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salvaging fine old boards

Posted By: kary duncan
Wednesday, 3 May 2000, at 1:02 a.m.

We plan to slowly disassemble this 100 year old, 15k sq.ft. victorian mansion over the next 2-3 years. It is mostly beautiful grain heart pine (the original builder owned lumber mills here and the home was built as an inauguration/wedding gift to his son---Governor Hugh White. Of course, I never got anything more than a toaster, but...)

The work is very tedious, as I want the lumber intact. I won't even let anyone else help me, lest they bang and split and splinter as they carelessly remove the attic 1x14x14 floor boards, for example.

What I need to know is: What is the best way to deconstruct wall and floor boards? Is there a drill bit that can speedily remove nail heads, or some sort of reverse nail gun that sucks them up? (Like the guy that said he reversed the polarity of his microwave, and can now freeze stuff in seconds!) I've got an awful lot of sq. feet to get to. Thanks so much! Kary

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