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Forum topic by Bieser posted 04-02-2013 04:03 AM 986 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2013 04:03 AM

I am looking for some advice.
I have an old house built over 100 years ago that is very run down, I will be going to visit the property this weekend and would like to find some salvageable lumber for a project. House has not been lived in in probably 50 plus years? Its in Colorado, My question is what are the chances I can find some decent lumber and where would you think the best place to look would be? What signs should I look for with the lumber to tell if its any good?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 04:10 AM

If I could get to them I’d check out the floor beams, not the joist, beams.

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 04:49 AM

Also check how the walls are paneled, in all likelihood there are 1×10 or 12 planks all hidden behind some kind dry wall. Just be careful pulling that plaster/ dry wall out as there is a very good possibility there is asbestos present. But there is great wood there as long as there isn’t an infestation. If the house is coming down check the beams and trusses in the ceiling because there will be some pretty thick stock there also. I’m not sure what species you will have present but there is a great possibility there is some very decent wood in there!

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 11:09 AM

Kitchen (and bathroom) cabinets are most likely hand-made. Might be some nice flat panels to use there

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 12:38 PM

Ive pulled great usuable lumber from old houses from the exterior sheathing, subfloor, and behind the plaster walls. If found a lot of nice wide board pine, oak, and a few random pieces of chestnut. The honey hole would be the exterior sheathing behind whatever the siding may be. Like Rich said there could be some asbestos in the plaster so at bare minimum wear a mask, a good one. Its usually found in the scratch/base coat. Good luck and let us know what you come up with.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks guys. It will be interesting to see ill post some pics

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