My parents closed on house yesterday and me and my father started ripping out the old carpets to get to the gold underneath. Beautiful oak floors, looks like it might be red oak. Doesn't even appear that there is any stain or varnish on them, they are still a little rough. Looks like they must of put them in and never did the final sanding and finish. Only problem is the wall to wall carpet in the main room had the padding stapled down.
I just don't understand why someone would cover up floors like that in the first place. I'd be willing to bet they were covered with carpet since the house was built in 1951.
As far as the carpeter goes there ought to be a Law!
I can understand nailing the tack strip down but they stapled the padding along the seams about every 4 inches so i have 4 holes every 4 inches in a straight line in 3 spots in the room. I must of pulled out 300 staples. We're going to see what we can do after we get them sanded, probably start with some sawdust mixed with glue and see if that works.
Edit: hmmm toothpicks was one idea Google brought up, I wonder if they have hardwood ones to match color?