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Old 09-23-2013, 03:09 PM  
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Default Removing glued down hardwood from concrete slab

Hello,
Currently trying to remove 30 year old hardwood flooring that is glued to the concrete slab, but finding it to be a pain in to get up. Got a couple pieces with prybar and hammer, then rented a big demolition hammer with a 6 inch scrapper blade (got up about 200 sq. foot before my body decided it had enough for the day).

Any suggestions or is a big demo hammer with scrapper the best way? I've done some googling, and see people pouring hot boiling water on it and letting it sit for 3 days to help release the glue. I am guessing this glue is a polyurethane adhesive, it's kind of a pinkish color. The slab looks like they applied a sealer to it before the glue, so I don't think the glue was one of these all in one deals. The part that I do have up, still has most of the glue on the floor, so figure that will be problem number 2 to deal with but have some ideas on how to handle that.

Any suggestions, what has worked for you guys and gals in the past?



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If all else fails use a jack hammer. http://www.gappower.com/Floor-Scraper-Walk-Behind-w-30LB-Jack-Hammer/item/FLOSE30.

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That still looks like to much work. I like this ride on model http://www.gappower.com/Floor-Scraper-Rental-Ride-On-All-Day-Battery/item/FLOSBRO

If you want something more practical or cheaper try directing a torpedo heater on the area your working. Heat may soften up the glue.

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