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Way O/T Pulling linoleum flooring up

My wife threw this job at me: a new kitchen floor. I'll admit we need one. However, she assured me that it could be done in a day. Yeah right. We started pulling up the old linoleum floor last Saturday morning. 6" wide strips at a time. Used a heat gun and a 6" wide paint scraper. Finished getting the old floor up Sunday evening. Now we start putting the new floor down. (But that should be easier. Stick down tiles, 1' square.) My question is this: was there an easier way to remove the old flooring? It is done now, but I may be doing the same thing at my parents house in a month. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Re: Way O/T Pulling linoleum flooring up

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http://www.improvenet.com/adviceandr..._linoleum.html
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Mine had a 1/4" plywood floor under the linoleum and a spud bar ripped that stuff up in wide chunks and the linoleum came up with it along with 80% of the nails. It whent pretty quick once I started.

I had to lay cement board down before putting the ceramic tile down anyway and i needed space.
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Well, you are into it now...So keep going. Make sure you are wearing a GOOD face mask...a resparator would be better. Most lenoleum that is in need of replacement is old enough to have esbestos in it...Next time you have to do it...get some 1/4 luan or 1/4 "backer board", staple it down over the old flooring, mud and tape the joints, lightly sand (if you did a good job on the mud and tape), follow mfg recomended adhesive instructions and bada-boom, bada-bam. YOU DONE and your wife is happy (for a little while at least).
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Now you know why some people just write a check.....
In my case, I just pulled up the whole floor down to the sub floor...we were gutting the kitchen anyway...
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We pulled up our linoleum last year to put Pergo in... Luckily, the previous owner screwed a 1/8" piece of plywood down to the subfloor and glued the linoleum to the plywood. In addition to that, he glued it in select places rather than the whole blasted floor. I owe him big time... took a 8 hr job and turned it into a 20 minute job.

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Re: Way O/T Pulling linoleum flooring up

There are several ways to put down sheet flooring. "Congolium" used to be cut to size and stapled at the edges...no glue! (love that stuff). Some brands only want it glued in a 6 inch band around the perimeter. Then there are several kinds of glue, every manufacturer has it's own way of doing it...I'd say you DID get lucky.
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I just did a new floor in our kitchen. We had lanoleum I went with Pergo so I would have to pull the old out. Well worth the cost. Took me four hours to put in the floor, and I earned alot of Kitchen Passes to go wheelin!
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Re: Way O/T Pulling linoleum flooring up

I recently pulled linoelum tiles up with the same 6" scraper. What a treat. Came up in 6" x 3" pieces.

Like John, I too know why people just write checks.
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Re: Way O/T Pulling linoleum flooring up

Thank you all. There was 1/4 " luan under the old flooring. Luckily, most of the glue came up with the flooring and not mych stayed on the underlayment. Next time, I will do it differently.
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