Refinishing 1850 wood floors

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Phillyrowhome
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Refinishing 1850 wood floors

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Hello! I am fairly new to this website but I’ve gathered quickly flooring is a hot topic, so please don’t mind another floor post!

I live in a home built between 1820-1850 (haven’t figured out when exactly!). The floors are pine and we have no subfloor, On the first floor you can see cracks going into the basement, and on the top floors there are cracks and god only knows where the everyday dirt ends up! I would love to refinish them because they’re are very worn. My first issue is that we have the old old nails that are holding the board to the joists, they’re all flush w that boards right now but I’m assuming we’d need to tap them in if we plan to sand? Also, there are gaps between most floor boards, and this drives me crazy. Is there any food method in filling these gaps? Or is it best to replace the boards that have too much of a space? I’d love to tackle this on my own so any insights would be helpful!!

Thank you.

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