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oldhouse7
Old floors need TLC
oldhouse7

Hi All - looking for some advice on rescuing some 100 y/o 2" oak floors (and saving my wallet, as new floors from a pro are not an option).

Many places of the floor are splintering, exposing the tongue and providing splinters in our feet. The house is old, and I like that, plus I have a couple large dogs, so the fix doesn't need to look perfect but the floors still need do need to look good. I'm thinking to replace damaged boards and refinish with waterlox but had a few questions:

1. Given the current state of things, is there an option for staining a darker color? I'm afraid to sand further, so thinking safest option is a screen and recoat but am not sure if stain/waterlox could be applied over a screened floor.

2. 2" flooring isn't as easy to source as 2 1/4", how good or bad of an idea is it to get some 4" or 5" planks and rip them to 2"?

3. Based on the photos below, think I'm better off doing all new floors myself rather than replacing many individual sections?

Any other thoughts or words of encouragement?

A. Spruce
Re: Old floors need TLC
A. Spruce

Contact flooring contractor suppliers to see what is available for replacement pieces. If you live in a decent sized metropolis with lots of old homes, you might be surprised what is available to you. If you can't find anything the right size, your only option will be to make your own, which may include thickness planing in addition to width/length modifications. If you have to make your own, I'd forego the T&G and simply nail in strips of flooring, the odds you'll be able to mill the same T&G profile will be slim, though you can try if you've got the tools to do so.

As for refinishing, with the damaged areas replaced, you sand out the entire surface until it is a reasonably uniform color and smooth, then stain the entire surface to blend in new/old boards, and then finish off with a good quality top coat.

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