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Posted by Rachel on October 22nd, 1997 03:50 PM

I hope someone will be able to help me. My family recently moved into an old house and discovered that there was hardwood flooring throughout under the carpet and linoleum. Taking up the carpet was easy, but the linoleum is proving difficult. It, of course, is glued to pressboard which tears up easily but leaves in the floor the nails which held the pressboard down. They look like little cut out L's, and the tab-like part at the top breaks off if you try to use a hammer or wonderbar on them. The sides of the nails are grooved (and all of these grooves are under the surface of the floor), the nails are old and brittle, and the floor is very hard. I have visited flooring shops and get the feeling that I am the first person in the history of the world ever to try to pull up linoleum. Does anyone know how to get those little nails up? I would appreciate any help. Thanks, Rachel

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