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Old 08-18-2016, 06:53 PM   #1
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Has anyone used old reclaimed gym flooring? If so what's your experience been? I got a good deal of $1sqf of 3/4 maple still nailed to the 2 1/2 subfloor. That would cut my cost down by at least half.Figured my plywood cost would be $320 plus my flooring would be about another $300. Total sqf of bus is 255sqf. I just rounded up to 300 to have extra maple flooring for a table or bench to make.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:35 PM   #2
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Old school maple flooring? Go for it! The stuff is beautiful and wears like iron. It also goes in the old school way; no tongue and groove stuff, etc. You'll probably want to strip it before you install it. A good topping of polyurethane will keep that floor beautiful for years!
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:45 PM   #3
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If you have the rubber floor I wouldn't a few years ago it was deemed toxic.

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Old 08-18-2016, 10:10 PM   #4
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The rubber flooring in the bus? It's already been gutted out, there's linoleum on it now, just gonna lay it on top and seal up any small existing hole's. The guy I'm getting it from said it came from a gym floor in WA. Guess the pull out bleachers they had that went over it when pulled out for games didn't adapt well to it due to the height of floor and where the bleachers needed to be set. He's got 2x8 whole panels that he ripped up with a skilsaw. All I gotta do is rip them down to 91" and slap them in. Thinking bout just renting a big ass floor sander and lay them out on the driveway after stripping the polyurethane it currently has then reapply it.
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I was thinking of the rubber floor used in gyms.

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Has anyone used old reclaimed gym flooring? If so what's your experience been? I got a good deal of $1sqf of 3/4 maple still nailed to the 2 1/2 subfloor. That would cut my cost down by at least half.Figured my plywood cost would be $320 plus my flooring would be about another $300. Total sqf of bus is 255sqf. I just rounded up to 300 to have extra maple flooring for a table or bench to make.
I've bought some of that before; my idea was to saw it into strips along the old seams, then use it to make built-up ("bricklaid") bowls to sell.

What I found, at least for the what I bought (all from one gym demo & redo) is that it had been sanded down and refinished enough that the actual thickness of what was still there varied from a solid 3/4" to a sneeze. I don't know if that will bother you in your application, but it's something to think about. At least sight over the surface and see if it's dished in places.
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