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Black Stuff – GONE!!!

The Time was 10:30 p.m. as the last of the tar paper black stuff was lifted off the floor.

These are the must haves when one is going to take on a project like this:
Get out the phone book and turn to massage therapy, write that number down – call and make an appointment one month from that day. The next important task you’ll need to do is find the calmest radio station – classical music, we’ll say, and save it – trust me – in the beginning of this project you will need it. I call it a precautionary measure so sharp objects like a 5-in-1 doesn’t end up being thrown like a Chinese Star at the wall. When acceptance sets in that this is going to take what seems like forever then you can switch to whatever music pleases you. For me, I started with classical/new age music then moved to alternative rock. The last thing you will need is your favorite beverage of the spirit kind. Go and splurge on yourself, buy the most expensive, bring it home, now put it away. When the last of the tar paper black shit is removed and the nasty glue that accompanies it, you will be celebrating. There will be high fives, and a huge relief that the last piece of black tar paper/glue shit has been forever removed from the inside of your home. I forgot the most important thing patience – huge amounts of patience. You will need at times to call upon it, again, so a 5-in-1/your favorite sharp object doesn’t end up being used like a Chinese Star.

I don’t know why, but for me this was more important than the supply list of buckets, garbage bags, roll upon roll of paper towels (party back), 5-in-1, vinegar, Dawn dish soap, spray bottles, hot water, sponges (party back), and gloves (party back). Yes, I broke down and used the rubber gloves.

Note: If you get the tar paper, glue shit on your favorite work clothes the dawn dish soap will take it right out, so the husband tells me.

The Nightly Floor Show

I thought I should show everyone how far I have gotten on the floor. It is going way tooooo slow by my standards but others are surprised that I have gotten this far. I have only been working on it for a couple hours a night, actually about 3 hours a night since Tuesday.

We started with this:

And I have gotten this far:

Can I tell you how much I hate Tar Paper – it’s the devil.

Some things I learned along the way:

-Vinegar, hot water, and a couple of drops of Dawn in a spray bottle breaks the nasty glue stuff down. I would not kid you, whatever type of glue they used – this cocktail seems to dissolve it.

-I figured out last night that if I score the heavy tar paper with the 5-in-1 that the cocktail is able to get in and help dissolve the glue which helps to lift the tar paper.

-The Iron is my best friend.

– I have yet to find anything to clean the glue off my hands.

Below the Black Stuff

I e-mailed Larry over at Simpson’s Folly for a conformation on the soap and water to remove black stuff and glue.  Thank you again Larry for the suggestion and the laughs.  I told Larry that if I ever heard anyone talk about gluing any flooring, of any type, that I would hit them over the head with a frying pan. This act is for the next person who will someday have to remove it.  Larry suggested that I should slather them with the glue before they wake up.  I like that idea, I like that idea a lot.

Nothing like good ole behavior modification.  Better think twice before putting any glue, on any floor  – stupid.  How in the hell do you plan on replacing that floor when it wears out?  I know – put sub floor over, glue and new floor.  WHACK – up the side of the head again with the frying pan until they utter the words – “floating floor system”.

I started at the worst possible section of our kitchen.  I knew the fools would have used heavy amounts of glue in the corner and along the edge. This is my process of what I did to remove the “Stuff” off our floors and I take no responsibility if anyone tries this on their floors.

I had my favorite hand tool, a 5-in-1.  A bucket full of hot soapy water. One empty bucket with a garbage bag for the black tar paper/glue stuff. A clean sponge – not so clean any longer. A new roll of paper towels. My best bud in the world – my friend the iron.  For this floor, the key was hot soapy water, steam to keep it hot and wet, then scrub, scrub, scrub that hot mess off as fast as possible and keep moving.

A note about the steam iron: I do not put it on the floor. I hold it about an inch over the spot that I am working on to keep it moist.

I found out early on that if the glue was allowed to get cold it becomes rather brittle – what a pain. The soapy water must be changed often, it becomes gross very quickly. Keeping the edge of you scraping device clean at all times is a must or the black tar paper glue stuff will collect on the edge making scraping difficult.

So this is how far I got in a couple hours. Things began to move quickly when I got the process down.

Today I am going to take off the rest of the woodwork and see how far I get with the cleaning of the floor. I noticed that the one baseboard is rotted out along the bottom edge. I wonder what is below that.


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