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bud16415

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. I noticed that underneath every wall’s frame the carpenters dug the floor. See second pic. Why would they do something like that?
My guess is they built the walls before they put the floor down.
 

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I noticed that underneath every wall’s frame the carpenters dug the floor. See second pic. Why would they do something like that?
What do you mean "dug the floor"? It looks like the floor was laid down AFTER the wall was built, which is the normal way of doing it.
 

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I've framed in CA for 45yrs, and never built the walls before installing the floor seating, be it 1X6 dia. or 241 t&g plywood.
 

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That's the finished floor he showing. I don't know any builder who installs finished flooring before the partition walls are built.
 

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It is a finished floor but in these old homes around here it could have been laid 50 years after the house was built and still be 75 years old. Common here during that time to even put plank sheathing on the inside walls and leave open studs to the outside covered with wood siding. That way the farmer had inside walls to get him going for 20-40 years until he had money to get them horse hair plastered. same with floors.

The old house we are in now I was pleasantly surprised when I opened a wall for an arch way to find the hardwood flooring continuous under it. Did have holes for wires but they were easy to plug. :coffee:
 

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Mystery solved, they dug out the hardwood until they reached the subfloor, which is hardwood laid out diagonally. To my surprise, the floor does use tongue and groove.
 

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