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  1. #1
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    May 2009

    Default Hardwood floor under linoleum and plywood subfloor - How to restore?

    A few months ago, I bought a 1925 bungalow in Minneapolis. After central A/C was installed, I poked around in the floor vent and noticed there's hardwood flooring underneath the linoleum (and under the plywood subfloor).

    The rest of the house has hardwood floors, which we just had refinished. Does anyone have advice on how to pull up the plywood subfloor and the linoleum without damaging the hardwood underneath? I'd like to restore the hardwood floor underneath.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    San Diego, CA

    Default Re: Hardwood floor under linoleum and plywood subfloor - How to restore?

    Just by putting the plywood subfloor over the hardwood, the hardwood will be damaged with a bunch of nail holes. You're going to have to address that issue if you decide to rip everything up. Hard to tell how that will look and hopefully, they didn't use any mastic or glue between the plywood and hardwood.

    What you might consider is just taking up the plywood and then leaving the hardwood alone and using it as a subfloor. Go out and buy some new flooring that is close in appearance to the rest of the house. Lay that on top of the hardwood. You will probably have a nicer job that way.

    Good Luck

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