tar under carpet?


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Old 03-22-04, 05:41 AM
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Question tar under carpet?

We live in an old 1890's house and want to remove the carpet, but under it is a horrible tar like substance on the hardwood floors. How do we get that off the floors without ruining the wood?
 
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Old 03-22-04, 03:18 PM
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It may just be roofing felt, but don't quote me on that. Are you trying to remove the carpet to save the existing wood floor.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 03:43 PM
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Yes. There is hardwood flooring under all the carpet and we would like to get down to that and refinish it.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 04:01 PM
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Scrape down a small area and see what kind of wood it is. Unless it's some kind of really fantastic wood, it might be easier and cheaper to lay new flooring over it. Otherwise, you're in for a LOT of scraping and sanding to get rid of the 'gunk' - and there may not be enough useable floor left to bring back.
 
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Old 03-22-04, 04:20 PM
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I must agree with Dave. There may be a reason the floor was covered too.
 
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Old 03-23-04, 08:41 AM
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Be careful, this could be "cutback adhesive" that contains asbestous
 
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Old 03-23-04, 06:22 PM
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Old 03-24-04, 03:00 PM
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Don't sweat it being asbestos, there was a rubberback carpet installes there at one time. You can sand and refinish, but you probably won't save the existing finish.
 
 

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