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Floor refinishing

Mike Shankin | Posted in General Questions on

House is 80 years old. I want to get down to original wood floor for refinishing. From top to bottom: linoleum,1/4 inch long luan, linoleum, roofing felt, original floor. Aside from millions of staples, problem is roofing felt is ADHERED to wood. Scraping off by hand on hands and knees would take forever. Is there an easier way to separate roofing felt from wooden floor?

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    A floor sander will remove almost anything -- certainly including asphalt felt residue. The only downside is that you will gum up your sanding belts faster than you would on clean hardwood.

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