We knew the blue speckled flooring (linoleum?) had to go, but we toiled with the decision to take out the subfloor or not. It would take a lot of work. Was it worth it? The condition of the existing floor was pretty good as is. Sure there were holes from the air conditioning vents we were going to take out, but we could always cover them up. Maybe it wasn’t worth it to tear up the floor. At that point, we only had 3 weeks left before we had to hit the road. Michael’s family thought it was a lot of time, but we knew there was so much more to do.
We decided to do it right, remove the flooring and plywood underneath and inspect the frame for possible rust.
What a godsend the air compressor was! Before Michael had time to show me how to use the tools, I had tried to use a paint scraper thinking my muscles would do the trick. Pshaw! My teeny, tiny muscle fibers were no match to the power that an air chisel has.
After the rubber flooring, we had to remove all the screws and bolts in wood subfloor. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. These fasteners are what we refer to as “the ticks of the construction world.” Their round head has been notched and bent in two places to create these “teeth” that lock into the plywood. Michael first tried to drill through the head, but that took so long.
Enter again the pneumatic chisel, which Michael used to tear up the wood around the bold heads. Once exposed, he had leverage to use the hammer to just chop off the head. We now can’t remember if it took us 3 or 5 days to get all the screws off. It was a looooong time. So long, in fact, that we skipped doing all the bolts, left about 15 % still on, and tore off the plywood in frustration
We were glad to have pulled up the original floor. We found some rust towards the front, we discovered that Michael had room to move his gear shifter from the right side to the left (more on that in another post), and we generally learned more about what we were dealing. It was a bear of a chore to lift up that sucker, but now we knew we could put a new, rigid, and more soundproof floor back in.