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    Default how to remove tack strips from concrete?

    i've ripped out the carpeting and padding from my baby's room and now have run into a problem.

    i can't get the tack strips out of the gypcrete flooring? i'm planning on putting in laminate soon.

    thanks.

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    Stanley makes a small ripping bar called a 'Wonder Bar'. It's a mini crowbar. Put at the joint btn the concrete and the tack strip under a nail. Whack it with the hammer to wedge it under the strip. Then pry upward. The tacks are likely only 5/8" long and smooth shanked, so they'll pop out with relative ease once you get a little leverage this way.

    I did a 9x12 room like this in about 10 minutes.
    (important note: I'm not a pro)

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    Use some eye protection. You may also end up with a few divots that will need minor filling.

    Paul

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    Red face thank you!

    that's a big help, thanks!

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    You may also end up with a few divots that will need minor filling.

    Correction. You WILL end up with a LOT of divots.

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