DIY Home Improvement Forum banner

refinishing hardwood floors that have particle board over them

1906 Views 3 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  pinwheel45
I bought a house that has hardwood floors throughout but the previous owner used ring nails and put particle board over the top of it as a subfloor and laid carpet. What is the best way to take up the particle board with as little damage to the hardwood floor as possible? I am doing all the work myself (family members know how to do it but won't help) and I really don't know what I'm doing.
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
Although it's going to be more time consuming, I would recomend trying to locate & remove the nails with the particle board in place rather than sawing it into smaller sections. #1, you run the risk of sawing too deep & damaging the flooring underneath the particle board. #2, directly on the hardwood could damage the floor. I would buy a pry bar that digs into the particle board & gets under the nail head. We called them a cats claw, or sheeps foot. I don't know the real name, but they do work well. Good luck with the project.
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.