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Subject: Water damage to wood floors

Water damage to wood floors

From: John Horton <jhorton>
Date: Thursday, August 6, 1998
I am consulting with the architect on the Thomas Wolfe Memorial
restoration in Asheville, NC. From my earlier posting, you will
recall that the circa 1883 house was heavily damaged by fire on July
24. The areas of the house which were not consumed by fire were, of
course, soaked with water. We are currently assessing the extent of
the damage and need some opinions to support our ongoing research. I
am requesting information from anyone on the Conservation List who
has had any experience with the restoration of water damaged
flooring, i.e., cupping, buckling. The flooring in the 1883 section
is pine throughout, averaging 6" in width, 1" thick. The surface has
been painted for many years. There is no subflooring, although
several rooms were floored over with 4" wide boards--these rooms
have buckled up severely.

Our restoration team would greatly appreciate any advice,
references, and/or anecdotes that will help in our decision making.
Check out the Thomas Wolfe Memorial home page at
<URL:http://home.att.net/~WolfeMemorial/> for additional info. Fire
damage photos will be posted soon.

John Horton, Restoration Specialist
NC State Historic Preservation Office

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