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Reusing prefinished flooring - removing staples

Posted by ehopkins (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 6, 11 at 23:39

I found about 250 sq. ft. of red oak hardwood flooring that someon pulled up and gave away (I don't know why). I'd like to reuse it, but I've never done any flooring.

The first problem is that it's full of staples. I've been grinding them off with a grinder, but that's taking an eternity.

The second problem is the finish. Can I sand it off? Do I need a planer or jointer?

Also, the pieces don't fit together great. The will fit, but you have to really press them. Is it supposed to be like that?

Thanks. Ed

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RE: Reusing prefinished flooring - removing staples

Cut the staples off with a diagonal wire cutter. Pinch any remaining wire flush with the tongue. There should be some resistance to joining the tongues and grooves (that is normal). After getting the staples out of the way, passing them through a planer could make fast work of cleaning off the existing finish. A few boards as a test would tell you if that is a good idea or not.

I have reinstalled previously finished flooring and then just sanded it all to gain a new surface, but I have professional equipment and do that as my trade.

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