removing vinyl flooring

Old 01-19-04, 10:19 AM
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removing vinyl flooring

I just started the process of removing vinyl tiles from my wood plank floor (previous owners threw this flooring on to "make it look better"). Needless to say, I wish they would have left it alone. Does anyone know of an easier way of removing besides the back breaking, slow paced, one by one, with a scraper and hammer, way? Would much appreciate any help I can get.
Old 01-19-04, 12:28 PM
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Try using a heat gun.
Old 01-19-04, 01:43 PM
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I have seen a post that recommends using a steamer to help out.
Maybe worth a shot.
If neither work, then total underlay tearout and reinstall is alot easier.
If you want to reuse a wood floor underneath though this is not an option of course.
Old 01-19-04, 08:18 PM
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I assume since your on the tile forum you plan on tiling this area?
Old 01-20-04, 05:38 AM
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Thanks for your responses. I will try the steam method. I have a heat gun and started to use it but I worried about fumes so decided against that.
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I'd be real careful with that steam method suggested!

You may end up swelling and cupping the plank flooring.

One by one, if you plan on saving the floor and not making a lot more work sanding out your damage.
Old 01-22-04, 04:38 AM
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Thank-you. I did consider that and was looking into it when I received your post.
Old 01-23-04, 03:26 AM
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If you have a large enough area, I'd get a Kango hammer and this little dealie:

The blade is somewhat flexible and is wide enough to not damage the planking. The better tool rental places have it on hand. You might want to print a picture of it to show them.


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