Re: Removing tar paper from oak flooring
I generally end up scra-ping a floor per year, for whatever reason. Use a 1 1/2" steel scra-per, and buy a new mill bastard file to keep it sharp. If the scra-per is squealing, it's dull. Generally I find I get about 10 strokes per sharpening, but it only takes a couple of passes with the file and I'm off again. Pardon the hyphens, but it's the only way to avoid the ****
Sanding or solvents will melt/dissolve the tar and it will keep sinking into the wood. Wear a mask in case there's nasty stuff in the glue, and vacuum it up to avoid raising dust a second time.
A well scr-aped floor will only need a small amount of touch-up sanding to put a finish on.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.