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pulled out carpet - staples - pull out or hammer in?

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pulled out carpet - staples - pull out or hammer in?

took off my carpet - can i just hammer in the staples instead of pulling them out? there are hard to remove staples that i'm wanting to just pound in.

I am installing a 12mm laminate with an attached pad. no underlay on subfloor.

Thanks for the advice!
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I had the the same dilemma this past winter. Ended up getting a friend to help me and we pulled a few hundred out with pliers in a short time. It went quicker than I had anticipated.
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Lexisexy wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 11:55 am
took off my carpet - can i just hammer in the staples instead of pulling them out? there are hard to remove staples that i'm wanting to just pound in.

I am installing a 12mm laminate with an attached pad. no underlay on subfloor.

Thanks for the advice!
When we were doing nail down hardwood, we pull most of it out. Few that were hard to take out we just hammer them in.
With the right tools (flat screw drivers and a piler, it wasn't that difficult to pull them out)
For laminate floor I dont' think it matters that much. For wood floors, the hardwood nail could end up hitting the staples if there are too many on the floor.
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oh good. we are trying our best to pull out but there are some stubborn ones. LOL. Thanks!
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For the stubborn ones, just dig them out. You're not worried about damaging your floor at this point, right?

For our reno, we ended up tearing out a bunch of carpet on the stairs. A bunch of staples got left that seemed fairly embedded, so we just left them. Over the winter, many of those staples ended up backing out somewhat, creating a toe/bare foot hazard. We ended up digging them all out eventually, even the ones that still seemed quite embedded.

In your case, I'd rather pull them all out now, rather than leave some that might work their way back out. It doesn't matter much if they damage the back of your laminate, but I'd be concerned about the noise.

Just my $0.02... Much easier to deal with now than a year from now.

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Lexisexy wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 2:03 pm
oh good. we are trying our best to pull out but there are some stubborn ones. LOL. Thanks!
needle nose pliers make fast work
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Lexisexy wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 2:03 pm
oh good. we are trying our best to pull out but there are some stubborn ones. LOL. Thanks!
for the stubborn ones, twist and roll. dont' pull.
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Lexisexy wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 11:55 am
took off my carpet - can i just hammer in the staples instead of pulling them out? there are hard to remove staples that i'm wanting to just pound in.

I am installing a 12mm laminate with an attached pad. no underlay on subfloor.

Thanks for the advice!
Pull them out. Use a flathead if you need help.

Prepping the subfloor is very, very important to the final product. Make sure they are level as well.
Kevin Somnauth, CFA
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You can quickly pull them out with channel lock pliers. Just grab staple and use the plier head as a lever. Works if there is the odd nail as well (never know what you will find in renos).

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