COMMUNITY FORUM

supere

09:34AM | 07/02/03
Member Since: 07/01/03
2 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Ok I have two questions


  • First Question: I recently bought a house and they put this awful carpet over the hardwood floor. So I ripped up the carpet and all the floors are in great condition. My problem is there are tons of strips around the base of the floor where they tacked the carpets. How do I remove them without scratching the finish? I tried a screwdriver with some tape around it, in a hidden area but it still scratched it.
  • Second Question: They painted some stensils on some of the ceramic tiles in the kitchen. Is there and easy way to remove the paint without damaging the tile?


    Thanks,

    SuperE

  • Graham Flooring

    02:20PM | 07/02/03
    first answer.
    Nope .. the tack strip is in and down steady. You will need a pry bar .. and some elbow grease. you can fill the holes in with putty .. and clean up the scratches with some old english .
    Second answer.
    Yeah .. have you tried some mineral spirits? Paint thinner?
    Try that first.

    willies all thumbs

    09:42AM | 07/04/03
    Member Since: 10/03/02
    55 lifetime posts
    Use a nail puller on the nail heads, pull them out of the strip instead of slipping something under the strip. Rangshank nails, they'll resist pulling.

    k2

    10:11AM | 07/04/03
    Member Since: 06/06/03
    1250 lifetime posts
    Welcome supere,

    Just an idea....Years ago we dealt with old tack strips on a beautiful hardwood floor. The holes left by tackstrips were about 1" or so in from the walls. We ended up using "brickmold" trim (which was wide enough to cover all nasty residual effects from the tack strips) and covered the brickmold with another layer of trim. We painted both one color--which was great-- but I've seen some more creative people put a stained wood trim layer between the brickmold and other trim--this can be really spectacular.

    This probably wouldn't work in all applications (such as contemporary houses) because it kind of lends a "big" built-up look, but it was a great way to deal with our situation (more traditional home).

    By the way, wear gloves when dealing with those tackstrips; you probably already figured this out. Good luck!


    Click_to_reply_button
    Inspiration_banner

    INSPIRATION GALLERY



    Post a reply as Anonymous

    Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

    Reply_choose_button

    captcha
    type the code from the image

    Anonymous

    Post_new_button or Login_button
    Register

    Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
    Follow_banner_a
    Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
     
    webapp2