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Old 10-17-2011, 08:23 PM   #1
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My kitchen has 2 layers of peal & stick tile. Under that is a sub floor then hardwood floors. Between the sub floor and hardwood flooring there is some kind of hard cardboard like sticky material. how do I get that sticky cardboard like material up without ruining the hardwood underneath?

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There is a sub floor over my hardwood floor in the kitchen. In between the two is a thin stiff sticky cardboard like material. How do I remove the sticky cardboard like material without ruining the hardwood underneath?

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There is a sub floor over my hardwood floor in the kitchen. In between the two is a thin stiff sticky cardboard like material. How do I remove the sticky cardboard like material without ruining the hardwood underneath?
Very carefully.

All joking aside......depends on what the material reall is. I would try a hair dryer to warm up a section and see if it lifts up. If it's sticky...then heat will most likely make it easier to remove.

If that does not work....then expect to do a lot of work. Pretty much figure on having to completely redo the floor.
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Without seeing a picture I can only give you an educated guess.

The card board looking stuff is Masonite---Paper fibers compressed with glue--

Get under an edge with a flat pry bar and start pealing it up--drive the flat bar under with a hammer as far as you can----then smack the raised area with the hammer.

The Masonite will break --allowing you to work on smaller pieces at a time.

Two flat bars speed things up.

I think you will find staples---good luck with those..----Let us know if you do--Some of the members have good ideas on that issue.---Mike---
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I just reread your post----that glued down card board stuff could be whats left from an old vinyl floor covering---See if you can post a picture.
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I will be ripping out the sub floor in the morning and will post a pic then. Thanks
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That layer is probably the 1/4" underlayment which should have been stapled on to the hardwood to make a good base for the vinyl tiles.....Probably. Could be Masonite, luaun or ?

BTW, it is not a subfloor, it's an underlayment. The subfloor is the thick layer of wood on the joists, the hardwood is nailed to the subfloor.

You need to remove it, but we don't know what you plan to do after. What kind of flooring will you be installing? Pics will help.

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