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    I'm going to rip the carpet out of our hallway. There is pretty decent hardwood underneath, but I've only ever removed carpet that was on subfloor, so what is the best way to remove the tack strips without damaging the floor???
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    I just used a very small hammer and pulled the nails. Always pulled in the direction of the strip to avoid hammer hitting the floor. Wear all leather gloves. You will save your self from a lot of cuts and scratches.

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    I was able to do mine with a pair of channel locks. Basically, grab the strip at the nail, stand above and yank as hard as ya can. Also, you can wrap your flat bar in duct tape to create a barrier.

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    Wear all leather gloves

    I used a 12" wonder bar. Worked fine for me.
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    A 'Shark Bar' works really well. Shark Bars are thinner than wonder bars; as long as you're careful not to "chisel" it into the flooring, it will slide right under the tack strips.

    Place a cedar shim between the shark bar and the flooring. Also, only "pry" near the small nails that hold the tack strips down, otherwise, they may snap.

    You could also try using a small cats paw to work the small nails out, but, the tacks will probably make this difficult.
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    Place a cedar shim between the shark bar and the flooring.
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    All good advice but no matter how you do it you will end up with broken pcs and nails left in the floor. Horseshoe pliers or nail cutters will grip and pull these no problem. Just take your time an wear leather gloves as those suckers are sharp. Hey are your tetanus shots up to date.

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    Glad I asked, great advice! Thanks.

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