I'm pulling up carpet tack from a concrete basement floor using the techniques in these videos: vid1, vid2... the technique isn't perfect and I'm still getting the small divots here and there. How concerned should I be about those divots if I'm aiming to put vinyl flooring down eventually? Do the divots definitely have to be filled before laying down flooring?

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    The guy in the first video says "that's a size I don't have to fill before I put the floor down"... Are you actually laying sheet vinyl, or are you putting down laminate wood flooring? If vinyl, are you planning on any underlayment? A thin, flexible vinyl may show that divot, especially over time. A wood floor or solid underlayment would span it with no issue.
    – FreeMan
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 16:47

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You cannot avoid a divot when pulling nails out of concrete small divots I use epoxy filler larger or a large number I use a self leveling compound or hydraulic cement. Vinyl flooring will show divots so they need to be filled.

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