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Old 03-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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My house was built in 1900, we would like to maybe rip up the carpet in our dining room and living room and use the original hardwood floors. The dining room currently has two layers of carpet over the wood floor. A plush carpet (not plush anymore) was installed by the previous owners in 1985 and orange shag carpet by the owners before that in 1972. The pine wood floor is underneath that and the tongue and groove floor boards are nailed directly to the studs. Would it be energy efficient to use these hardwood floors and how would we go about restoring them? The floor is not currently insulated in the basement underneath.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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Need to see how bad the floor is from the top side.
Unless you insulate and air seal that floor from below all the cold air from the basement and odors will be drawn into the room above.

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When we moved here 25 years ago we replaced the carpet in the living room, we saw the floor then and it was in good shape except around heating ducts were I guess they used to have a coal furnace and the vents were bigger, then downsized when forced air was installed in 1972. They used plywood to fill in around the new vents. We have never ripped up the carpet in the dining room yet but I would assume thats its the same as the living room.
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If it's been cut up and patched it's time for plan B.
Prefinished hardwood, engineered flooring real hardwood.
Still would have to go back and add ceramic coated decking screws to stop the old flooring from moving.
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