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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:59 am 
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Hi,

another question about reclaimed flooring. What's the quickest way to remove bitumen from parquet flooring? I have heard there's an adhesive you can buy that reacts with the bitumen to form the bond, alternatively maybe a planer/thicknesser (which I would have to hire) or lastly just good old elbow grease. Maybe you can recommend another alternative. Your opinions are greatly appreciated.

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I would think using a thickneser would be nothing but trouble. It's not designed to remove bitumen, which would cause you and the machine equal amounts of problems I would guess.

I think just using a scraper would be the best way. Remember that you non't need a sanded wood finish (assuming you are re-applying with bituminous substance).


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Iv'e found the best thing to do is to heat it with a blow lamp to melting
point and fix the blocks at the same time using the bitumen

A planer would be of no use because of the different thicknesses and if
you told a hire company what you intended to use it for they would
probably not hire it to you

Scraper :lol: good luck nice blisters

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Thank-you both for your replies once again!
Tryanything wrote:
Iv'e found the best thing to do is to heat it with a blow lamp to melting
point and fix the blocks at the same time using the bitumen

A planer would be of no use because of the different thicknesses and if
you told a hire company what you intended to use it for they would
probably not hire it to you

Scraper :lol: good luck nice blisters


As I already have an acrylic tile fixed with bitumen on my floor currently, could remove the tile and heat the bitumen on the floor with a blow lamp at the same time as heating the bitumen on the bottom of the block? If this method was suitable would scraping still be required? I've received some pics of the floor for sale which I'll post later today.

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Pics of the floor in situ. The lady thinks its sapele, but is unsure. I would be laying this in my living room and dining room which is approx. 22 m2 total. As I live on the IoW the freight is gonna cost me about £100 so If you think it's a waste of time please let me know , then I'll go back to the drawing board.

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