Removing glued carpet pad??


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Old 11-22-04, 09:12 AM
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Removing glued carpet pad??

When we tore the old carpeting out of our bedroom, we discovered this black, glued down carpet pad material (we're not even sure if it's really a pad or just the bottom of the carpet they glued to the floor).

We've tried scraping it with a spade and that seems to remove the top layer of it, but it takes a LOT of scraping to get down to the plywood sub-floor. We're thinking of either doing hardwood or a real light burbur carpet in the room, but can't decide what's going to be the easiest and look the nicest.

Does anyone know of a good/easy way to remove the glue stuff, or are we better off just trying to lay the new floor right on top of it??

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Old 11-22-04, 12:49 PM
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Good old rubber back. Rent a floor scraper machine.
 
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Old 11-22-04, 10:46 PM
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We just went through this ourselves. We don't have a plywood subfloor, but cement (house on a slab).

We bought an adhesive remover from Home Depot... look in the paint department. You pore it on, let it sit 10-20 minutes, than use a long-handles floor scraper to scrap it off. It worked pretty well.

If you're going to cover it back up anyway, you don't need to get it down to the plywood, just smooth enough to allow for laying the floor or carpet. We did Legato carpet tiles over our floor and all was fine.

Good luck!
 
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Old 11-23-04, 03:36 PM
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Don't use a solvent. Rent the stripper, it will take less time and claen uo will be able to be done with a broom. Solvents are aa true bond breaker for anythig that will be adhered to the floor in the future. You can also use a wallpaper scraper, it will take a little longer. Scraper good, solvent messy.
 
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Old 11-28-04, 09:43 PM
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a few things you can do here.

1.) Rent the floor scrapper as was suggested. The only thing you may have a problem with is, you said its "plywood", Floor scrappers can dig into plywood pretty good. if you are not an experienced user, you may regret renting this. If its bumpy (and i know there are seams in the plywood!) even worse.

PS. Ive never had any luck with solvents for a host of reasons.

2.) Get a manual scrapper and do the best you can with 10 inch blades.

3.) Channel it out. If your putting carpet in over this, and the rubber is dry and odorless (to your liking) Cut about 2 inches of the perimeter out (Channel it out) so tackless can go there and then pad & carpet over it. If the rubber is substantial in density you may want to get a thinner (maybe denser too) pad so the pad doesnt ride up higher than the tackless strip. If the pad is TOO high, the carpet will be too high above the tackless. Is why Industry standard is 7/16 and 1/2 inch pad is actually not as desireable.

If you want to put hardwood down or any other hard goods, check with the installer, see how he feels. With these new laminates they can go over "some" things. Ask him to check out your room.


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