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10-30-2012 06:10 AM

Hey folks- I am in escrow to buy a house and am wondering what wood these floors are. This is under the carpet- and I am assuming under the linoleum as well… It does not look like its ever been sanded. Wondering if it would look/work well if I polish it up or if it is best covered…

I can get more pics if those aren’t clear enough. Or I can conducts tests or something. I am a newbie.


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#1 posted 10-30-2012 06:17 AM

Looks like fir to me.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 10:04 AM

second the Fir…..

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 10:16 AM

I’ll third fir, but check with the dog to be sure….it gave a closer inspection that we can?

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 11:57 AM

Either fir or possibly old growth yellow pine. Either way, it would look grand lightly sanded and sealed with a nice gloss floor poly. Just remember never to sand against the grain or you will have scratches forever.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 02:15 PM

I agree with the for. I also agree with Tennessee on the finish.

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 08:45 PM

Definitely fir.. will be beautiful if sanded and finished. It’s softer than other flooring woods, such as oak, so I wouldn’t recommend tap dancing or stiletto heels.

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 09:08 PM

Try to avoid prostitutes with a tap dancing fetish…

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 09:11 PM

LOL David. Something I guess we should all avoid.

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 09:24 PM

It’s probably tongue and groove fir like the others have said. Your profile doesn’t say what State you are in. This type of floor was common around where I am in California back in the 60’s and early 70’s. How is the weather where you are? I’m betting there is no insulation under that floor unless somebody has added it. I just did some work on a rental house my parents own that has the exact same floor. When we stripped out the carpet and some of the old underlayment you could actually feel wind coming up between those fir boards in places. I think the builder counted on putting wall to wall carpet over that floor and the carpet and pad acting at least as a little insulation. Just something to thing aboud.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 02:08 AM

It could be white pine, too. I agree with fir or pine.

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 06:12 AM

Mark sir I think you are dead on.

1950, Gilroy CA. It is tongue and groove as well.

David- I will make no such commitment.

Tenn- I will test a section!

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 04:21 PM

I’m concerned about what appears to be staining. As soft and absorbent as fir is, it might not sand out. Anybody add to that, or am I being too fussy?



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#13 posted 10-31-2012 06:35 PM

Lee, some people think that adds character. But a water stain is a water stain, ugly and needs to go. If it is deep, possibly bleach it out. Darkening from rug edges is another bad one.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 03:01 AM

I was surprised to see it being used for a finished floor, not just underlayment. I can’t imagine it giving any where near the service a hardwood floor would give.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 11-01-2012 03:22 AM

Sure looks like Fir to me as well : )

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