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Jenny
Tongue and Groove Subfloor
Jenny

Hi everyone!  This is my first post on here, so please forgive me if I'm in the wrong place.

I am in the process of buying my grandma's house which was built in 1946 and is in NC. There is a section of flooring that was water damaged before she passed and I will need to repair it when I move in. Upon inspecting the floors, I found that she actually had a very nice looking tongue and groove wooden subfloor, which wasn't a big surprise, but it looks as if the subfloor was also the finished floor when the home was built because it is painted. In one of the bedrooms it simply has padding and carpet laid over it. At some point part of the floor (in the kitchen) was covered with glued down linoleum tiles and then indoor outdoor carpet. The carpeted area in the kitchen is where the water damage occurred. 

I know many people would just replace the damaged area with plywood and cover over the whole area with a new floor covering. I would prefer to keep as much of the original floor as possible though. Does this sound possible? Can tongue and groove flooring that old be closely matched or would I need to purchase it from a local salvage yard? Would it be possible to remove the glued down linoleum tiles and save the floor underneath? If not, would it make sense to replace the entire floor with new tongue and groove hardwood installed directly onto the joists? And is new hardwood flooring strong enough to be used in that way? 

Sorry for all the questions, just trying to consider all my options here. Thanks in advance for any help or advice!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

HI Jenny,

We hope that you move to NC. That is where we live. Mt. Airy NC.

You can easily replace some of the bad floor boards. Determine how much that you need. There are many, many places that carry the same type of wood and the same size of larger. Also look around in places in the house that you may be able to rob a couple pieces from here or there to make up enough that you need to replace the damaged pieces. Don't cover it up, or replace it with any of the junk made today. There are a couple great re-hab stores around Winston and Greensboro that have flooring. Check there.

We removed all the old glued down linoleum in our kitchen. After trying to peel it up, we did most of it. But then I had the idea to use an electric plane to remove the adhesive. That worked really great. The wood is has plenty of meat left to be able to sand it and stain it. The floors in our Victorian house is Chestnut and Walnut. Very hard to find any extra. We robbed a little from the basement stair platform. That was enough to have to replace a bad patch at the foot of the stairs.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Jenny
Re: Tongue and Groove Subfloor
Jenny

Thank you so much Handy Andy! I already live in NC and wouldn't dream of moving anywhere else. I'll just be moving into my grandma's home as opposed to renting. I've been to Mt Airy a couple of times and liked it very much!

I'm so glad to hear that you were able to remove your vinyl flooring and save the wood underneath. I wouldn't have thought of using a plane, so thanks for that tip!

I'm near Raleigh and there are a few salvage and lumber yards in the area. I may take up a small section of the floor and take it to some salvage yards to try to find a close match. The house is so small that I don't think I can take enough from another area to make the repair.

I'm glad to see someone else shares my desire to keep the old though. My dad is a very skilled carpenter, but he just doesn't understand why I want to keep the old flooring. He's all for plywood and vinyl planks. Haha

HandyAndyInMtAiry
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HandyAndyInMtAiry

Jenny,

Guess what? You guessed it. We have started on one of the bathrooms upstairs, and found more square tile covering yet another wood floor. I removed all the square tile to find more of the black adhesive. It's now time for more time with the electric planer. I need to remove all the black adhesive. I do have a Festool electric plane that has a dust extractor. When we worked on the kitchen floor, the dust was every where. We spent more time cleaning that it took to remove the tile and the adhesive.

Word of caution, Seal off everything you can when removing the adhesive with an electric plane. And cover yourself well also.

Anytime you have questions, please let me know. Always nice to help someone that is not dealing with cookie cutter.

Andrew

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Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Jenny
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Jenny

Andrew,

Congrats on finding more wood flooring! I know it's a lot of work but it is definitely worth it! Thanks for the advice about sealing everything off for the dust. I've never used an electric plane so I wouldn't have even thought about the dust, until it was too late. Hahaha

Thanks again for the help and good luck with the new project!

Jenny

James
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James

check out the TOH savana house. they had a similar problem matching exisitng flooring.

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