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Old 06-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Tiles are up, now how should I go about removing this plywood?


I want the floors level so I have to remove the plywood that was under the tile. It appears who ever put the file down (besides doing it incorrectly) used A LOT of screws and since it's been here for ~30 years most are rusted and wont come out. Should I just burn a balde on my circular saw and cut it into strips? I tried prying it up but my back hurts already.
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Going to need a Toe Kick saw for the outside edges, A sawalls for the outside corners and any place the Toe Saw will not reach. Then you can cut between the joist.
A Gutster bar will rip it right out.
Northern Tool sells them.
http://www.thegutster.com/

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Joe,

The joists have nothing to do with this, he's removing the underlayment, not the subfloor.

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How thick is that underlayment? What new flooring will you be installing and what's on the adjacent floors?

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Joe,

The joists have nothing to do with this, he's removing the underlayment, not the subfloor.

Ryan,

How thick is that underlayment? What new flooring will you be installing and what's on the adjacent floors?

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It appears to be 1/2" I'm putting matching hardwoods all over thus the need to tear it up and level it with the other subfloor.

I tried slicing with a circular saw but it still takes a ridiculous amount of energy to pry it up after. There was to be a dozen screws per sq/ft. Crazy.
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I tried slicing with a circular saw but it still takes a ridiculous amount of energy to pry it up after.
You need the right tool, one that gives you leverage. But no one said it's gonna be easy.

Can we assume the subfloor is at least 5/8 or maybe 3/4" thick?

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You need the right tool, one that gives you leverage. But no one said it's gonna be easy.

Can we assume the subfloor is at least 5/8 or maybe 3/4" thick?

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Subfloor is 3/4". I have a 3' pry bar I've been using it's just those screws are really no match for it. No joke, a screw about every 2-3 inches most of which I can't see because of the left over thin set.

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seems to me, that you are going to have to make a zillion cuts. then pry up the little pieces.
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A roofing shovel will work best in this case.
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Yeah, this ain't working. 1.5 days of word and I've moved about 18".

Picking up the roofing shovel, we'll see if that helps.
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