Pulling up and reusing hardwood floor

Old 09-24-01, 05:02 PM
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How do you pull up hardwood flooring, that will be used in another place in the house, without damaging it?

Thanks a lot

Old 09-25-01, 11:03 AM
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First of all, your going to lose some of the boards in the process so be sure that the area you want to move them is smaller in area than where you take them from.

That said, get yourself a flat bar- a wide prybar with grooves in the ends for severing nails. Your boards are most likely tongue and groove. That means that the boards are only nailed through the tongue on one side. The groove side is held in place by the tongue and allowed to move with the seasonal expansion and contraction.

With a circular saw, run down the length of one run of boards as close as 7you can to a wall. Pry up these boards and then begin moving along the rows, carefully. You want to preserve the tongue and grooves as well as you can. I would work in one direction, expose a tongue, ease up the edge where the nails are pull the board away and begin again.

Hope this helps a bit.


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