Hardwood floors from places like Alpine Wood Flooring Inc add beauty to any home, so if you know of an old home that's being demolished that also happens to have a hardwood floor, you might want to look into salvaging the wood. Hardwood flooring can be easily removed and then reinstalled at a different location. Just make sure that the flooring is still thick enough and in good enough shape to justify recycling it in this way. Often, old hardwood floors may have been resanded several times, leaving very little worth salvaging.

What You Will Need

  • Protective Gloves and Eyewear

  • Crowbar

  • Pliers

  • Circular Saw

Step 1. Put on protective gloves and eyewear.

Step 2. Begin by pulling out any heating vents installed in the flooring. Figure out what direction the tongue and groove is running in so you can reverse this as you are removing the flooring. One clue is to look along a wall for any face nail holes, which will indicate the grooved edge.

Step 3. Use a crowbar to pull away the baseboards. Try to be careful when you're doing this, since you may be able to recycle the baseboards as well.

Step 4. Go to the boards with the exposed tongues and pry them up using the crowbar. The best way to do this is to slide the crowbar under the board close to a nail and then lift up on the bar. You only want to pull it up about a quarter of an inch. Then move on to the next nail down and repeat. Do this all along the length of the board.

Step 5. Go back to the beginning of the board and repeat step four, prying the board up another quarter of an inch. Doing it gradually like this will minimize the chance that you will damage the tongue or split the board. Repeat this as many times as it takes to lift the board up. Use a pair of pliers to remove any nails in the board.

Step 6. Repeat this process to remove all the other boards in the room (assuming you want to take them all). Stack the boards carefully so as to not damage the tongue and groove fasteners.

Note: If you have trouble inserting your crowbar at the edge to start the process of removing the flooring, use a circular saw to cut a space between two boards close to the wall. This will allow you to remove the boards between the cut you have made and the wall, giving you access to the rest of the boards.

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