|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 745 days ago||1209 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
745 days ago
Removing the flooring in our kitchen for a remodel. ALL of it. There were 4 layers in the main part of the kitchen and there’s 2 really tough ones in the dining area. Nobody ever REMOVED a floor. They just added underlayment and another layer of vinyl.
So my little issue is that apparently they replaced the door that goes out to the garage at some point and, of course, set it ON all of that flooring. When I take up the flooring it’s trapped under the door threshhold and doesn’t come out clean. I am eventually (not THIS year) going to replace that door, but I need to get a clean edge to bring the new flooring to.
I’m thinking something like a Fein oscillating tool. Cut straight down at the inside face of the threshhold and then either call it a day or see if I can get some of the crap out from underneath. At some point I may be cutting through those DARNED flooring staples. I swear they had some real staple-happy SOBs installing the underlayment.
Anyways…. I have no experience with the multitools. The Fein costs twice as much as the PC. I think I’m more interested in a corded tool rather than cordless. And it has to come with a blade that can cut flooring staples if I run into them.
The Fein blades look expensive. Not sure on the PC blades. Anyone got any experience with these things?
Going to try to get the last of the floor out today. Been working (sweating) on it for 3 days now. With all of the overlapped flooring there are places where it looks like a staple forest and the underlayment just splinters. I’m primarily using a square shovel to get under the underlayment and pop it up (when that works) but we’re also shoving a big spud bar under it and when it gets pickey, we use a flat bar and hammer. THEN we go around and pull staples left in the floor. Can’t have my dogs getting out there and walking on staples. I don’t need a vet visit to complicate and already frustrating experience. I planned on getting the floor out in a day. It’s making me fight for every square foot and I’m wearing out. I have one strip left about 5 feet wide and 16 or 18 feet long. My brother-in-law is coming over today to help. This is probably the worst floor removal I’m ever been involved with. It sucks. :)