Removal of existing flooring is one of those things that can go like a walk in the park—or like being caught in the perfect storm. I recently got a call from an installer doing removal of direct-glue carpet. He was having to cut the carpet into three-inch-wide strips and called to see if I knew anyone in North Dakota that had a scrape-up machine. (I got him a couple of names, and I hope he was able to find a machine—let me know what you ended up doing, Troy.)
On a commercial project I’m consulting on, a floor preparation team with state-of-the-art machines and dust containment is contracted to remove the existing 6” by 6” tile, set on a concrete slab. Should be a walk in the park, right? Not! Even they are having a difficult time with the removal of tile. Instead of just hopping on the ride-on machine, they are having to use rotary hammers first and remove every other row so the ride-on machine doesn’t get overworked (Photo 1). They were expecting to remove more square footage each night but were having a difficult time meeting their quota. This just goes to show that no matter what you have for removal tools, removal can still be a challenge.