03:33PM | 12/03/01
Member Since: 12/02/01
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We pulled up some awful old tile in our front hall and found hardwood floor that is in pretty good shape. The problem is that there is a strip of tarpaper going across the area that will not come up. Any suggestions???? Please help.


08:53AM | 12/17/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Sami,
I consulted with a floor refinisher that I use for some jobs. His reply was to try your hair dryer to soften the tar to scrape it up first and then to use turpentine to wipe up the residue. This fellow has done wonderful work in the past and I see no reason to doubt him. He also said that the turpentine, not paint thinner, should not hurt the original finish.
Good Luck, Len

This Old Barn

07:10AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 01/02/02
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Sam...I agree with Len's advice. We had a very similar situation in this old house. Only...that felt-backed tar paper was covering our entire kitchen floor! It was one messy job but we scraped it all off by hand. It turned out great...but it will take alot of time and patience!


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