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Old 01-06-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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Is there a way to pull up wood flooring so that it can be reused? When the builders built my house in 1925 they layed the floor down after all the walls and trim were installed. Now that I'm moving walls and stairs around, I either need to patch in or re-lay the floor.
If it comes up easy, I'd like to pull it all up run it through a planer before re-laying the floor.
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I'd be will to bet this floor will not come up easy and you will damage/destroy a lot of it - especially the tongues.

Patch in new where you need it. You can stain it to match the old floor.

If it is pretty rough, rent a floor sander after you get all the patching done.

You'll get it done a whole lot sooner, cheaper and easier.

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Thanks, that's been my experience so far. I thought there might be a way to pull it up without breaking the tongue.
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We just did this last week on a remodel project we are doing, it is actually quite simple; however, you are going to loose a bit of the floor.

Starting against the wall where the floor was finished (You need to figure this out on your own) run a skilsaw through the first or second plank (See how close you can get to the wall). Rip that piece out totally (It's now destroyed) using a prybar and hammer loosen the next piece, work the prybar by twisting it slightly along with the claw on the hammer all the way along the wood. This will 'release' most of it from the next tongue and get it free.

It get's easier once you get going across the floor, pull the nails and it's ready to go again, you will damage some of the tongue and groove, if it's minor, I would worry you can still reuse it.

We (2 guys) pulled 800 sq.ft. and 'denailed' in about 12 hours. Pulling the nails took the longest. Before reinstalling we ran it through a thickness planer just to get the wax and what have you off it. Ready to put back in tomorrow in another section of the house and refinish by the end of the week.
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12 hours... Note to self, Patience grasshopper.

I think I was trying to go too fast.

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Sounds like you're going to need to piece in flooring either way, so maybe just leave it be, patch in new pieces, and then sand it down and refinish. If you stagger the patches by taking out some pieces along the patch (where walls were removed), then the patches may not show.

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