How to remove glued down parquet flooring on plywood?

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Old 10-26-16, 06:23 AM
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How to remove glued down parquet flooring on plywood?

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So I inherited a house with parquet in the basement and it started lifting everywhere. I'm trying to rip out the parquet and the plywood subfloor but having a hell of a time. I'm using a SDS Rotary drill with chisel bit which is going very slow. Any other ideas on what I can do or use?
 
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Old 10-26-16, 08:23 AM
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Set you circular saw to cut through the parquet and plywood and then the chunks will be a little more manageable. Just not a fun job.
 
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I though of that, but I'm afraid of the metal wires that are in the parquet. Plus all the nails and screws used to keep the subfloor down.
 
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Didn't know about the wires. I agree with your waiving off on the saw as a result.
 
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I was thinking maybe to rent a tile stripper/scraper to pop off the parquet first, then attack the subfloor.
 
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I wouldn't be overly concerned with the wires. They aren't that stout. I've cut parquet on my table saw before with no ill effects. Use an old blade if you are still concerned.
 
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Sometimes you can lift large chunks with a shovel.
 
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A rotary hammer set to "chipping" along with an SDS chisel will work well.
 
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Old 10-27-16, 04:05 AM
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He said he tried an SDS, but I find it difficult to believe it didn't work. It may not have been at the proper setting. Maybe trying a roofing shovel/fork. That glue will give you problems, too, so get ready.
 
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Never used one but you could rent a walk behind powered floor scraper.

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Looks like hes using a micro-sds. A bigger one is probably needed.
 
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The SDS with chisel does work, but slow and killing my back bending over. Looking for an easier way. Does anyone know how the floor scrapers work with gummy glue?
 
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I don't see the reasoning behind scraping up the parquet if you plan to also remove the sub floor
 
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So you think a skill saw should do it? Cut through parquet and plywood? I'm afraid if I hit some screws with the saw blade.
 
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If you know where the sleepers are you should be able to miss the screws. If nothing else, use an old or cheap blade and don't worry about ruining the blade. Just be sure to set the saw blade where it only cuts the combined depth of the subfloor and parquet [just a tad deeper] Once you get one piece removed the rest should be relatively easy.
 
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And that's why they say to wear safety glasses.
 
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I have used a circular saw to cut sheet metal and hardware cloth so I wouldn't hesitate to use a circular saw. Buy a bunch of cheap plywood blades and change when they get dull.
 
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Ok, i'm sold on the circular saw. Thanks everyone here for your input.
 
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I don't know anyone who uses plywood blades anymore. Get the cheapest carbide tooth blade you can find... it will cut through nails and the parquet wire.
 
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I picked up a plywood blade the other day to do some better than average cutting of some sandeply. My guys kept telling me it wasn't cutting and was binding with them. I had to show them the shoulder on it since it was a thin kerf blade. They had the blade dropped all the way down and the shoulder was grabbing. Yeah true plywood blades are almost a thing of the past with the advent of good carbide.
 
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I don't know anyone who uses plywood blades anymore
Guess my age is showing.
 
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You and me both, Ray. I'll admit it has been a long time since I bought a plywood blade but I have several of them in various states of dullness.
 
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Just wanted to thank everyone here for your help. I went and used a circular saw to cut the plywood and parquet. It was messy but relatively quick to rip out.
 
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Thanks for letting us know how it worked out.
 
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