Question about old hardwood floors

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Old 11-29-12, 09:49 AM
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Question about old hardwood floors

I have an older house (docs say it's from the 50's, but I believe it's older (maybe from the 30's) and was moved to it's current location in the 50's.

Anyway.....I have carpeting over old hardwood floors. The hardwood is very narrow compared to today's floors (maybe 3/4" - 1" wide?). Also, there is no subfloor.

The issues I have with the floor are:

It squeaks like crazy.
I can hear everything that goes on in the basement, there is not soundproofing at all.

I pulled the carpet up from one room, and I can't tell if they would look good refinished or not (there are some gaps between boards, stains, etc.)

So...is it significantly more involved to replace these types of floors with subflooring and new hardwood, since these planks run under walls, etc.?

I'll try to take some pics of the floor as well as underneath if that will help.

Thanks a bunch for any help!

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Welcome to the forums.

Any idea what, if anything, is under these boards?
 
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Old 11-29-12, 10:10 AM
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Thanks.

Nothing but floor joists.
 
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Are you saying the boards are 3/4-1" wide across the face or is that the thickness?
 
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3/4" - 1" wide across the face....they're much more narrow than most of what I see being sold today.
 
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Old 11-29-12, 03:00 PM
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I think he is looking at 1x6 plank subflooring which may be made of hardwood. I would lay a subfloor over the top of this. 4'x8' T&G Advantech on 15# felt screwed to the joists. Then you can put any type of flooring you want over the top.

You may want to hit existing planks with some ring shank deck nails to quiet things down first.
 
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Old 11-29-12, 03:45 PM
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If they are only 1" wide across the face, they aren't planks. We gotta see these, so pix at your first opportunity, please.
 
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Ok, so I've figured out that I do in fact have a subfloor, it's just planks of wood instead of plywood like I'm used to seeing.

My next question, is my current hardwood floor that's under the carpet worth restoring. I took the carpet out of one of the rooms to see....as I said, it's much more narrow than what I see in stores....there are some gaps, stains, etc.

Any idea what type of wood it is?

And more importantly, is it worth saving, or should I just replace with new hardwood?

thanks a ton!!

Here are pics:

(full gallery at Floor Pictures - jerry's Photos )


 
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Looks like it's worth saving to me probably white oak
 
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I agree - I'd at least give it a shot.
 
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Looks like 2 1/4" white oak. Definitely worth refinishing. Glad you found your subflooring. Always hate it when you lose things like that
 
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It might be white oak (I have no idea how to tell), but it's definitely not 2 1/4 ". I know it's hard to tell in the pics, but I'd say it's 3/4" wide , maybe 1" at the most.

I wasn't sure if width had anything to do with quality, etc.
 
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There's enough of us Doubting Thomases here, so please bear with us. I don't see how the flooring was laid if it was 3/4" high and only 3/4" to 1" wide. It would have taken an awfully long time to do it. It has nothing to do with the quality, IMO, but how it was made with tongues and grooves. Can you humor us a bit and take another pix with a ruler laid across the floor?
 
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Absolutely...that's the plan tonight.

I'll actually measure it too (go figure!) lol.

I don't know how high it is...I never speculated.

But I'd guess it's 1" wide.

Either way, I'll take some pictures with ruler and upload.

thanks for all the help!
 
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Ok....so the planks are 1 1/4" wide...so much for my size estimating skills!

I'm guessing that it's worth trying to restore.
 
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Absolutely worth a shot at refinishing. Let us know how it goes.
 
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Any Update?

Hints or Tricks?

We are looking at purchasing a older home and have the same scenario and setup. Older hardwood that creaks everywhere!

Is there a way to stop the creaking and save the original wood?
 
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Old 04-04-13, 02:41 AM
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Nikki, welcome to the forums! Do you have access under the affected creaking floor? That would be your best avenue of eliminating them. How old is the house?
Do you know what type subflooring there is under the hardwoods?
 
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Wow that oak flooring looks in considerably better condition than my douglas fir.
 
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