It's true that they both put a lot of time, thoughts, and effort, without which we could not have done this much in a relatively short time, so THANKS guys!
Underneath the carpet that we removed laid the original tiles from 1950, sitting firmly (stuck) to the cement subfloor. Here, you can see reddish-brown tiles under the mangled carpet (we were quite inexperienced in carpet rolling).
With an impulsive decision, we started scraping them away with a couple of floor scraper, one of which broke, so I had to run to a hardware store to get another one. During my
Hammers to the rescue!
That's right, T and E ended up hammering the sh*t out of those tiles, throughout the whole house, while I scraped away what I could. Was I concerned about the foundation being cracked? Hell yes! But what could I do... they needed the exercise.
Here's one pile-o-tile from one room... and we had 4 roomfuls of similar waste.
And the cement underneath.
Everybody slept very well that night and woke up with sore arms and chest.