Hallway Update

Project by BuckeyeNate posted 03-26-2013 05:14 PM 4926 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the current project i am attacking…but first a bit about myself. Abouta year ago, i bought a bank owned home that had sat empty for about 18 months. Its a great house, i love the layout, in a good neighborhood, and decent sized yard.

But man did the previous homeowners do ZERO work and add sitting empty for as long as it did…you can imagine.

I am by NO means a pro, just a guy who doesnt mind getting his hands dirty and learning a few things along the way.

So, back to this hallway. Tile was down, and about every other one was cracked, so i decided to start taking it up. A job i underestimated…

I imagine it was an original tile job from 1985, i also assume, backerboard wasnt around then. They had a 1/4” peice of plywood gluded down then stapled / nailed ontop for additional strength; then mortar on top and tile. Unfortunately for me, this guy knew what the hell he was doing which caused me a ton of work.
To get it out, i was taking my sawzall to break it up a bit then hammering a prybar as far in as i could go and prying it up. Natutrally, no big pieces would come off, it would splinter out to about softball sizes chucks at a time.

All and all it took me about 6 hrs just to do the hallway (and clean up); I have yet to finish taking out the staples.

I have laminate to put down, hopefully i will get to that this weekend and post the pictures.

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posted 03-28-2013 02:37 PM

Ouch! I undertook a similar herculean task when we bought our house. I wanted to restore the old hardwood floors under the rugs and linoleum in our house. The linoleum was in the entryway and hallway and was GLUED directly to the floor! Took me a week of wetting and scraping on hands and knees to get all the linoleum, paper backing and glue up! Worth the effort though – floors look gorgeous now! Looking forward to seeing your finished pics! :-)

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posted 04-01-2013 02:35 PM

Well i got most of it down. The reason we stopped short was the doorway to the left goes into bedroom. I chose to run the hallway and two bedrooms alltogeather without making transitions. So now i have to de wall paper that entire room and finish up the flooring….that’s going to be a while…

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