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01:22PM | 10/07/01
Member Since: 08/12/01
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Any suggestions for removing carpet tacking strips that have been nailed to a hardwood floor?

I can't get a hammer claw underneath them without splintering the strips.


08:53PM | 10/08/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
There are several ways, purchase a small wonder bar (about 5" long) hit right at the nail, or use a (GASP!) wood chisel. The tack strip will splinter almost no matter what you do.

Jay J

07:21AM | 10/10/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi thorr-kan,

... And when you 'pry' up the strip, put a piece of wood UNDER the bar so you don't 'gouge' the hardwood. It would be best to pry at the end and slowly work your way along the strip to 'lift' it off the floor just enough BEFORE you rip it up. If you pry and rip, you'll have a harder go at it. Pry, pry, and pry again ALLLLLL the way along the strip, and once it's been entirely 'lifted', go ahead and remove it (whilst using a scrap piece of wood under the pry bar.)

RE: Tiling at the front door, I know that it's usually recommended to use a backerboard as a base for the tile and adhesive; not wood (and most certainly NOT the vinyl.) Backerboard won't 'rot' if wet. However, you may have a problem with the door opening and closing no matter which 'method' you use.

You'll need to measure the thickness of the tile and the backerboard (if you decide to use the latter) to see if the new 'height' will interfere w/your door. If it does, you have 2 choices: 1) have the door cut, or 2) 'lower' your floor. Regarding #2, you may find that there is a thin layer of plywood, or something under the tile. If it turns out to be 3/4" sub-flooring, well, take a step back and decide if tiling is the way to go. (If it is, you MAY have to cut your front door.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


09:25AM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Thorr,
What I use for removing tacking strips is an " ice chopper" I layer the back with duct tape and hold it very close to the strip and push. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the strips and DO NOT kneel on them.

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