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Old 06-22-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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i want to rip up my carpet and just have the bare hardwood floors. tired of the carpeted look. the wood is oak, or at least the wood in the living room is. a test section i did some time ago looks fine--not perfect, but better than the hideous carpet.

is this as simple as removing the carpet and wiping off any residue from glues etc.? or am I going to have to sand and refinish the floor, even if it was already finished at one point in its life (carpet is, I'd estimate, 15 years old; house 1950s)? the latter isn't something i want to do right now. i of course have no idea what's under the carpet (presumably the carpet was laid for a reason), but i'm more wondering if, regardless of the floor's condition, i have to redo the floors. if that's the case, this idea gets shoved away until i have time to do it properly.

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It really depends on if it was glued down or not. If it was, you have to scrape as much glue off, then sand. We got lucky with our wood floors, and only had tack strips holding the carpet down, with the floors in amazing shape. No work needed with ours, other than tearing up the old carpeting and pulling the strips.

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I would be willing to guess that your beautiful hardwood floors under your carpet, have pad and tack strip. Removing the carpet is easy and the strip. Just get colored wood filler and your good to go. If you want a new look, solid old school floors can be sanded and finished. Made to look brand new. You will also need to install new quarter rounds on top of the wood after carpet removal. Sounds like fun. Good luck.
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