Flooring without Breaking a Sweat
- Introduction on How
to Install Hardwood Flooring
to Install Floating
to Install Hardwood Floor Using the Nail
Hardwood Flooring with the Glue down
Hardwood Floors Using the Staple down
Hardwood Flooring without Breaking a
Hardwood Floor Effortlessly
floors come with a life
expectancy of around 40 years, but let’s face it, every now
and then, you will
feel the need to change them, either due to damage, design reasons or
because a new and improved type of floor is on the market and you want
it out. Removing hardwood flooring depends on several factors:
- how well the floor was installed
- what kind of hardwood floor you’re trying
to demo (if it’s glued to the ground, it’s
obviously harder to take down than if it’s a floating floor).
- the type of floor you want to install after you take
down the current one (if you’re installing a floating floor
afterwards, it’s ok if the ground is still slightly bumpy,
but if you’re installing glued floor, then the ground must be
absolutely clean and perfectly level).
Hardwood Flooring – Tools and Accessories
hammer – this is a great way to pick
up floor panels that are near a wall and can’t be grabbed or
taken off otherwise. In case of need, a claw hammer can also be quite
hammer – if you’re indo
hardwood flooring demolition, a sledge hammer is your most trusted
tool. Just make sure you only break the hardwood and not
scraper – this is a must-have if
dealing with glued floor.
crowbar/pry bar – After whacking
away with your sledge hammer, you can use the pry bar to pick up floor
circular saw (with extra blades) – you can cut
using a saw, then use the pry bar, but make sure you have some extra
blades handy, the initial ones will dull out after a while.
Hardwood Flooring – Preparation
when you’re installing the
hardwood, removing it doesn’t require as much preparation.
Basically, all you
need is to know what type of flooring method was used, so you can use
If you’re using a circular saw, you could cut
the floor up a bit
to make it easier to remove.
You will need to find the distance from
the top of
the floor to the ground, so that the blades don’t go through
the wood and reach
the concrete and break.
Hardwood Flooring –
Step by Step Instructions
up the floor, cutting it in 1-2 feet areas with a circular.
the floor with the sledge hammer systematically.
the crowbar to get under the shattered panels and pick them up.
the glue (if any) off the ground with the scraper.
up and start installing the new floor.
Hardwood Flooring –
you’ll have the hardest
time removing hardwood floors that were glued down, it’s only
fair to refer to
them when talking about cleaning up. The truth is, it’s a
messy procedure and
you won’t get off easy even when you’re done with
Saw dust from
the circular, pieces of wood that came as a result of the
pounding, or chunks of glue stripped from the ground by the
can amount to quite a messy scenario that you’ll have a hard
time cleaning up.
Arm yourself with patience.
to Install Floating Hardwood Floor –
- Start by removing the panels from the tongue part,
it’s easier this way
- Try to be an organized demolition man. Remove the
panels one by one instead of removing chunks of the floor. This creates
less mess and it’s less likely that the ground beneath will
suffer from the removal process.