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:
Here’s what a few hours of work got me:
Here’s where I am after two days of inserting the thin tip of a crowbar under very old linoleum and then pulling up.
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.