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

Rip out and possibility of asbestos

Q: I have a 1964 ranch in Charlotte, NC that has original wood floors throughout, except in the den. I would like to replace carpet with hardwoods in the den and am getting different stories from different potential installers. I am concerned with the possibility of asbestos. Continue reading Rip out and possibility of asbestos

What is the easiest way to remove U shape staples from salvaged hardwood flooring?

Q: What is the easiest way to remove U shape staples from salvaged hardwood flooring? I want to reinstall it. Continue reading What is the easiest way to remove U shape staples from salvaged hardwood flooring?