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post #1 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 02:54 PM - Thread Starter
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In 3 days the carpenters will begin framing my basement HT.

I put the current indoor/outdoor carpet down 14 years ago in what was then new construction. My basement is very dry with a sump pump and dehumidifier. I plan to buy a new sump pump and battery backup for piece of mind. The carpet looks new and has had very little traffic.

I will need to carpet new risers, the stage area, and a small entrance way but I have none of this carpet left.

I understand glue down carpet with no pad underneath is very time consuming and difficult to remove.

Any ideas as to my options? I was told by a salesman that carpet tack strips could be liquid glued over the existing carpet and new indoor outdoor carpet installed over the old.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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I think I spent a month removing glued down carpet from an outdoor patio 20 years ago. I needed to remove all the glue because I was having an epoxy stone surface installed. What a mess. First the glue was not the weakest link and you will leave behind much of the rubber carpet backing. You might be lucky and discover that you used cheaper glue.

Now assuming that you will put carpet over all of this you won't need to get every bit of glue up, just the big clumps so that the new carpet lays flat. You might do just fine with a big manual scraper blade. Then again you might want to check what tools of destruction they have at the rental shop.
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Your removal of the glue down was a real task.

If I were to remove it prior to the framing in a few days, it sound like I would be working at it all day for several days. The area is about 14x26.

I just read that tack strips can be power nailed with a special nail into the floor so maybe I can just install new carpet over the old in a few months.

If I had to remove the old I guess I could attempt it after the framing is done but that would require even more work since the studs will be over the old carpet. This carpet is a very, very thin carpet but I still fear a tearout. It would provide a bit of padding under the new carpet though.
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If you have no fear of a future water event I would be tempted to just leave it in place. I need to point out that it will be a real pain to clean up dropped drywall mud and to keep construction dust out of the carpet unless you cover it with something.
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If you have no fear of a future water event I would be tempted to just leave it in place. I need to point out that it will be a real pain to clean up dropped drywall mud and to keep construction dust out of the carpet unless you cover it with something.

On top of that what happens if the construction crew somehow damages part of the carpet? Will you have to tear it out then?

I say remove it. Better now then later!

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Removing glued down old carpet from my previous basement HT 2.0 was the worst part by far of the entire process.

It pretty much degenerated into scraping it by hand on hands and knees for days.

The only way I survived consisted of:

1. Lots of beer.
2. Lots of screaming.

If it gets difficulty, make sure to increase the quantity of beer consumed in the process. It won't make it better, but it will make you forget.

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You can rent a power scraper that will make fairly quick work removing the carpet. If you are doing it by hand, you want a long handle scraper that uses a six inch long blade that is almost as sharp as a razor blade. If you are going to be doing this by hand then pour hot water on the carpet in the area that you are getting ready to scrape. It will soften the glue and help in removing it.
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Pretty much speaks for it's self.

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Or, the battery powered version:

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That unit is the size of a Volkswagen. I may have to remove a wall.

It would do the job but the size....

Or as Johnsteph said "Plenty of beer." (or vodka).
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That unit is the size of a Volkswagen. I may have to remove a wall.

It would do the job but the size....

Or as Johnsteph said "Plenty of beer." (or vodka).

There is a smaller walk behind unit that you can get.
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