Removing Carpet Tack Strips From Concrete Floor

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by jim evans, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. jim evans

    jim evans Guest

    I assume this is simple but I've never had occasion to do it before.

    I need to remove the tack strips from one edge of my carpet, and later
    replace them. It is a slab floor. My memory is these strips are
    nailed down using some kind of concrete nails. Is it a simple matter
    of breaking the wooden strips out and then using an ordinary nail
    puller to remove the nails? If not, how do I remove the strips and
    the nails?

    jim
     
    jim evans, Aug 28, 2005
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    RicodJour Guest

    jim evans wrote:
    > I assume this is simple but I've never had occasion to do it before.
    >
    > I need to remove the tack strips from one edge of my carpet, and later
    > replace them. It is a slab floor. My memory is these strips are
    > nailed down using some kind of concrete nails. Is it a simple matter
    > of breaking the wooden strips out and then using an ordinary nail
    > puller to remove the nails? If not, how do I remove the strips and
    > the nails?


    You got it right the first time. Use some leftover thinset, leveling
    compound, Durabond, mortar mix...errr...you get the idea, to fill in
    the holes if they're big enough to be objectionable.

    R
     
    RicodJour, Aug 28, 2005
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  3. "jim evans" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I assume this is simple but I've never had occasion to do it before.
    >
    > I need to remove the tack strips from one edge of my carpet, and later
    > replace them. It is a slab floor. My memory is these strips are
    > nailed down using some kind of concrete nails. Is it a simple matter
    > of breaking the wooden strips out and then using an ordinary nail
    > puller to remove the nails? If not, how do I remove the strips and
    > the nails?
    >
    > jim


    Cloves and safety glasses. A flat bar works the best
     
    Sacramento Dave, Aug 28, 2005
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  4. I use a flat pry bar and am usually able to get the strip and the nails
    holding it down all at once.
    Fill in using pretty much anything (thinset, morter, etc...).
    Cheers,
    cc

    "jim evans" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I assume this is simple but I've never had occasion to do it before.
    >
    > I need to remove the tack strips from one edge of my carpet, and later
    > replace them. It is a slab floor. My memory is these strips are
    > nailed down using some kind of concrete nails. Is it a simple matter
    > of breaking the wooden strips out and then using an ordinary nail
    > puller to remove the nails? If not, how do I remove the strips and
    > the nails?
    >
    > jim
     
    James \Cubby\ Culbertson, Aug 28, 2005
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  5. jim evans

    jim evans Guest

    Thanks.

    jim
     
    jim evans, Aug 28, 2005
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  6. ps. watch the tacks, no matter how careful I am, I learn just how sharp
    they are the hard way!


    "jim evans" <> wrote in message
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    > Thanks.
    >
    > jim
     
    James \Cubby\ Culbertson, Aug 28, 2005
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    jim evans Guest

    On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 09:37:59 -0500, John Willis
    <> wrote:

    >If you are going to replace the tack strip and the concrete is old and
    >brittle, you may want to drill holes and install anchors with which to
    >screw down the new strip. Sometimes it is difficult to get concrete
    >nails to hold in old concrete as concrete never stops curing. It gets
    >harder and more brittle with age.


    Thank for the tip. And, I assume if I replace he tack strip there's
    no point in filling the holes left by the nails?

    jim
     
    jim evans, Aug 28, 2005
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    Todd H. Guest

    jim evans <> writes:

    > Thank for the tip. And, I assume if I replace he tack strip there's
    > no point in filling the holes left by the nails?


    If you're putting carpeting back down, there is seldom a good reason
    to not reuse existing well-secured tack strips.

    I just had carpeting redone in my basement, and the carpeting folks
    were thrilled that full tack strips well secured to the concrete were
    there for reuse because they take a stretch so well.

    Best Regards,
    --
    Todd H.
    http://www.toddh.net/
     
    Todd H., Aug 29, 2005
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