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Floating Floor Install - Preparation

I removed carpet and would like to install a 'floating' type floor. The carpet pad left staples behind. Should these be removed or can I just pound them in?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts,

Re: Floating Floor Install - Preparation

You want all staples out.

Usually, when you yank the padding, tiny pieces of foam remain with the staples. You want them out too.

Two ways to get all staples out:

- get on your knees and get them out one by one using small hand tools.
- use a long handle scr-aper ($20 at floor supply outlets).

Re: Floating Floor Install - Preparation

The [email protected] gets most of them- the rest you do by hand. If one breaks off near flush, only then should you pound it down. Also check for anything protruding from the floor flatness- especially nail-heads but also splinters and lumps- as they will rub through the underlayment and cause a squeak.


Re: Floating Floor Install - Preparation

Thanks, sc****r got almost all of them. Hadn't thought to try brute force.

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