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Katumba1 09-05-2007 04:20 PM

hardwood flooring
Recently in my house the dishwasher line busted and leaked for a few days onto my pine hardwood flooring in the kitchen. I was out of town and didn't get to it for a week or so. Whoever laid the floor originally (this is an old house) laid it right on top of two layers of linoleum (Ugg!). So, the wood had to be ripped up to get all the water and mold up.

My question is: i've now got about 170 sq ft of pretty nice hardwood flooring siting in my back yard, what can i do with all of it? I've opted to lay tile in place of the wood in case i decide to rent the place out. I really don't want to scrap it all. Is it worth anything? Could i use it to build a shed or something? It's got poly on one side. The back side is pretty black from all the years of moisture build up. However the wood is not rotten, and in pretty good shape.


KUIPORNG 09-06-2007 09:53 AM

if not that "The back side is pretty black from all the years of moisture build up" ... you could have place an local internet AD for anyone who want to pick it up for free... but the black thing might mean mold and this is no good for gift either....

May find a friend with wood burning fire place and give to him.... don't think you can get any $$ out of it... rather than spending $$ to dispose it...

ratherbefishin' 09-06-2007 11:50 AM

First, you say "pine hardwood flooring". Which is it, pine or hardwood? If it's pine (softwood) the mold/mildew might be too deep in it to really make it worth salvaging. If it's hardwood, it's probably mostly on and near the surface and you have a good chance. Clean it well with a 50/50 bleach solution and a stiff nylon brush, let it dry, then sand it to see how deep the staining goes. If it's hardwood, you just might end up with some good wood. If you can sand most, but not quite all of the staining out, you can encapsulate it with a good sealer/primer, then paint it. Should be fine to use in something like a shed.

Kui****g, firewood's a good thought, except for that poly finish.....not so good for your lungs or your chimney....:no:


Big Bob 09-06-2007 12:15 PM

Sounds like an insurance claim.

Your carrier owed you for disposal in a landfill.

O salvage value / are all the cut nails pulled and tungs in good shape, is the material stacked tight and neat in a dry location? Had the floor been sanded in the past?

you might want to save a few of the very best boards for possible future repairs to flooring in other areas of the house.

Free firewood sign in the front yard: "Free fire wood, I will help you load"

Katumba1 09-06-2007 12:59 PM

Right: pine is not a hardwood. I was trying to say that it was a 'real' laid floor and not pergo or a laminate.

I guess i'll put an ad on craiglist or something and see if someone wants it for free. The stuff is in pretty good shape. Oh well, i guess if it was teak or oak it'd be a different story. Thanks everyone for their input.


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