pics:

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    Now, so I removed all the three ugly floors and ended up on what I think is the original sub-flooring. I also removed the ugly ceramic tiles on the bottom of the wall.

    The problem is that the drywall doesn't seem to reach all the way to the bottom. There's an huge empty space between the drywall and the floor.

    What should I do about it? I thought about filling it with wood but it seems like it would be extremely hard to measure and cut enough wood to be able to fit underneath there. I also thought about filling it with plaster but I'm not sure it's a good idea either.

    What's the best way to fill the gaps between the drywall and the floor?

    Here's the newer pics that show the problem:

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    Thanks
     
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    That gap - usually 1/2 inch but can vary - is not a "problem"; it's typical for drywall installations, to allow for seasonal expansion & contraction of the drywall sheets. Allowing the drywall to touch the flooring would also allow moisture to wick up into the drywall (more of a problem with concrete floors or spaces were water may stand or flow across the floor). The gap is typically covered by baseboard, as it was before you started tearing things up. Lots of baseboard options (color, style, materials) should be available from local DIY or lumber/hardware stores.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. I was googling stuff and I found someone who suggested I put this thing inside:

    M-D Building Products 1/2 in. x 20 ft. Caulk Backer Rod-71480 - The Home Depot

    Is it a good idea?
     
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    That would certainly fill the gap, if it's consistently less than a half-inch high. But you'd still have to cover that gap with either baseboard or tile or some other finish covering, so I'm not sure the foam tubing would do more that lighten your wallet.
     
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    Thanks for that man
     
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    Give me your caulk
     
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    you should start a construction business called "Caulks, Wrenches and Jackhammers."
     
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    Cover the gap with trim
     
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    Weee here's the new floor!

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    Now I have to install new baseboards... *sigh*
     
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    Helluva improvement over that blue tile. Well done.
     
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    Pro tip. Paint the baseboard x2 before cutting/installing. Then after install, dap, and paint
     
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    This deserves an update @Masao
     
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    I’ve found that if you simply epoxy stray neighborhood cats into the cracks, they act as excellent insulators and if you use enough of them they cut down on rodent infestations.

    Win-Win.
     
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    Also, you should have kept digging.

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    It’s a little known fact that 79.4% of all people who use three layers of crappy glued tiles for a kitchen floor (with a top layer being blue) bury seventeen, 5lb. bars of .999 fine gold four paces from the northwest corner.
     
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    Nicely done. That’s a marked improvement. I see a home improvement post started by Masao and i immediately think of the kitchen post from years ago. I can’t be the only one.
     
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    Meanwhile you haven't seen your keys.....
     
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    Can you please record yourself doing it?
     
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    this is so much better than i remember. Thank you.
     
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    Masao is HF royalty. His glory must not be forgotten.
     
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