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Old 01-04-2009, 04:37 PM   #1
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Removing a parkay floor over cement


Does anyone know of any tricks to removing a parkay floor over a cement subfloor? The flooring is in a church which had water covering two thirds of the floor from a storm. This created a bunch of popped up tiles. We fixed the leak outside and are ready to install new flooring. Since the water popped up the parkay before, we were thinking of intentionally flooding the floor for easier removal. Does anyone have any other suggestions.

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I used a heavy duty floor scraper, flat prybar, and hammer. Floor scraper is about 4' long with a handle and foot rest.

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either the above suggestion or if you bought the flooring from a place that also sells carpet they have this small tool that vibrates as it scape's for taking up carpet that was glued down.It workers great on any kind of flooring.I don't know what they call it but they should let you borrow it for a bit mine did and it made very short work of all types of flooring that was glued down

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It really depends on how well the parquet is adhered to the concrete. Some areas may be loose while others stuck like crazy. I would avoid water, as you never know where it may travel. Under walls etc creating mold problems.

A spud bar may work or if it's like a parquet floor I pulled up about 15 years ago that was installed in the 70's, an electric jack hammer was the only solution. That was before actual hardwood flooring adhesives..and that stuff was stuck! I think it was something like 100 square feet that took 10 hours!

The other suggestions are well warranted too.

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Go out and get a couple of "shingle eaters" every roofer should have one or go out to your local Allied Building Products.
Once you get under the floor you should be able to keep tearing it up.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will let you know how it turns out.

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