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 Post subject: What species is this? -- rot replacement
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:48 pm 
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Hey All!

New here and to the DIY game. Just bought a duplex from 1914 and did the carpet lift up the corner test -- found hardwood! Spent the afternoon ripping it up only to find rot and mold :(

I'm going to replace the section(s) that need replacing then refinish the whole floor. Sadly I don't know how to determine floor species and need some help!

points of note that may help: Duplex from 1914, original HW, upper midwest lake region.

https://imgur.com/ylQrEJ1

https://imgur.com/jhhB4pv

Thanks for any help I can get in advance! :)


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 Post subject: Re: What species is this? -- rot replacement
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:27 am 
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Looks like Hard maple.


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 Post subject: Re: What species is this? -- rot replacement
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Do yourself a favor and replace that whole floor! Doing a section or sections then trying to sand and restain will likely cost the same as a full re and re with new pre-finished hardwood. With new material, you also get warranties and modern-looking selections, so its a better investment if your living in or flipping the house for resale.


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 Post subject: Re: What species is this? -- rot replacement
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:41 am 
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Pete A. wrote:
Looks like Hard maple.


Thank you! I thought it might be maple as our primary residences from the same era is also original refinished maple.


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 Post subject: Re: What species is this? -- rot replacement
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:44 am 
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WestonKris wrote:
Do yourself a favor and replace that whole floor! Doing a section or sections then trying to sand and restain will likely cost the same as a full re and re with new pre-finished hardwood. With new material, you also get warranties and modern-looking selections, so its a better investment if your living in or flipping the house for resale.


Thank you for your input.

Our goal is not to modernize the unit or flip-- part of rentability where we live is the charm and originality of original flooring, built-ins and stained glass leaded windows you get in 100 year old + buildings. In replacing the whole floor we might as well just put plywood down and carpet over :/


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 Post subject: Re: What species is this? -- rot replacement
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:07 am 
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Old growth along with an average of longer boards is not what newer flooring is made. Sorry you found such a surprise under the carpet!
Once the floor is covered with carpet, it is abandoned. Restore it as best as you can.
Well placed area rugs are a great helper!


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