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Need opinion on if I'm wasting my time on reclaimed flooring


I carefully pulled up the old floor in my house with about 85% success. I've had this floor sitting around for a couple years with the intention of planing it and re-installing it.
I've been reading around the interwebs that this is just a waste of time and a lot more work than it's worth. At about $4-$4.50/sqft for longer pieces, is it worth it to reclaim the floor?
One potential issue that came to mind is if I plane a 1/16 off, will the flooring nailer place the nail in the correct spot?
Before I buy a planer and discover that the old wood is chewing through planer-blades and the nailer is placing the nails in the wrong spot, any thoughts on if this is a worthwhile task or should just trash the old floor and buy new?
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I would not plane it, install it and sand it. Do not trash it, there are always people that need a few pieces and if you have the right species, size and grade it might be worth twice the price.
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Agree. No planing. Install as is and let the sanding clean it up.
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Also agree with not planing since you don't want to lose that much off the strips. But also not sure if I'd use the strips with the old finish and the changed wood tone, esp if showing a bit of cupping. Sanding those joints may not be worth the time.
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This isn't quarter or rift sawn so nothing special grain-wise but they are largely comprised of long pieces.
I'll just scrape the edges to get the 95 years of collected grim out, re-lay and sand.
Thanks all, I'll take your advise.
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I pulled up about 150 sq. ft of OK once, cleaned, denailed and re laid it. Sanded it of course. It looked great when it was done...it's just a ton of work. I believe I was a whole day denailing and scraping it. At that point in my life, I had more time than money.
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Just my opinion..

I would plain and finish it first.

Nothing better then soon as your done laying it, you're done.

The cost of two pair of cutting knives compared to all the other bull crap.
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I'm waffling on this. This one line makes me think to just get it done with new wood.
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Prefinished flooring always has a bevel on the edges to hide the fact that it's not perfectly flat/level with the next strip of flooring. If you just plane, sand and finish the boards there will be a bit of a lip between some of the boards.
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I'm waffling on this. This one line makes me think to just get it done with new wood.

Installing new flooring is a LOT quicker/easier!
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The biggest part of the job is done. You have already pulled up the flooring.
Now you just need to be sure you have enough, lay it down, sand and finish.
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