Removing subfloor staples...trying to save hardwood....HELP!!!
Just when I thought we were cruising along nicely in our complete kitchen gut...we came across a HUGE problem. Whole house is hardwood (1890's)--kitchen is too...under rolled linoleum, subfloor, school tile and another subfloor. I surprised DH by taking up the rolled linoleum in about two hours the other day...stood back, and realized what was underneath. This plywood "subfloor," I guess you call it, is STAPLED down in every direction in about 3/4 inch increments....across the ENTIRE KITCHEN...which didn't look too huge until I saw all of these ridiculous staples.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Are we crazy to try to take out each and every one...only to find the original hardwood floors too beat up to use? And if we decide to lose the original floors and just "take it all up" as DH is suggesting right this minute, how the heck would we do that?