I put about 2-1/2 hours into it yesterday and did about a foot by 40 ft. Each row was taking 5-7 minutes and based on this rate the whole living and dinning room (only part of the job) was going to take me 19+ hours. I started again this morning and after a few rows I was second guessing my decision to save the floors.
My back is already not the best and I knew that I was not going to last doing this the traditional way. Almost any example you see of pulling a hardwood floor that has been nailed down uses the following tools.
|Typical tools used to take up a hardwood floor.|
|The beginnings of a beautiful thing.|
|Finished tools work very well together|
This example took just under 4 minutes. I was able to hone the method down to around 2 minutes per row.
|A panel lifter is also useful but in the end, I just used my modified tool to do everything.|
I found that working on the individual pieces from the middle of the piece was the most effective to lifting it out. Often the grove side joint broke, but these will be easily added back with a router. And considering the increase in speed this method afforded, the extra work to put new ends on some of the boards was well worth it. I will now look to find a labourer to grind off all of the protruding staples (I believe this will be much faster than trying to pull out with pliers).
Thanks For Stopping by.