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I spent today and yesterday using a crowbar and hammer to chip away at some really old linoleum. Under the cat pee-stained carpet there was disintegrating yellow foam that was stapled to plywood; under the plywood was what seemed like fossilized linoleum melded to a layer of tar paper. But underneath it all was the prize: more wide plank pine!

Here’s where I started:3brloofr1

Here’s what a few hours of work got me:

A few hours of work.

A few hours of work.

Here’s where I am after two days of inserting the thin tip of a crowbar under very old linoleum and then pulling up.

After two days of work, much of the linoleum has been lifted.

After two days of work, much of the linoleum has been lifted.

In some places, the linoleum came up easily, in great strips. But in others, I had to use a hammer to really jam the tip of the crowbar under the sticky, thick tar paper stuff. A lot of times I lifted big wood splinters up with the linoleum–the very top layer of that beautiful pine that I just know is waiting to be released from its fossilized prison!

The house is speaking to us–it wants to be free.

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