removing carpet

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Old 11-30-04, 06:37 AM
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removing carpet

i just purchased a carpet for my family room. i got a good price because i agreed to rip up the old one myself.

i went home and started to rip it up, and found a nice surprise: under the top carpet is another carpet, glued down to a tile floor, which is on top of the wood plank subfloor.

the carpet guy said i only need remove the two carpets, he can recarpet over the tile.

problem is, the glued down carpet is really hard to get up, and parts of the tile are coming up with the carpet.

i'm guessing he can skimcoat where parts of the tile come up, correct?

any suggestions on how to get the glued down carpet up?

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Old 11-30-04, 07:33 AM
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I would use one of the long handled scrapers that look like a hoe but with the blade straight out. Be careful not to dig into the tile and use a hand scraper where you can.
Since the carpet layer said he could carpet over the tile he probably meant "over smooth tile surface" Unless he said he would skimcoat the bad spots, don't take it as gospel. Check with him as you may have to do the repairs yourself. He is giving you a price on carpet install ONLY. No repairs or coming back AFTER the repairs dry. Good luck.
 
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Is this a ceramic tile coming up or is it an old vinyl tile with balck adhesive underneath?
 
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it is a vinyl tile with the black adhesive underneath.


i called a carpenter friend of mine, he suggested cutting it into 1foot wide strips and pulling, possibly putting some paint thinner under it as well. does this sound like a good idea?
 
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Old 11-30-04, 11:28 AM
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If you use ANY flammable solvent, make sure you have pilot lights and any other form of ignition turned off. This includes the refrigerator. Just a safety warning. People often forget about the obvious. Good luck.
 
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