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Unread 11-28-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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Removal of Floor Tile

May not be totally on topic for this forum. What can be recommended for the removal of a vinyl type tile and its glue laid over wood floors?
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Unread 11-28-2015, 11:00 AM   #2
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It depends on exactly what plywood it's installed over and what type of floor you intend on putting down to replace it.

If the vinyl is in poor condition, is bonded really well over cheap 5.2mm lauan (very popular underlayment to vinyl), and new vinyl is going down...you may want to remove this ply layer, taking the vinyl with it. Lauan plywood, while wildly popular, can pose more liability than asset when installed under flooring materials. So removing it may be recommended. One of the easiest method I've found for removing the top layer of plywood when multiple layers of ply are involved is this: Very carefully set the depth of a circular saw blade to juuuuuuuuuust shy of the sum thickness of the vinyl and top plywood thickness. Then saw the top layer of ply (NO DEEPER!) of plywood north-to-south and east-to-west into 1' squares. Your floor will look like a giant tic-tac-toe board. The object to to cut only as deep as the first layer of plywood and to NOT cut or scar the plywood layer below. Prying these little 1' squares off with a flat prybar is much easier than tackling whole sheets at one time. You'll be in for lots of staple/fastener removal. Bring lots of patience.

But if the vinyl is adhered directly to a layer of ply you really want to keep, then you may be in for a sweaty workout with a razor scraper.

Tell us a bit more about your project so we can better tailor our answers to your exact scenario: Age of floor and house (help with warning you if asbestos dangers), what layers make up the floor, what you intend on installing...those types of things are helpful. And a picture or two might be nice.

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Thanks for the informative reply!

There were a few layers of what seem to be linoleum over a wood floor. Probably older pine that I at first mistook for oak.
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