Removing a Wood Flooring

 
 
Think twice before tearing out a wood floor. You can easily replace a few badly damaged boards, sand away wear and scratches, and apply a shiny new finish for a fraction of the cost of new flooring. If you want to install a different material, you can save time and effort by putting down underlayment and laying the new flooring on top of it. The following guide shows you how to proceed with your flooring project.

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Step 1: Before prying up plank flooring, bore out any screw plugs and remove the screws underneath

Bore out any screw plugs and remove the screws underneath

With some plug flooring, the plugs are merely decorative, and nails are the only fasteners.

  

Step 2: Insert a pry bar under the first floorboard and force it up. If there's not enough room for the pry bar, cut out a section of the first board with a circular saw

Insert a pry bar under the floorboard

Remove the cut section. Then insert the pry bar into the opening and pry up the rest of the board.

  

Step 3: Proceed across the floor, prying up one board at a time

Use a chisel to cut through to the bottom and tap it loose with a hammer

Work down the length of each board, placing the bar directly under the blind-nailing positions. If the wood has been glued down, use a chisel to cut through to the bottom of each piece and tap it loose with a hammer.