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post #1 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Taking up an old hardwood floor question

Ok theres an old house on my property, not real sure on the age but i know its old. at LEAST 40+ years old. My granddad gave it to an old farm hand to stay in. The house has been vacant since his death 15 years ago and parts of the roof are in real bad shape. I snooped around in there this past weekend and obviously some of the floor is water damaged from the roof. But parts of the house in some rooms where the roof appears to be ok, the floorings seems good and strong. I think it is pine but it has been painted an off reddish orange color so i cant tell for sure...would it be worth my time to try and take out some of the wood that seems to be still good?

The wood had some sentimental value as the man that lived in this house was very close friends with my grand father.

If yal think it may be worth my time to try and take up some of the wood, what is the best way to go about doing so?
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First, 40 yrs is not "old". Getting up older dry hardwood flooring without damage, even if you are careful, can be iffy. Unless it is something special, it does not have much value, but can usually be reinstalled and refinished.
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If you want to try it, sure. But when you pry up flooring, what usually happens is the tongue splits where the nails go through it. If it doesn't great. But what usually happens is the nails stay in the underlayment and the tongue splits. So, if you want to re-use the flooring as flooring, you almost have to take a recip saw along the underside of the pine flooring and cut the nails. Of, if you really don't care to reuse the flooring as flooring, and just want it for woodshop projects, then don't worry about the tongue splitting. Let her split. You'll rip the tongue off on a table saw anyway.

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Ill ask my dad about how old he thinks the house is...im sure yal remember ol Herschel Walker. He's from the next county over...its his uncles old house.
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Looks like i was way off...the house is more in the 70 year old range..
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Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are very valuable and would cost a lot of money to replace!
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