This story covers how to do the demolition that may be necessary to prepare for new flooring.
Taking off baseboards is the first step in demolition. Slide a wide putty knife under the trim and jiggle until you can insert a flat pry bar behind the wood. Move along the trim with the pry bar, keeping the putty knife behind it for added leverage.
Before you remove old drywall, make sure you won't damage utility lines. Tap the wall with a screwdriver handle to find a spot that sounds hollow. That's the place to make your first hole with the hammer.
Use a heavy-duty paint scraper or chisel to remove construction-adhesive residue. Soften stubborn spots with construction-adhesive remover.
When taking out old framing, you can beat the studs with a sledgehammer. But cut the nails if you plan to reuse the lumber. After removing the studs pry off the top and bottom plates.
Trim and molding: About 10 minutes per lineal foot
Drywall: 1-2 hours, 4x8 sheet
Framing: 5-15 minutes per framing member
Flooring: 30-45 minutes per square yard
Hammer, pry bar, utility knife, groove joint pliers, cordless drill, reciprocating saw, floor scraper, small sledgehammer, cold chisel, putty knife heat gun, spray adhesive remover
Prying, pulling nails, removing screws, cutting, scraping
Isolate worksite to contain the mess; determine utilities contained within the wall
Insert a floor scraper or wide putty knife under the sheet at a corner and pry it up. Work down each strip of the material, rolling the strip as you go. Use a hair dryer to soften the adhesive. Spray adhesive remover, let it work, and scrape the residue from the floor.
Crack one tile with a small sledgehammer and cold chisel to make a starting point in the middle of the floor. Break out the remaining area and chip out the grout along the edge of an adjacent tile. Tap a wide chisel under the edge of the tiles and pop them off the floor.