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Old 02-23-2013, 01:11 PM   #16
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Well, I couldn't figure out how to attach the pic (may be I don't have privilege to attach one), so here is a link: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11442752/photo-1.JPG

hopefully you can see a photo of one piece I removed. It is clearly glued to the sub-floor and there is nothing in between.

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Old 02-23-2013, 01:16 PM   #17
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Here is another picture of the floor from where I took off that piece: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11442752/photo-2.JPG
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:38 PM   #18
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If you have a circular saw----set the blade to cut the wood but miss the concrete--

Wear goggles and gloves----and start cross cutting the entire floor ---about two feet apart---

then use a flat bar and hammer and start breaking it up----

I have heard of a member that used a saws all with a long blade to cut the glue---
He laid the blade on the concrete and sawed between the concrete and the plank above----

I'm not sure that would be needed---just good to have as a 'plan B' if the stuff is really stuck to the floor---
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Posting pictures is possible--but they need to be resized---there are instructions here,someplace----
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I don't have a circular saw (After getting some feedback, I just bought a hardwood flooring saw kit that allows rip, cross-cut and miter).

Someone on yahoo suggested this method below Let me know what do you guys think of it:

"get an old thick bathroom towel - one you are willing to sacrifice cause it will probably not be usable after this project and a cheap steam iron like for ironing your clothes. you can pick one up for 8 to 12 bucks in most places. fill the iron with water put on highest steam setting. when iron is hot - lay the towel on the flooring and then iron it. working in small sections you will melt the glue under the floor enough that you can get a large putty knife under it and raise it up. the flooring make break off in chunks but that is ok. continue working in small sections until you have it all removed. at this point the towel will be sticky, you will be sticky, the subfloor will be sticky and the iron will be sticky and probably needs to be thrown away. to remove the stickiness/glue residue from the subfoor you will need to purchase a gallon of adhesive remover at your home improvement store and then follow the directions on it."
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Sounds slow---you will still need a good flat bar and hammer----if you have a second hand shop---see if they have an old steam iron----for a couple of bucks,that might have some use---it also might pop off using the hammer and flat bar without the steam iron----
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I end up getting a circular saw tonight. It is too loud so the project has been put on hold till tomorrow morning. I also got a floor chisel to rip the pieces.

Plan for tomorrow morning is to make cuts on the floor and then use the chisel to pry the floor.

I also bought some adhesive removing solution so that will be the second stage to clean the floor and then installation of the new floor.

I am planning to do all these things into a smaller area (about 150 sq feet) and hope to finish by late afternoon. It will largely depend upon how long it takes me to remove the flooring and clean the surface.

And yes, the flooring was not laminate flooring but engineered wood flooring.
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I'm sorry, I assumed the floor was wood. If you can get a recipricating saw with a 12" blade this works well by laying the blade flat and working it under the wood. It may take several blades.
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Status update on the project.

Glue is BAD BAD BAD!

I spend 2 hours taking the flooring off this morning - after making some cross cuts with the circular saw and using the floor chisel, the process went relatively better but I only got about 60 sq feet done (in that 2 hours, I spent most of the time taking break - I am pretty out of shape). I took an hour break and then spend another 2 hours (yes 2 hours) cleaning the adhesive. I had gotten some adhesive remover solution but it was a pretty slow process. I had to take a putty knife and scrape it slowly and I still did a pretty poor job. I will need to do this again.

I have about 500 sq feet remaining so it will take me a few weekends to finish the project. I will probably get a bigger pry crowbar and a bigger hammer.

I do a have question - at some places, the sub-floor came up with the glue/wood - what can I use to fill those spots? Also, does the surface need to be completely clear of glue before I put the new floor (it is a floating laminate flooring)?

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get one of these, with the handle. this will make short work of it.
http://www.google.com/search?q=the+b...w=1333&bih=748

get a 4 1/2" angle grinder and some grinding disks. this will grind the glue flat enough. just grind the glue till its flat with the floor. and get some dust masks .

concrete floor ? just get some mortor and fill the holes.

if you are floating the new stuff= you have to make the floor "flat". also, DO NOT use warped planks, even if the instructions say it is ok.

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