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Old 08-19-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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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

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Old 08-19-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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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.

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

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Thanks to you both, precious and jazman....That makes me feel much better that I can just hammer them down....
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  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
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I have always used a spud hoe. It will knock out or cut off most of them.
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we place 1/4" luan
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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we place 1/4" luan
Like Joe said, never ever use luan.

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