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Old 06-15-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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Removing glued down underlay

I decided to rip up very old carpet on my stairs only to find a very nasty surprise of very well glued down underlay. I was able to scrape off most of the black under lay but now i am left with a set of black nasty stairs and all the glue. What is the best and quickest way to remove? What type of sander can i use or what type of stripper is the best? I need to do this myself as it is a rented house (don't tell my landlord i'll break that news after i fix it ).


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Old 06-15-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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you need to use a sharp scraper. Sanders will not do it they will only clog. Adhesive removes are available but too costly and too messy for what you are working on.


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Old 06-15-2009, 12:17 PM   #3
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I fought a similar battle recently. Hand scraper and doing it on one's knees was not going to do... I got a scraper on a long handle - one could stand up and use it. Was still a lot of work and not getting it all. Then rented a power scraper from Home Depot. That did it.
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