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fjlcisco21 08-19-2009 08:52 PM

Removing Staples from Plywood underlayment
Man, there's got to be a better way to do this than pulling one by one with pliers..:(..It's thousands of them here and It will take me four full days!!!.....Can I beat them down? It's there a tool I can buy or rent? Do I need to smooth the 3/4" plywood with portland cement before I put down the ditra membrane with modified mortar?.....Any advise is greatly appreciated

preciouschristy 08-19-2009 10:03 PM

I'm with you. I was pulling them out with pliers too. I did find, however, that if you use a long-handled floor scraper, and scrape the plywood with it, it will actually pop quite a few of the staples out, or at least make them easier to remove with pliers.

Good luck

JazMan 08-20-2009 12:04 AM

No need to remove them, pound them into the subfloor. Only go back and remove the stubborn rascals that got bent while hammering.


fjlcisco21 08-20-2009 07:07 AM

Thanks to you both, precious and jazman....That makes me feel much better that I can just hammer them down....:thumbup:

MI-Roger 08-20-2009 07:07 AM

  1. Hammer
  2. Fence pliers
  3. Channel Lock pliers - grab then roll the staple out like with the fence pliers, easier than pulling
  4. Garden rake - pull towards you to yank the suckers out
  5. Silage fork (ensilage fork) - like a pitchfork but with many closely spaced tines

rusty baker 08-20-2009 07:11 AM

I have always used a spud hoe. It will knock out or cut off most of them.

stadry 08-20-2009 09:44 AM

we place 1/4" luan :yes:

Snav 08-20-2009 12:56 PM

How's the hammering going? Some flooring permits it - some don't.

I found the easiest thing was to just use a demolition crowbar and a hammer. Stand over the staple, set the the crooked end of the crowbar against the staple and whack it with the hammer ... usually they pop right up.

pinwheel45 08-22-2009 10:37 AM


Originally Posted by rusty baker (Post 316804)
I have always used a spud hoe. It will knock out or cut off most of them.

That's my answer. We can clear a 12x12 room of tack strip & staples in about 15 minutes with a flat bar & a spud hoe.

Dawn85 04-07-2012 07:21 PM

removing staples
I am remodeling my bathroom and have searched the internet for a tool to remove staples. I tried everything!!!! Then my daughter and I went to home depot to look for some sort of took that would work better than pliers or a pry bar. My daughter found a cotter pin extractor, worked WONDERS!!! it's the best 7$ I ever spent.

joecaption 04-07-2012 07:50 PM

Louon is not a sutable underlayment for any type of flooring, except carpet, and I guess it would be ok for laimite.
It causes glue reliece, staining, and has voids in the plys.
And should never be used anyplace tile is going to be installed.

rusty baker 04-07-2012 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by itsreallyconc (Post 316858)
we place 1/4" luan :yes:

Like Joe said, never ever use luan.

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