can we get an award? lol
An award for "what were the PO thinking?!?!" We finally got to pulling up the rest of the dining room carpet (living room next). What a mess! Of the 11' x 12' 7" room, the first 8' x 4' or so of hardwood is damaged. After much thought, the best we could guess was that there was a 'flood' of some kind. There are drywall screws and roofing nails pounded into the boards, and places where someone took a saw to the lengths of the boards! Here are some pictures with the questions at the end.
1. The whole room. We've been told that for a time, the previous owners (who lived here about 50 years) walled off this dining room and turned it into a tiny bedroom for 2 of their teen aged girls. Can you imagine?! You can see where the stud wall was - it's the cleanest part of the floor, nicely outlined in white paint. The pink rectangle is the damaged part, we assume the floor is the same under the china cab.
2. Here is a close up of some of the damage. Our best guess is that maybe the girls had a fish tank, family went on vacation and tank leaked while they were gone? They come back to expanded and warped flooring, dad has a fit and saws the boards to fit then nails the boards back into place?
We were hoping to rent a sander and refinish the floors, but what do we do about the damage? Is it hard to cut/replace? Would it cost a lot to be professionally replaced? And advice/ideas/suggestions?