02:27PM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 03/13/04
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What is the best way to remove linoleum? I started yesterday and it looks like it is going to be a long and drawn out project. I did not realize what all was involved.

I bought some parquet wood 12X12 panels to cover my kitchen floor. I was told I should remove the linoleum. Well, I started and realized there is old linoleum underneath. The linoleum on top is really glued on good. I peel the top layer and the paper underneath is sticking to the floor.

How do I go about removing it?


11:45AM | 03/15/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
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how old are the two lino floors?


01:58PM | 03/15/04
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The one on top was put in in 98. The one under is I am not sure. I assume late 70's. It is gold lino. I know about the asbestos. So, I will not attempt to remove the bottom lino. I just need to know how to get off the top layer.


02:10PM | 03/15/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
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how about a heat gun and a putty knife.

It's gonna be tough.


02:37PM | 03/15/04
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So, this project entails more than I predicted. I assume most home improvement projects are like that.

A blow torch and putty knife. What about a hair dryer? Will that work?


02:38PM | 03/15/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
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blow torch may be a tad extreme, but a hairdryer would be a start.


04:42PM | 03/15/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Amy,

I'm not a big fan of using a blowtorch in the house. Obvious fire hazard.

I wonder if it might be easier to screw new plywood to the top of the lino, then lay your new flooring atop that? I have done this in the past. The worst thing is that it raises the height of the floor--but this may not be a problem(?)

As for your comment about "most" home improvement projects being more work than you true! :)

Good luck,

-k2 in CO


04:51PM | 03/02/07
Member Since: 03/01/07
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I'm removing linoleum that was put down in 1992 or 1993. Is this linoleum asbestos free?


04:07AM | 03/03/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
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Yes, it is free of asbestos. That practice was stopped by the mid 80s'.
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