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Old 09-06-2011, 05:56 AM   #1
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Ruined subfloor removal

Our cat destroyed most of the subfloor in our guest bedroom and it looks/smells like it needs to be replaced. Taking it out is a real pain in the ass (nailed and glued down), any suggestions on making it go faster? Also the subfloor around the perimeter of the room is sandwiched between the framing for the room. Do we just rip it out as close to it as possible and add a block to the floor joist attach the new subfloor to?


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Old 09-06-2011, 06:06 AM   #2
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There are enzyme type treatments that actually gobble up that cat odor, so don't get out the saw yet. Natures Miracle is one but there are others. Spray it on the wood, let it sit, then seal the wood with poly, shellac or similar. As far as looks go, subfloors are supposed to be covered with something anyhow, hardwood flooring, laminate, carpet with underlayment, etc.


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Old 09-06-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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Removing subfloor is often done with a SkilSaw---rip the flooring down the center of the joist bay and just rock it out.

Don't cut to deep or you will be hitting electrical and heating---

Cut no closer than 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the walls---this will give you a place to install blocking for attaching the new work.

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a heavy duty scraper usually does the trick cleaning up the joists if any of the glue bonded well...usually regular subfloor glue/basic construction adhesive comes up pretty easily.

set your circular saw for the proper depth to make your cuts without fear of cutting anything important/notching the joists.
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