||04-07-2012 01:09 PM
Removing double layer of linoleum
I've removed lino before and realize what a pain it can be, but this latest job I've taken on is in a league of its own!
We just bought a home where the second bathroom has two layers of linoleum we wish to remove in order to lay down ceramic tile, but getting rid of the lino is easier said than done. The first layer is the old rollout variety, while the second layer is of the square tile type. Neither layer is proving easy to remove at all - the top layer doesn't want to come up for love or money, and trying to to sidestep the issue by simply going for the lower layer and pulling up both at the same time doesn't work either - much as I try cutting through to give the long-handled scraper enough purchase to get underneath the lino and scrape the stuff up off the concrete it just doesn't work - it's so well-adhered that the best I can do is scrape up tiny chunks which don't leave enough of an edge for the scraper to get back under on the next pass.
As I only have about 25 square feet of the stuff to pull up I though the job would be relatively easy, but not this stuff. On previous work I've usually found that it isn't that hard to get the lino up, usually just leaving the paper backing, which then just needed soaking - anything left over could easily be tiled over. But the stuff I'm working on is breaking up at the plastic level most of the time.
Any ideas on how to beat this stuff - short of burning the house down or simply selling it and buying an easier rehab project?