What is the best way to remove 3-quarter-inch plywood from a floor?

Answer #1

It has been air nailed into place and glued. I have cut it with a skill saw, pried it with a pry bar, and used brute force. This stuff is not coming up.

Answer #2

Just a question for your question - Why do you want to remove it? The plywood should have given you a flat ‘playing field’ to add whatever surface you choose on top. Usually when others have taken the time to fit a ply flooring it is to cover up a multitude of sins, which you yourself might not have the time or where with all to deal with yourself.

If I were you, I would leave it be, and put whatever flooring you have on top.

Answer #3

Because that is what my boss told me to do lol. Actually, he wants it taken up because he is having a concrete floor put in, instead. It is a pool house, and termites have gotten into the floor joists and wall studs. Everything is going to have to be replaced. He just bought the property, and they had put new wood over the termite infested wood just to cover things up to sell it.

Answer #4

I think brute force is pretty much the only option … It’s going to take a few strong arms and crowbars to lift the plywood. Do you happen to know what kind of glue was used? If you can cut several notches in the plywood, you may be able to cover it with a solvent which will seep through the notches and dissolve the glue underneath … at least then, you’re only dealing with the nails.

Answer #5

Unfortunately, it’s only me doing it. I think I am just going to have to strong-arm it some more lol. Who needs a gym membership, right? I actually considered doing just what you said, poking holes in it, but just flooding the place and letting it sit overnight. Everything has to be replaced anyway, from ceilings to walls, so water damage really wouldn’t matter. There is already quite a bit of termite damage, unfortunately, the sections I need to rip out first are fairly new. Thanks for the advice, I will research the solvent idea.

Answer #6

burk bar.

Answer #7

Thanks, that looks like exactly what I need. I will see if I can find one I can afford, because that would be useful for a lot of things that I do. I really appreciate your answer, I had never heard of this tool.

Answer #8

Someone else gave me an excellent idea as well, in case anyone else looks at this later. Chainsaw :) I have to take the joists out as well, no wiring, plumbing or gas lines under the floor, so why not?

Answer #9

no prob man. Used to use them to strip concrete forms. When I worked construction.

Answer #10

You know what I ended up doing? (I couldn’t afford a Burk Bar right now, but definitely getting one) I took a chainsaw to it! That worked haha.

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