Rusting tackstrips


Old 10-02-08, 08:23 AM
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Rusting tackstrips

Hi- We got flood damages in the basement and are in the process of getting new carpet and padding.

The question I have is about the tackstrips. The wood looks moldy (dark) and the nails rusty.

Some people say I should have them replaced, some say that it will damage the cement and I shouldn't. What shall I do???
Old 10-02-08, 11:25 AM
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Leave them. They will dry out if they are not dry already. It will tearout the concrete and make it a bear to put the new strip in. If tackless needs to be replaced, just put new strip up against the old strip and leave it alone.
Old 10-07-08, 09:12 PM
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If they are water damaged, they need to be replaced.

Damage to the concrete is minimal, if done right and what damage is done from even a hasty removal, is easily corrected, with a little portland cement patching compound.

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