We finally made the commitment to rip up the carpet and linoleum and install hardwood flooring in our home. To save 50 cents/square foot, thaKing and I removed the carpet and linoleum our selves. There is a reason I don't do manual labor...IT SUCKS! We thought it would take only two to three hours, but oh no, it was easily 7! My back ached for days. My fingers were sore from tugging and pulling on the linoleum. My pink and whites were left in tatters. In the end the floor was definetly worth it.