Removing old floor

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Old 11-09-16, 07:02 PM
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Removing old floor

Looking to remove an old linoleum floor. Probably dates back to the 70's. I'm installing a floating laminate floor and there is about two layers of this stuff which makes it uneven when I run the laminate from the dining room into the kitchen. I have been picking away at it and it is just not going that quickly. What is the best way to remove it? Would an electric scraper work? I added a picture to show what I'm dealing with.
 
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Old 11-09-16, 08:13 PM
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If this is installed over 1/4" plywood, you can pull it all out, since the 1/4" is not compatible with flooring like wood. If it is installed directly on subflooring, either an SDS hammer with flat blade or commercial type floor scraper would work.
 
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Old 11-10-16, 03:23 PM
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It installed to the bare floor. There was a subfloor over it with newer vinyl tile that I removed. I'm just going to have to try to commercial scraper. This stuff only seems to come up in small pieces.
 
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Did you check to make sure it doesn't contain anything hazardous, e.g. asbestos, silica?
 
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You could rent an electric tile stripper. Essentially a motorized scraper. You will usually have a choice of wide (10-12 inches) or narrow (4-6 inches) blade. The wide is better for stripping off of plywood as it will do less damage to the wood. But be prepared to do some patching.

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