removing subfloor from hardwood

CorInduMarch 14, 2011

We removed the subfloor from the hardwood in the kitchen but it had not only been screwed down but also glued down. Now we have to remove the paper that's been left and glue residue. I understand that soaking it for at least 15minutes with warm water, possibly Fantastik may help with lifting and scraping. But does anyone know if we could simply sand it. We're unsure whether we're dealing with asbestos.......the house is 1920 and we think this work may have been done in the '60s.

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Far safer to sand it off. A rougher grit ~24 with light pressure to slow the possible gumming of the paper is a good place to start. Any solvents or water could exacerbate the issue.
Old kitchen flooring, once exposed, may reveal old water damage so keep an eye out for that.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 10:57PM
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Thank you! do you think we need to be careful about the possibility of asbestos?
We also exposed the brick fireplace, it's in pretty good shape, but now we smell burnt wood fire in the living room; any ideas?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 11:34AM
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