07:43AM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 12/25/02
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Hi Everyone,
I am moving to my new house and in the living room and dinning area I have waal to wall carpet which I want to remove and I did asked the previous owner and he told me that there is a hard wood floor underneath. Could you please tell me how to remove the carpet and then finish the hard wood floor.

Any help is appriciated.



11:27AM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Grab a corner really tight, and PULL.

There is no science to it. Just rip and roll it up. You might also want to make a long cut through the middle of the room with a utility knife so as to pull the carpet up in manageable pieces.

You will probably have carpet tack strips along the edges. Be careful of those because the tacks stick upwards to hold the carpet in place.

The padding will probably be glued down to the floor under the carpet. Just rip it up. Home Centers carry adhesive remover that will usually take care of the glue used to hold the padding down.


02:32AM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
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I would also suggest wearing a dust mask during removal. There's nothing like breathing in years of someone else's dust to get your allergies going. One last suggestion is to use a pry-bar to remove the tack strips and not a screw driver. It will be much faster and you'll put less scratches in your hardwood.


02:33AM | 02/02/03
Member Since: 02/01/03
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I have torn up the carpet in two different very large living rooms. One in an apartment and one in a house built in 1924. In both cases, the carpet came up easily and the padding was stapled into the wood floors. I have been successfull with using a flat head screwdriver and a pair of pliers to pull up the staples. BE VERY CAREFULL! Only get the tip of the screwdriver under the staple so that the staple lifts slightly out of the board, then use the pliers and pull straight up on it.

The tack strips are a royal pain. I didn't want to have to refinish my floors due to scratches around the edges from a pry bar, so my handy dandy flat head screwdriver was used along with a hammer. I would place the screwdriver flat on the floor and hammer it towards the wall. *NOT INTO THE FLOORING* Then I would press DOWN on the handle of the screwdriver to raise the tack strip. I placed a piece of cloth on the floor so the hammer didn't scratch it, hooked the tackboard and gave a big pull.

It is long and tedious work, but you could get the entire room done in one day if you work steady. If you have an extra pair of hands, there is no doubt you will be done in one day.

Most trash services don't take this type of bulky item. Sometimes if you call the company, they can have a special pick-up. Otherwise, take the old carpet to the city dump. Should only cost $5-10.

Good Luck!


01:59PM | 08/09/13
I have built in furniture over my wall-t-wall & I'm wondering whether / how to cut along the edge of the furniture - what's the best tool to avoid scratching the floor & to get a clean edge?


09:31PM | 08/12/13
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
There should be tack strips along the edge of the built ins...if the built ins were installed on top of the carpeting, can you pull off the trim at the bottom of the built in and cut the carpet close to the furniture and then put the trim back on? Or consider adding trim to the bottom?


07:28AM | 08/13/13
Member Since: 08/06/13
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you better consult any of the good interior designer.

Bob Vila

02:06PM | 10/02/13
Member Since: 07/07/11
51 lifetime posts
Hi there,

Great question! I thought others might be interested in the conversation, so I answered it here!

Good luck with the carpet — and thanks for the question!

-Bob Vila
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