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I have pine wood floors I want to refinish - but on top of the floor are square linoleum tiles. The adhesive is really strong. I tried pulling some up but it seems like a laborious task. I am also wary of marring the soft wood underneath too much. I am fine with some damage to the floor underneath, but not excessive wear.

anyone have suggestions on making this chore easier?

  • What is under the floor? Is it a finished space? – DMoore Jun 17 '16 at 4:50
  • youtube.com/watch?v=5MOtR69ylmQ – MonkeyZeus Jun 17 '16 at 14:48
  • Step one - check the tile and adhesive for asbestos content. – Ecnerwal Jun 17 '16 at 15:17
  • There are long pole scrapers (in the flooring section of any big box) that might help. Generally, you don't want to get the adhesive hot (ie, oscillating tool scrapers), lest it turn into goo. That said, however, don't get your hopes up too much: the softwood floor might have been covered for a reason. – Aloysius Defenestrate Jun 17 '16 at 16:16
  • @dmoore, The floor is an upstairs bedroom. So below it is living space – Tim Jun 18 '16 at 5:36

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