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Posted by Caleb on July 19th, 2000 12:50 PM

Hi all,

We are re-doing several rooms in our house that have wood paneling. Rather than painting the panels, we decided to remove them, patch the drywall, and re-paint or wallpaper. We discovered that there isn't drywall behind the panels, but horizontal fir planks.

As we tear apart our walls and remove the tongue-and-groove fir strips that form the walls, we wonder if it is worth saving them for flooring or for other purposes. Although they are 75 years old, the planks are in good shape, 4" wide, and up to 15 feet long. It would make lovely flooring, I think, except that it is fir. It seems like fir would be too soft, but I also seem to remember seeing it for sale somewhere... Suggestions? Comments? Thanks for any advice.

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