Thanks for reading this post. I need your help in restoring my hardwood
flooring. Just bought an old house and the old hardwood floors have
been covered over with plywood and vinal (sp??) flooring. I know how to
get the plywood up from most of the house, but do not know how to get up
close to the existing kitchen cabinets. I do not want to pull them out.
None of my saws will get close enough to the cabinets. How do you cut
out the old plywood up close to the cabinets?
If you have any ideas, please respond or email asap as I need to work on
this tommorrow (Saturday).
If you don't have too much to cut, a good sharp handsaw would do it. Sharp
chisel or utility knife are possibilities. A long blade on a reciprocating
saw would be faster and easier, but not as neat.
Thanks folks for the ideas. The handsaw won't fit under the toe kick.
The recip saw would work, but really make a mess of the newly painted
cabinets and still wouldn't fit very well under the toe kick.
The "toe kick saw" would really work great, but my local rental shops
don't carry one, and I don't have 250 buck to purchase one just for this
job. However, I did notice that the saw looks amazingly like a standard
abgle grinder. I have a 4" model that I can fit a cutoff blade to and I
THINK it will fit under the toe kick and do the job if I go real slow.
I'm not terribly concerned about the flooring under the cut because it
will all be covered up by the new trim.
Thanks to Joe for the idea.
I know a young fella that has been off work for over 6 weeks now
with over 100 stitches and possible permanent loss of use of one
thumb for doing the same thing.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Well, I bought and tried the angle grinder with a 4" untra thin (approx.
1/16") metal cutoff blade, and although it did work, it was very nasty,
smoky, and burned the linolium (SP?) and plywood very badly. I didn't
feel it was overly dangerous if MUCH care was taken, but after a few
minutes of filling the house with smoke, I decided to try the recip. saw
instead and it worked much better. It did get into the flooring a
little and scratch up the toe kick a little, but when I finish the floor
and replace the mouldings and quarter-round, it won't show. Only a
problem if I (or someone else) ever pulls all the cabinets out, and even
then I'm being carefull not to scratch up the flooring any more than
possible, so it should be fixable with sanding.
Just thought I'd let the group know. If you run into this problem,
better find a toe kick saw to rent and save yourself the aggrivation.
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