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07:39AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 02/10/03
23 lifetime posts
In attempting to expose the beautiful wood floors that are hidden under 1970's shag carpet, we found that the previous owner had glued the carpet down in one room only...10' x 10'. Any suggestions on how to get the carpet out without damaging the wood floors?


07:58AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
pull up everything you can,then use an adhesive remover available from your local home center. ( does the carpet have an attached pad,like rubberback) if so there is no possible thing, is the carpet held down by wax on the flooring?

Dave Anderson

01:21AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 10/23/02
41 lifetime posts
What is it about the 70's?? Anyhow, we had the same deal, but in a kitchen, no less. We pulled up what we could and then a spent a few evenings with a wide putty knife scraping up the adhesive that I could get to. Then we rented a commercial sander and took the oak down to the bare wood, re-stained to match the oak in the rest of the house, and finished it off with some coats of Poly. Very nice! My only complaint is that I can see some sanding divots from the sander as I was inexperienced with using one.
If you don't scrape up the adhesive first, you'll go through a lot more sand paper on the machine...

Good luck!


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