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Old 01-23-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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M ready to pull up my linoleum from concrete. any suggestion on how to do this easily? Pass experiences or problems welcome

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What do you plan on putting down once it's gone?
How old is it?

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What do you plan on putting down once it's gone? How old is it?
The floor is about 20 years old. I plan laying 16x16 ceramic tile.
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when a guy took my vinyl up to install tile he had a long handled scraper. He showed me his hands when he was done and he had big blisters.
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It's a bear most of the time. If you're lucky any adhesive has been broken down over the years of being sandwiched between the linoleum and the concrete and it will pull right up. If not, well, the long-handled scraper that Startingover mentioned will be your friend. If that doesn't work you may have to heat up the flooring with a heat gun to reactivate the adhesive and pull up sections at a time. If it's adhered by that nasty black stuff, that's the worst. The flooring may peel up, but the black stuff remains on the floor and then you have to scrape and sand and scrape and sand.
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It's a bear most of the time. If you're lucky any adhesive has been broken down over the years of being sandwiched between the linoleum and the concrete and it will pull right up. If not, well, the long-handled scraper that Startingover mentioned will be your friend. If that doesn't work you may have to heat up the flooring with a heat gun to reactivate the adhesive and pull up sections at a time. If it's adhered by that nasty black stuff, that's the worst. The flooring may peel up, but the black stuff remains on the floor and then you have to scrape and sand and scrape and sand.
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If you do encounter the black adhesive (if it's only 20 years old you will not)

No sanding---the black cutback might contain asbestos and should not be sanded.

There are two types of long handled scrapers---a simple flat bladed one--good for removing the bulk of the floor covering--

And a long handled razor scraper--this uses a razor knife and will remove the adhesive down to the concrete---

If the stuff is tough to remove--use hot soapy water---never a solvent of any type.
Solvents will soak into the slab and become a bond breaker for the thinset.
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when a guy took my vinyl up to install tile he had a long handled scraper. He showed me his hands when he was done and he had big blisters.
Slow learners get big blisters and all others wear gloves for certain tasks.

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