Gena Guthrie Flooring November 21st, 2018 - 03:30:47
Some floating hardwood floor down here in the main level of the house, we're gonna nail down the hardwood floor because it needs to transition from room to room and that product was just too expensive to do at this scale. We're gonna start doing that floor here in the bedroom. It's a pretty basic shape, so I thought it would be a good way to get started before you actually do any work. You have to prep the surface that you're going to be working on, so it needs to be perfectly flat and clean.
But when you take up carpet, there's more than just pulling up the top layer, there's a layer of foam underneath it that's held down by a whole bunch of staples way more staples than anybody should ever use, and you have to pull each one of those. You can pull those out with a staple removal tool or just put a Flathead screwdriver under each one of them and pry it up. But it's really important that you get every single staple out of the floor. If you have any nails that have backed out of the sub floor at all, just hammer them flat as well, the other thing that you have to take up that's actually a little bit more painful to deal with is the tack strip.
That goes all the way around. The edge of the room - this is a small wooden strip, with very sharp tacks, sticking up out of it that goes into the bottom of the carpet. The best way I've found to take these up is to take a pry bar put it right up next to where a nail is going into the floor, give it one good hit with a hammer and it'll separate it from the floor just a little bit. Don't try to pry it out at that point, just move on to the next nail and by the time you pop all of the nails up, the strip will come out. If you try to pry one nail up by itself, the wood on the strip will break and then it'll just be harder to deal with overall, and once you get these things out, they are extremely sharp and extremely nasty.
So another tip is to take some of that foam that you pull that earlier and put all of these strips on top of that phone once you've got all of them on there just wrap the foam up around it to make it easier to carry and throw The whole thing in the trash can after you get all that stuff removed. You got to go around and sweep and vacuum the floor and get it completely clean and completely smooth most likely. You probably miss some staples so be sure to go back and get those before you move on.