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Unread 05-25-2005, 03:32 PM   #1
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removing hardwood from slab

I am going to start a tiling job in a room that has hardwood over a slab, what is the best way to remove the hardwood that is glued to the slab?
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Unread 05-25-2005, 04:13 PM   #2
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A pry-bar or crow bar. If it is hard getting a start point set the circular saw to just the wood thickness and cut out a small square for a starting point.
You will have to get all of the old glue of the floor and depending on the size of the room you can do that with various size razor scrappers or rent a power tool and a rental center. When you are done sprinkle water on the floor in a few places. You want the water to soak into the floor. If it beads up there was a sealer put on the slab and that could effect the mortars used to stick the tile.
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Unread 05-25-2005, 04:56 PM   #3
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Does the glue present any special issues, meaning, bits of wood all over after getting up the big chunks? Is there a solution I can put down that might seep under the wood once I get a starting point, let it sit a bit and then pry it up?
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Unread 05-25-2005, 05:49 PM   #4
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A solvent might end up giving you more problems in the long run, some of it will force the glue even further into the slab's pores and make for thinset problems later on by getting the glue even further in. My unprofessional opinion.
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Thank you for your thoughts. Has anyone attempted this and what was your approach? Thank you.
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Unread 05-26-2005, 06:28 PM   #6
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I tore out about 950 sq feet of a glue down mannington floor a few weeks back. I cheated and soaked the floor with water to make the floor buckle. The house was unoccupied. Then we used a flat bar and crow bar and popped it rite up. Then used 4 inch scrappers and got 98% of the glue off . Then i used a 7 inch floor grinder and smoothed the whole floor .
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I take a circular saw and rip the floor wall to wall about every 4-5 feet then soak it over night with water then take a pry bar or nail bar and go after it ,then scrape with a good sharp scrapper changing blades often to take up the excess glue then, and use naptha on the real tough spots of glue, then sand it with a sander from the local tool rental place. Seems to be the easy way of going about it. Pretty much just a Opiethetileman said.
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