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Old July 23, 2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Can I reuse glueless flooring and how do we take it out.


We have some friends who are replacing their laminate flooring and they asked us if we wanted it. It was suggested that we take it out instead of the floor guys. This way we can salvage most of it. Can it be reused? If so, how do we remove it without damaging it?

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Old July 23, 2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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If it's not glued together, you can carefully take it apart row by row. I would take off a row at a time and then separate each piece of that row. Stack it and be sure to protect the edges so that you don't chip any of the edges and reinstall it. You might lose some of them, but you should be able to salvage most. This is assuming that it hasn't been exposed to moisture and has any swelling to the joints.

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Old July 23, 2010, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info. Do I need to use any tools to take it apart or will it come up easily?

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Old July 23, 2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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You shouldn't need any tools...but a hammer, crowbar, circular saw may come in handy depending on the layout. My advice is to be careful for chips on the corners. The whole row pulled up at a time will help that. Also, the top ridge of the bottom lip on the groove side is an important part(it's the lock) of the glueless installation. If you break it or shear it off while taking them apart, you will not be able to reinstall them without wood glue. Make sure you take them apart gingerly.

I would classify and separate each piece as you take them apart.

1. Good, whole pieces
2. Good, cut pieces
3. Damaged whole pieces
4. Damaged cut pieces

This will make your reinstall much easier to plan out instead of digging through a pile looking for a good one. Damaged ones can go in closets or cut off the damaged parts.

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Old July 23, 2010, 04:33 PM   #5
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You shouldn't need any tools...but a hammer, crowbar, circular saw may come in handy depending on the layout. My advice is to be careful for chips on the corners. The whole row pulled up at a time will help that. Also, the top ridge of the bottom lip on the groove side is an important part(it's the lock) of the glueless installation. If you break it or shear it off while taking them apart, you will not be able to reinstall them without wood glue. Make sure you take them apart gingerly.

I would classify and separate each piece as you take them apart.

1. Good, whole pieces
2. Good, cut pieces
3. Damaged whole pieces
4. Damaged cut pieces

This will make your reinstall much easier to plan out instead of digging through a pile looking for a good one. Damaged ones can go in closets or cut off the damaged parts.
1 more thing to add too the list....a sub list under #2....right and left cut pieces.

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Old July 23, 2010, 04:54 PM   #6
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Thank you, you all have been very helpful
We are planning to tackle this project tomorrow, I will let you know how it goes.

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Old July 23, 2010, 05:22 PM   #7
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I'll be doing one in the AM here in Denver.

Just take it easy and do like the above people say and you'll have a free-for-labor floor. WHEE!

(The one I'm doing is a repair, either I cut out two panels or remove 50. The part I'll be removing is all racked anyway so I might as well go that route).

Buddy rates, his landlord is paying but if I charged full price I don't think my buddy would get his floor fixed.

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I'll be doing one in the AM here in Denver.

Just take it easy and do like the above people say and you'll have a free-for-labor floor. WHEE!

(The one I'm doing is a repair, either I cut out two panels or remove 50. The part I'll be removing is all racked anyway so I might as well go that route).

Buddy rates, his landlord is paying but if I charged full price I don't think my buddy would get his floor fixed.
The Kool Glide is wonderful for this type of repair.

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Old July 23, 2010, 07:45 PM   #9
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barrycarlton said View Post
The Kool Glide is wonderful for this type of repair.
For laminate flooring? I had no idea.

In any case, half of his kitchen is racked out and I aim to pull it up and find out why.

I'm taking glue. A whole new thing of glue, actually. I don't have any and I'd rather he had a nicer floor than me have any real profit past wage.

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1 more thing to add too the list....a sub list under #2....right and left cut pieces.

Hmmmm...are you related to my wife? I can never be right and if I am, I am not completely right. Sigh

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