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Old 01-09-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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Removing a glued down hardwood floor.


I recently had to remove a glued down hardwood floor over concrete. Well, if you have ever done one, you know that it can be a real pain. I started out trying to use a pry bar and a hammer. Then I tried both large and small floor scrapers. Both worked but were painfully slow and back breaking.

I finally, by chance, tried a sawzall, and it made a tough job easy. I made a youtube video of it and I thought others might like to see it, should they ever need to rip out this type of floor.



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Wow--Very helpful video! Thanks for the time saving tip!

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Mike,

Thanks! I guess I could have shown in the video me using the hammer and prybar or the floor scrapers to show the dramatic difference the sawzall makes. But I didn't really want to make it a commercial for a sawzall. The video didn't really show it to well, but the glue underneath the floor is a very tacky, sticky substance, not a dryed solid like cement. When I used the prybar at first, many times the wood would break before the 1 foot section would come up. Thats how strong the glue is.

Also, sawzall makes a floor scraper attachment, but I broke two of these on some laminate flooring that I removed about a month prior. What seems to be going on here is the rapid movement of the blade is creating heat and helping the glue to release. Its almost like having a combination of a heat gun and scraper in one. And best of all the sawzall of doing the work!. I blistered my hands using the floor scraper!

I'm using a 9" Milwaukee Ax blade in the video.

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On dialup I can't load the video, but I'm sure it helps!

Thanks for posting!

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I think the video was just fine---By the time someone finds that video,they already know about scrapers!

That flooring glue is almost like rubber cement --with a bad attitude--

I've broken a scraper or two trying to pry up that stuff---The Sawsall sure did make that job easier--Thanks again.--Mike--
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That's thinking outside the box... Smart stuff.
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What seems to be going on here is the rapid movement of the blade is creating heat and helping the glue to release. Its almost like having a combination of a heat gun and scraper in one. And best of all the sawzall of doing the work!. .
Gets me thinking. How about plain heat, using a hair dryer or a (clothes) iron?
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Perhaps someone that CAN see the video could tell me what he did?

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I will have to remove glues hardwood from a wood floor. I am sure it will be a real pain in the butt... seeing this method with a sawzall is definitely something I hadn't thought of trying, but I definitely will when the time comes.

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Gets me thinking. How about plain heat, using a hair dryer or a (clothes) iron?

I have a Milwaukee Heat Gun and have tried to use it on the glue after removing the flooring planks. The heat gun helps but produces alot of smell due to burning the glue at times. There is glue left on the floor after using the sawzall method, but I found it to be minimal if you keep the sawzall blade as flush with the concrete as possible. After you get started, try appling steady pressure to the sawzall to move accross the glue but also keep slight downward pressure on the sawzall (to make the teeth of the blade piont toward the concrete slightly). The idea is for the sawzall blade to cut through the glue and not cut into the wood at all.

Once you get the technique down, whole planks will come up with no wood left on the floor. Just a light film of glue will be left.
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On dialup I can't load the video, but I'm sure it helps!

Thanks for posting!

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He has a room full of glued down engineered hard wood flooring--

After using a skilsaw to make relief cuts about 18" apart---

He ran a long sawsall blade under the old flooring and very quickly released the board by cutting the glue---
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Ah! Cool, I was imagining a rigged up old putty knife blade on the sawzall.... lol


Hey! That might have worked too! But kinda 'thumpy' to work with.... sort of like a jackhammer....

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Guys,

After making that first video, I wanted to make another that showed what I was up against using a prybar. That first video made it look like there really wasn't to much glue under the floor. In the second video, you'll be able to really tell.

I have been working in another room, so we begin at about the same area of the house. I hope everyone enjoys the video, and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see on youtube about the floor.

I recently completed a tile floor which was done using hardy cement board over a plywood subfloor. I really wish I had made step by step youtube video's of that but I'm already finished. Anyway, hope you like the video!

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Danger Mouse--This is your seeing eye dog----Man on his knees--stuck to the glue covered floor--

Banging in a flat bar --time and time again--prying a stuck chunk of flooring loose--

it breaks free---man pulls board from floor--can't throw it away--board stuck to glove--

Thank God you aren't deaf--my sign language typing is dismal---Mike--
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Danger Mouse--This is your seeing eye dog----Man on his knees--stuck to the glue covered floor--

Banging in a flat bar --time and time again--prying a stuck chunk of flooring loose--

it breaks free---man pulls board from floor--can't throw it away--board stuck to glove--

Thank God you aren't deaf--my sign language typing is dismal---Mike--
I'm sorry.... could you repeat that?
Sounds like a certain 3 stoogey type fellows I remember seeing somewhere....
Is it in black and white? LOL

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