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03-06-17, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)  
I need to remove an interior fence

I have a somewhat weird problem, so if this is not the correct forum for this question, please direct me to the right one!

If all goes well, I'm buying a house. (Yay!) Currently, in the living room, there is a fence. Yes, a fence:



The first thing I want to do is to get rid of this monstrosity. The problem is the posts. The listing agent believes that they are anchored to the slab and are not on top of the flooring. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this sort of thing and can give me tips on how best to remove the posts without causing too much damage to the floor.

 
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03-06-17, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)  
Welcome to the forums.

Couldn't think of a different forum to move this thread to.

We get an overall idea of the fence but we need to see some close-up pictures of where the fence meets the floor..... especially at the ends.


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03-06-17, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)  
What? You don't like the bar dance floor look? Do they have shot houses in FL?

Probably not that hard to remove once the pickets and rails are off. Patching the floor may be a different story.

Like Pete said, need some pics.


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03-07-17, 02:24 AM   #4 (permalink)  
Vic. Odd you would mention it, but there is a popular country dance hall in Sanford, FL, called the Barn. There is a set of support poles right in the middle of the dance floor. Dim lights, a couple of beers, swinging your partner, and you may just wind up with a concussion.

 
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03-07-17, 03:13 AM   #5 (permalink)  
Larry, this IS cowboy country. Big trucks, big hats, big hair. We have 2 that I know of, that the pic could be modeled on.

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03-07-17, 03:22 AM   #6 (permalink)  
Looking at the bottom of the posts should show evidence of a bracket that is attached to the post and tap conned to the slab. The flooring probably hides the bottom half of the bracket with patching the wood flooring being the hardest part of the job.

Not something I'd want but I've painted a couple of houses that had a 'fence' like that in the living rm or family rm. I used to work in Sanford but I never was completely sober back in those days


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03-07-17, 10:33 AM   #7 (permalink)  
Ha, I actually know where the Barn is.

I'm having an inspection done Friday, so I'll get close-up pics while I'm there.

 
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03-10-17, 05:44 PM   #8 (permalink)  
Okay, pictures:






I'm pretty sure it's on top of the flooring.

 
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03-10-17, 06:57 PM   #9 (permalink)  
I'd say remove the trim at the bottom to see what you have and go from there.


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03-10-17, 08:00 PM   #10 (permalink)  
I agree with Ray.... remove that base molding.

Is there a basement below there ? I'll bet they go right thru the floor.

I just went back and re-read that floor is on a slab. This could get interesting.


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03-10-17, 09:12 PM   #11 (permalink)  
All right, I'll get back to you when I can remove that molding, but it'll probably be a month before you hear from me again.

Pjmax, for reference, basements are virtually nonexistent in Florida. Oh, and I love the Mighty Mouse avatar.

 
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03-10-17, 10:49 PM   #12 (permalink)  
Mighty Mouse is here to save the day. I'll remove that corral for you.

basements are virtually nonexistent in Florida.
You want one ?


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03-10-17, 11:35 PM   #13 (permalink)  
I want a basement! If I were some 25 years younger and pulling down a six figure income I would do it. But, I'm not, (on either count) so I need to get rid of junk.

 
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03-11-17, 03:29 AM   #14 (permalink)  
Most fla homes are built on a slab. Many places the water table is too high to dig down deep. I've hit water with post hole diggers in fla before. Also fla has more termites than most places so concrete floors eliminate some of that.


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04-18-17, 09:01 PM   #15 (permalink)  
Hey, remember this thread? Well, things were not as I hoped. The posts were indeed installed through the flooring. Attached is a picture of the bracket they were in.

Now I get to have fun patching the holes that are left. Whee.

 
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04-18-17, 09:28 PM   #16 (permalink)  
I was wondering how you made out.

Looks like the bracket was lagged into the concrete, the fence was installed and then the flooring was installed..... around the post.


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04-18-17, 10:23 PM   #17 (permalink)  
Posted By: Pjmax the fence was installed and then the flooring was installed..... around the post.
Maybe the fence was outside to begin with and they built the house around it?

 
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04-19-17, 03:57 AM   #18 (permalink)  
Too bad the anchor wasn't situated in the middle of board Looks like the floor finish is somewhere between natural [oil base poly only] and golden oak. I'd test the finish on some scrap oak first.


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