Remove and relocate old 3/8″ strip flooring to another room?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: Is there any way to remove and relocate hardwood flooring to another room? We are remodeling our home and don’t want to lose our beautiful flooring. Continue reading Remove and relocate old 3/8″ strip flooring to another room?

Removing pine floors without damaging them

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: Our pine floors are over 100 years old, and we have no subfloor. Our plan was to tear up the pine floors and put plywood down then put the original pine floors back down. Were then going to insulate with icynene (especially for damp places, that sticks to everything). How do I tear up these floors without damaging them further? Continue reading Removing pine floors without damaging them

Prying up pine flooring for salvaging

Q: I’m trying to salvage 3/4″ pine flooring from a house over 100 yrs. old that is scheduled to be razed. The 8 foot planks are nailed onto the joists, which are 12″ apart. Because there is so little space between joists, prying isn’t working well. Any suggestions for a frustrated DIYer? Continue reading Prying up pine flooring for salvaging

Is it easier/cheaper to remove parquet versus wood strip flooring?

Q: Is it easier/cheaper to remove parquet versus wood strip flooring?

A: Parquet is generally glued down compared to strip which Continue reading Is it easier/cheaper to remove parquet versus wood strip flooring?

Could I damage the foundation pulling up old floor boards in this old house?

Q: I have pinewood flooring in a 100-year-old house–2.5 wide boards, not planks. There is no subfloor, with the boards sitting right on joists. I want to install a new hardwood floor, and thus a subfloor. Continue reading Could I damage the foundation pulling up old floor boards in this old house?

Rip up of glue down floor is damaging subfloor

Q: We had some glued hardwood flooring ripped up in our family room. Under the hardwood we installed a 1/4″ sub-floor, which was glued and stapled, on top of the plywood, because we had carpet in that room before and we needed to level it out across all of our rooms. Is it normal that the sub-floor would rip up with the glued hardwood flooring or should the sub-flooring stay intact when ripping the glued hardwood from it? Continue reading Rip up of glue down floor is damaging subfloor

Plywood under the linoleum is glued to the subfloor

Q: I want to tear up the linoleum in my kitchen to put down 3/4″ oak flooring, but I’m concerned that the 3/8″ plywood under the linoleum is glued to the 3/4″ subfloor. If this is the case, what are my options for getting the 3/8″ plywood up? Continue reading Plywood under the linoleum is glued to the subfloor

Removing carpet and linoleum

Q: My stairs are covered in 70’s style carpet and something like linoleum. The edges of the stairs are carpeted and the center of each tread is covered in this material. I’m pretty certain there is hardwood underneath it all. How can I get the carpet and other material off? Continue reading Removing carpet and linoleum