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Thoughts on plank floors

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by eclecticcottage, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Having a hard time finding inexpensive tongue and groove for the last two rooms. We've got heart pine barn wood for the bedroom and used reclaimed garage sheathing in the living room. I've found some hemlock planks (not T&G) that could get the last two rooms done for @ $130 plus materials (linseed oil, turpentine and poly-or paint). It's true 1" thick. Any thoughts on this? We can go from 4" wide to 8", and plan to vary the lengths.

    This is the reclaimed sheathing floor:

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    We pressure washed, brushed vinegar/water on it, dried it, brushed on a BLO:turp mix, dried it, then brushed on the poly.

    this was the before

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    We're on a slab.

    You can get an idea of what kind of decor we've got via the blog linked below, but its a true Cottage so painted floors aren't out of the question if it would help with expansion/contraction.

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  2. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    2 rooms worth of Hemlock for $130.00.... I'd jump on that
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  3. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    i have laid 18" wide planks of white pine, butted, and screwed to Dryloc over concrete, in effect a floating floor, finished with water based poly to preserve the natural light color of white pine. Similar with 18" white pine planks over a wood sub-floor. Not a single crack and virtually no plank separation in either floor. I used wedges to drive the butts very tight and laid the floors in winter when the humidity was low.
  4. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    You could cut a ship lap easily on a table saw or with a router rather than just butting the sides together. Hemlock may be a little soft to stand up to furniture legs and traffic, you may want to use some good Polyurethane also.
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  5. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    My brother put 5 or 6 inch wide pine in his kitchen and entryway and it has stood up a lot better than I thought it would.
  6. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the replies! We believe the wood we reclaimed in the living room is hemlock. It is a bit soft, but we're not looking for perfect looking floors. Imperfect is perfect here, lol.

    Isn't drylock a concrete sealer? Or is it something else? I was thinking of using sleepers.
  7. Dune

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    My thoughts exactly.

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