Removing Hardwood Glued to Hardwood

Mikal1December 12, 2011

Hopefully someone can get me pointed in the right direction... I have a number of areas where the flooring needs to be repaired. We've moved/removed some walls, added French Doors, etc. so I have some gaps in the flooring that needs to be repaired. I have this situation in 3 or 4 different rooms so I don't/won't tear out the entire floor.

It's engineered bamboo glued to a previous floor, not sure what that floor is (previous owners put in the bamboo), and that floor is on top of what appears to be the original floor.

I may have to simply fill in the missing pieces, but then I have a row of (very, very small) planks all starting on the same line.

Since these planks all start at different points I don't think I can use a circular saw to cut just those pieces (and the floor below, or maybe the two floors below, or maybe the two floors below and the subfloor) out.

Any ideas? Just use a hammer and chisel and try to get the top flooring to separate from the floor beneath it? And of course it's tongue and groove.

I have searched and read several post along these lines, but they all had to do with removing entire floors.

Thanks in advance.

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OK, maybe some pics will help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 12:14AM
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I'm not quite following your thoughts on the repair but they have used a piece of plywood between the old hardwood flooring and the new bamboo floor.

It sounds like you want to remove some of the planks in order to have the voids filled with a continuous longer board rather than a short piece.

Have you read about how to replace a damaged tongue and groove board? I think they cut along the joints of the board to remove the middle section and then chip the rest out of the T&G areas. Placing that one new board in would require removing its tongue in order to be able to slip it into place next to an existing board.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 1:23AM
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Here's a link to board replacement.

Here is a link that might be useful: replacing a plank

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 2:49AM
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Thanks Samantha111, that's actually very helpful. Apologies for the convoluted posting but you did get it right. I guess it's a matter of doing what's illustrated in your link and then chiseling the planks up. Or cutting a bit deeper and taking the sub floor up with the planks. Whichever seems to go easier I guess.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 10:57AM
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You're welcome. I'm sorry to say I've had to learn more about this stuff than I care to know, lol.

I would not remove the plywood subfloor. Try not to damage it. You want that to be very flat, stable and secure underneath with no deflection affecting the planks above. Taking it down further than the plank and replacing that material also will be more complicated and not good solid subfloor material.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 12:53PM
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Do look around for other instructions on replacing. That looks like a good site but there might be additional tips or something related to glue downs out there that you would need to know.

Good luck. I hope it turns out well.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2011 at 12:55PM
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