>> I was thinking of trying to save money on the premade hardwood flooring
>> and just using pine strips (kiln dried) for flooring insted. I would
>> get an air nailer to make sure the nails are deep enough, then stain
>> and varnish.
>> Does this sound like a good idea, or what should I do insted?
>Southern Yellow Pine is the only pine commonly available that
>is hard enough for flooring.
>'Kiln dried' just menas the wood was dried in a kiln without
>regard to HOW dry. If you are talking about the wood sold for
>ordinary construction it is usually not dry enough for flooring.
?Anything that is, will probably cost almost as much as
>tongue and groove flooring.
My sister has wide-board pine flooring which she had installed all over
the first floor of her house more than 30 years ago, and which has held
up beautifully under her kids. Reasonable care is the key to keeping it
durable - like any wood floor. BTW, I saw T&G pine flooring (3 widths)
for sale at a local flooring company last week. Didn't ask what kind of