3/8″ Thick floors

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Q: My wife and I just bought a 1929 home. One of the bedrooms had carpet. We pulled the carpet and there are vinyl tiles glued to the hardwood floor. We began removal of the tiles but the glue is sticking to the hardwood floor beneath the vinyl. How do we remove the glued vinyl tiles without damaging the hardwood flooring underneath?

A: A home from 1929 would have hardwood floors that are only 3/8 thick from top to bottom. They can be safely sanded twice. My suggestion is that they probably aren’t worth trying to save, given the cost involved and the effort. They were covered over for some reason! I would replace them with a 3/4 thick floor.

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