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        I installed engineered hardwood floor that is the tongue in groove install. Listening to a show they suggested glueing the tongue in groove for a floating floor. I did that and now I have to remove some of the flooring for a repair. What is the best way to remove it with the least amount of damage to the floor i need to leave in place?
        Posts: 2 | Registered: May 22, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        good luck with that. you can soak up that section with white (colors bleed and wreck the floor) shop towels with solvent for the glue.

        there is a good chance this will also wreck the flooring, too. only way to tell is to try it. perhaps try in the oft-cited "unobtrusive spot" so if you peel back the wood or blow the finish, it's not a big deal to keep it hidden.

        otherwise, the news is not good, and when the whole floor gets replaced, don't goldarn glue the joints.

        at least you did the floor yourself. so you know what glue was used. put some in a disposable container (rinsed tin can is good, and try solvents, starting with the ubiquitous water, see if you can mix the material and not have it clump or separate. next up for me would be isopropyl alcohol, which is the least likely to be a wrecker for common coatings and commercial laminating adhesives.

        mineral spirits would be the next choice.

        if you get into petrochemicals or acetone, you are certainly headed to the home center for a pickup full of new flooring.

        you will need to totally dry the remaining floor after removing the bad sections. a speed dry with isopropyl works with water, use fans. all solvents are flammable, some are liver-cancer food, so supplement your good ventilation with fans, and pull plugs, shut off pilot lights, and do other sensible precautions to keep from having an ignition source.

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        Posts: 5864 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        some glues are soluble in vinigar
        Posts: 2593 | Location: florida | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thanks for the info. Even though it was the bad news I was expecting, I now know what to expect and what I need to do.
        Posts: 2 | Registered: May 22, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I would take a circular saw and set it to the thickness of the floor. Then cut down the middle of the floor pieces you want to remove.

        Then I'd take the board and twist it upward and hopefully break the glue bond and remove the pieces. If it doesn't work, then I'd think about trying the methods mentioned above.

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