Is there an easy way to pull up plywood underlay?

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Old 02-20-09, 04:05 PM
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Is there an easy way to pull up plywood underlay?

I am preparing my floors for the hardwoord floor crew to install the flooring. I pulled the carpet in living room/diniing room. In the kitchen and entry hall are two layers of vinyl with plywood underlay. I want the plywood to go from one are to another wothout any transition.

I have started with a prybar and hammer. It is a slow process. Is there a trick to speed it up?

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Old 02-20-09, 05:16 PM
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Hi 89 and welcome to the board,
I assume it was nailed down. If so, sometimes it is easier to just start pulling nails. Pick up a cats paw or similar tool that gouges into the wood behind the nail and allows you to get a hold of it. Even if you can't get all of them, the pry bar work will be a lot easier. I hope they didn't glue it

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Old 02-21-09, 04:36 AM
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Thanks, they were nailed

They are nailed down with shank nails - alot of them.

I was hoping not to have to remove all the tiles brfore lifting the plywood.

I was thinking of taking a circular saw to cut the pieces into smaller slices - maybe a foot or two across. Any thoughts?

To correct my first note

"I want the plywood to go from one"

should have read I want the hardwood to go from
 

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Old 02-21-09, 01:26 PM
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The circular saw set to just cut the underlayment is a good idea. Manageable size pieces will come out a lot easier.
 
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Old 02-21-09, 03:03 PM
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It's working

Thanks Jan2,
I have made steady progress with 1 foot strips cut with the circular saw set to the depth of the underlay.

There are two layers of plywood and lots of little nails. Also in there are some screws and staples holding down the bottom layer. No glue or builders adhesive - thank goodness!.

I was able to pry up the two layers with vinyl on top as long as I had the 1 foot strips cut.

It is still slow but much more promissing.
 
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Old 02-21-09, 06:19 PM
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A good set of knee pads will help
 
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