Re: Help in removing very OLD vinyl flooring
You need to get yourself a flooring sc****r. This is a blade that is 3" to 6" in length and attached to the end of a long handle. This hand tool will work well if you've got a small area to remove. If you've got a large area, say more than 8' x 8', then I recommend renting a vinyl stripping machine. Of course, this is assuming that you're on top of a slab floor and not wood.
If you're over wood, odds are that a 1986 home has a particle board underlayment over a plywood or OSB subfloor. If this is the case, pull the underlayment out with the vinyl attached to it. You'll install new underlayment for the new vinyl. If by odd chance you've got vinyl directly applied over your subfloor, leave it and just cover with underlayment, then install the new vinyl. I can eleborate on easy methods of removal if you're over wood.
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