How to Remove Particle Board From a Floor

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You want to install new flooring in your kitchen or another area of your house. You have your new flooring and you are ready to tackle the floor project. One problem: the current flooring is particle board and you don't have a clue how to remove it. Removing particle board is not difficult, but does take the right tools and time to complete the task.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular saw with a 7 1/2 inch blade (carbide-tipped)
  • Hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Gloves
  • Protective Goggles
  • Screw driver
  • Nose mask
  • Pry up any loose particle boards with a crowbar. Make sure you are wearing protective goggles, long sleeves, heavy pants or jeans and gloves. Pull up any loose boards and note how far apart the floor joists are.

  • Cut into one area of the particle board floor using a circular saw with a 7 1/2 inch blade capable of cutting metal nails and screws. Set the blade depth to slightly below the particle board's thickness. Cut slowly and in small sections avoiding any floor joists. The key is to loosen up the particle board, then pull it up by hand. Don't try to cut the entire floor at once. Watch for flying nails or fasteners.

  • Cut the next area of flooring and pull up loose boards by hand. Continue around the area until the flooring is completely removed. Hint---open a window, remove the screen and toss the old particle board outside to avoid a pile-up in the area where you are working.

  • Pull out any nails or fasteners remaining in the floor joists after the particle broad floor has been removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear safety gear whenever using a saw or tools. Work in sections and cut slowly---don't try to rush the removal job.
  • Use a nose mask or respiratory mask if the area or room is extremely dusty.

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