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Hey y'all

I work as a project manager for a GC in New Orleans. We are about to reinstall about 2000 sf of salvaged heartpine into a historic home. It was removed to allow for repairs and reframing of the floor system. The flooring is 3/4" thick by 3 1/4 wide .

We have an in house crew that does our floors , but they haven't ever installing salvaged flooring in this quantity.

The question I wanted to run by you guys is this : if the tongues and grooves are in relatively decent shape, is it possible to reinstall as-is? They have been denailed and there isn't any dried poly or filler because I think the floors went for a very long time without being refinished .

Or is it going to be worth it to get the tongues and grooves remilled ? I assume there isn't some magic way of doing this without narrowing the planks by at least half an inch.

Thanks in advance for your insight

Phil
 

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Nope not a necessity if like you say they're in good shape.
 
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I would think your flooring contractor should be able to inspect the product and determine the course to take? Difficult to call without a picture. Do you have any?
 

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Why not just throw some down and rack it? It will either go together or not.

As far as magic, you could dip it all in liquid fertilizer and see what happens. hehe Kinda like in Swamp Thing (The greatest tree movie ever)

As to re-milling, a decent mill could cut the back off and make a groove to match the existing tongue and you'd only lose a little less than a quarter inch.

I made that sound easy. So what?
 

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Why not just throw some down and rack it? It will either go together or not.

As far as magic, you could dip it all in liquid fertilizer and see what happens. hehe Kinda like in Swamp Thing (The greatest tree movie ever)

As to re-milling, a decent mill could cut the back off and make a groove to match the existing tongue and you'd only lose a little less than a quarter inch.

I made that sound easy. So what?
Yeah, the hard part is figuring out how much expansion space to leave where the floors butts the walls. :whistling
 
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