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?

How to remove some old tile

Q: I am trying to figure out how to remove some old tile that has plywood underneath. My house was built in the 1900’s and I guess later the owners wanted to update the kitchen with that awful red, tile looking brick. We discovered in a corner that there is the mortar or whatever is under the tile, and then a thick layer of plywood. Continue reading How to remove some old tile

Removing floor glued to OSB

Q: I have a very cheap engineered hardwood floor that was destroyed by high heel shoes. It needs to be replaced. It is glued down to Advantech OSB. I have been told this will be a nightmare to remove. I was then told just to nail down 3/4′ oak over the top of the old floor. Continue reading Removing floor glued to OSB

How to save the subflooring while removing glued down hardwood?

Q: I am removing oak hardwood floors in my ’89 home that are glued down onto particle board subflooring. I will be replacing it with tile. There is about 300 sq. feet of hardwood flooring that needs to come up. I want to save my subfloor. Continue reading How to save the subflooring while removing glued down hardwood?

Little staples sunk into the wood

Q: I just bought a house that was built in 1942. I tore up the carpet in it, due to being completely nasty, and found that there was wood flooring underneath. It’s in pretty bad shape. It has paint all over it. I think it would look really nice if refinished. However, when I started to look, there are all kinds of little staples sunk into the wood. Continue reading Little staples sunk into the wood

We really want to save as much of the wood as we can

Q: We just bought a 1950’s home with all original hardwood floors. They were covered in carpet and still in pristine shape. We’re in the process of remodeling the home, which includes moving several walls and expanding off the back of the house. We really want to save as much of the wood as we can and reuse it in the main part of the house.  Continue reading We really want to save as much of the wood as we can