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Old 02-26-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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How To Remove Luan

I am taking up the linoleum in the bathroom so I can install tile. The laun seems to be glued down and I am trying to figure out what is the best way to get under the laun to remove the linoleum and luan. I would have thought that I could get under the edge at the door transition at the hallway, but this stuff (luan) is really sealed tight with an adhesive. The bathroom is only about 32 sq ft. of floor. There is an air register in the floor as well and the same issue with the adhesive holding the luan down. Wherever I try to pry up to get started, it just wants to rip and shread the luan. Any suggestions?



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Old 02-26-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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Yep, thats what it does. Get a small flat pry bar, and a hammer, and some safety glasses....Then proceed to take out all your frustrations on that floor. Mine was glued and stapled down. Have to go back and pull all the staples, or hammer them in.



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So I should take the flat pry bar and force it between the luan and the plywood and basically split it away from the plywood? I will try that and hopefully they did not totally cover the surface with adhesive.


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If you just attack the luan and there was a lot of adhesive, then you will very likely mar the subfloor so badly you will need to use resurfacing compound (before you can put even a new sheet of luan down).

One thing worth trying, ironing the floor to see if heat softens the adhesive.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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It will be a pain. Luan is never to be glued down, so it was probably an amateur. So you may find other surprises.
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Re: How To Remove Luan

I see this posting is pretty old but for those who maybe looking for an answer, it sometimes is just easier to take up the subflooring and replace it. I have saved a lot of time that way.


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