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Old September 25, 2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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I have about 750 feet of glue-down wood to remove. Do any of you know of a tool with a wide blade that can be attached to a small jackhammer or air chisel to make the removal faster and easier? I have a 2" blade on the jackhammer, but it's kind of dull, and the wood splinters a lot.

I've seen these tools online for about $800 with a five-inch blade, but haven't found an attachment with the blade only, and I don't want to spend $800 for this.

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Old September 25, 2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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I take my circular saw and rip the flooring down to 6" cross pieces. It comes up pretty easy bussing down a cut row.

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Old September 25, 2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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There's also a 4 inch blade attachment for a sawzall that is inexpensive. I think I got mine on EBAY.

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Old September 25, 2008, 11:53 PM   #4
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Bosch has a 3" x 12" chisel bit . Bosch HS1910 3" x 12" SDS-Max Scaling Chisel Bit

What's underneath the wood? Be nice to rent a Panther or something similar.

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Old September 29, 2008, 07:40 PM   #5
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Sorry, Jerry. I missed the question in your post. It's on a slab. I've just about given up on getting it done easy, and I'm about 1/4 of the way done using the demo hammer with a 2" chisel.

I'm going to check with a local rental company tomorrow to see if there might be something that's a little less work.

Now, once the wood is up, I can get the bigger splinter with a razor scraper, but there are very fine pieces (like sawdust) all over. They're stuck in the glue. I used Dri-Tac with a small-notched trowel, and the glue is probably less than 1/16" thick on the slab. I'm going to be installing 7" wide and 1/2" thick engineered wood using a 1/4" trowel.

Does anybody see any reason to try to take up all the glue? It's stuck down pretty good, and the razor scraper doesn't even make a dent in it. If it needs to come up, I'd have to use some kind of chemical, and then I'd be afraid that the glue I'll be using later might not stick.

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260 sq.ft, gluedown over concrete, up and old glue handscraped off the slab, 2 hours.
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Old October 7, 2008, 03:07 AM   #7
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260 sq.ft, gluedown over concrete, up and old glue handscraped off the slab, 2 hours.

You were extremely lucky on that job, compared to what mine is. Monday evening, One of my sons and I took turns with the demo hammer and it took us roughly four hours to scrape up about 100 sq. feet. It's even worse where there was a piece of furniture or something heavy. Doesn't seem like Dri-Tac ever dries out once it has been covered up. The floor is still really tacky until we've walked on it a day or two.

Anyway, it took us about us about 40-50 man hours to tear up 650 feet, and we still have to scrape for a while to get the remnants of the wood off. I'm not even going to try to get the glue off, it'll take some type of chemical, which I'd rather not do. Still got the office to do, but I can do it later. I've torn up glue-down before, but it was never as tough as this one. I did saw-cut it about every 8-10 inches, and that seemed to help some, thanks for that advice.

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Ya, it is kinda like gluedown carpet removal. The harder it is to get up, the smaller the saw cuts are apart.

That was installed with Bostik's BST, one month prior to me having to remove it. The color variations, didn't meet the consumers expectations.

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Old October 18, 2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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Well, except for my office, we finally got all of it up and got the house back in order today. I've got a month or so of work starting this coming week, so I'll save the office for later.

We ended up taking all the wood up with the demo hammer....not a good time to be around the house. We got the splinters up with an 8" razor scraper, and I didn't even touch the glue. It was stuck so well to the slab I could hardly move a small part of it with the scraper, let alone scrape up 650 feet of it.

I finished installing the last of the wood Wednesday night (just in time to go to work). It's 7" wide by 1/2" Mohawk Butterscotch. I used a 1/4x1/4x1/4 trowel and seven buckets of glue to put it down. I weighted down a few spots where the planks were bowed up a little, and left the weight on for a few days. I got the trim put on this afternoon, so all that's left is to tear up the office someday. If anybody wants to gain some work experience on tearing up a difficult glue-down, I can give you directions to the house.

Here's pictures of the living room, entry, hallway, and dining room.

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Old October 18, 2008, 08:33 PM   #10
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Dri tack is a "B" to remove....you did the right thing. I'm happy that you had a 5" to installl, maybe you made up for the horrible tearout. Looks good. Every time I have to do tearout of a glue down, it is on wood. The last one I did, I just cut out the subfloor, and old wood and replaced it, much faster, less wear and tear on the old joints. Like my Dad always told me, "you work hard enough, but are you working smart enough?"

I think I am now.....

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Old October 19, 2008, 02:00 AM   #11
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That looks really nice Kman

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Attaboy Kman, yer doin us proud........are them durn edges needin some finish stain er is it the lightin in the room.....seems the finish is alittle light on the edges............that was kindda repetitive........

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Attaboy Kman, yer doin us proud........are them durn edges needin some finish stain er is it the lightin in the room.....seems the finish is alittle light on the edges............that was kindda repetitive........
I get the same effect in some of my pictures. I believe the flash, lighting or both make it appear that way.

I have a photo in another thread on repairs that show 3 darker color boards in the top left corner .... I never noticed those boards in person.

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Old October 20, 2008, 12:43 AM   #14
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Looking at the photo's again I did notice some lines getting a little wave to 'em.......















Oh wait ....... that's the tablecloth ..............

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Old October 20, 2008, 02:58 AM   #15
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I noticed that too. It's the pics. Floor looks slick as glass in person.

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