How do I patch this hardwood floor strip?


Now that you have started to replace part of your wood strip flooring, you will need to continue with the project and finish it up. Here are the basics of how to continue patching your wood strip flooring.

Step 1 - Cut the Tongue

When you are getting ready to put a new board into an existing hole in the floor, you are going to first need to cut off the tongue of the board. This process can be very tricky and you want to make sure not to damage the board when doing it. It is going to be easier if you use a table saw for this part of the process. Hold the board under the table saw, and gently move the blade down onto the tongue. You want to completely remove it from the board so that it will fit down into the gap that you have created by removing the existing boards.

Step 2 - Install the Board

Now that you have successfully removed the tongue on the board, you are going to need to install it onto the floor. You will have to press it down into the hole...

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This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the proper and safe way to remove an old finish from a hardwood floor. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: Full episode: How-To Videos playlist: How to Refinish Hardwood Floors: How to Lay a Floating Floor: How to Epoxy Coat a Garage Floor: Shopping List for How to Strip a Hardwood Floor: - window fan, used to exhaust dust-laden air from room during sanding - plastic drop cloth, used to...

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Mark the floor board plank and drill holes

Photo 1: Determine what needs to be removed

With hardwood floor repair, you need to first determine what should be removed. Look at the damaged flooring plank and decide how much length to remove. You want the new butt joint to be staggered about 10 in. from the butt joints of any adjacent flooring courses. Draw a line for the cut, then use a sharp chisel (1 in. or wider) to carefully cut the line through the top 1/8 in. of the flooring to create a crisp edge that defines the new butt joint.

With a spade bit, drill three relief holes next to the layout line to remove the bulk of the wood. Complete the cut by using the chisel to trim the full edge of the butt joint completely square and clean.

Replacing damaged or hole-filled hardwood tongue-and-groove floorboards takes a couple of hours, sharp tools and an understanding of how to break the interlocking tongue-and-groove board edges. When removing old flooring,...

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Hardwood floors are durable; they stand up over time, weather and wear and tear. That’s one of the reasons that so many people opt for hardwood floors in a new home. Despite their durability, floors can be damaged through mistreatment or even common wear and tear.

Some of the most common damage is done through home remodeling, spills and stains on floors where the finish has worn away, or cracks and holes in the floor. However, some damage is accidental; for instance if you’re widening a hallway or adding on to your home, you may uncover flooring that is in disrepair.

Patching a hardwood floor is not the simplest of tasks. It takes time and patience. It also takes some skill and level of comfort with both circular and miter saws. If you’re not comfortable cutting into the existing floor in order to patch a hardwood floor, it’s best to call in professionals before you end up with more repairs to make.

Many of the newer hardwood floors are created with a...

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If you would like to learn hardwood floor repair, this article will explain the basics of how to remove damaged planks and replace them with new ones.

It only takes a single damaged area of flooring to ruin the appearance of your entire room, which is why it is so important to understand the basics of hardwood floor repair. The good news is that the procedure is fairly easy; you just have to make sure that you have the proper tools and instructions ahead of time. Before you begin, make sure that you have the following: circular saw, ruler, utility knife, belt sander, hammer & chisel, mallet, table saw, miter saw, nail gun, sand paper, and tack cloth. Now you are ready to begin repairing hardwood floors.

The first step in the hardwood floor repair process is to remove the plank that is damaged. You can begin by drawing a line down the center of the plank to act as a guide because this is where you will be cutting. It is imperative that your saw be on a setting so it...

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LESLIE: Well, one of the biggest happy surprises in home improvement is pulling up carpet to reveal hardwood floors. Now, for some reason, in the ’60s and ’70s and even into the ’80s, homes were constructed with beautiful hardwood floors, which were then quickly covered up with wall-to-wall carpeting, sometimes shag, usually in a nice shade of avocado.

TOM: That’s right. And most of the time, the floor’s been protected under all that carpeting and is in really good shape and just needs to be refinished. Here to walk us through the steps is This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

Welcome, Tommy.

TOM SILVA: Thank you. It’s nice to be here.

TOM: Now, is this a do-it-yourself project? Because I’ve seen this project done well and done really badly.

TOM SILVA: You’re so right. I have, too. I mean if you’re going to use – if you don’t have any experience with a drum sander, I would say stay away from the drum sander. They actually have sanders that...

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Hardwood flooring wears for many years, but eventually there will be boards that need replacing due to water damage or excessive wear and tear. It’s not a difficult process to remove strip wood flooring, but it does take some patience. Before you begin to patch the hardwood floor, find replacement boards of similar wood and width. If you’re lucky, there are some extra pieces set aside in storage from the floor installation. If not, you should be able to find similar boards at a lumberyard or home improvement center.

Measure and cut the replacement board to the length you desire, using a circular saw.

Lay the replacement board on top for the damaged one. Score the top of the damaged board with a utility knife to mark where you need to put the replacement board.

Drill a series of 5/8-inch holes with a paddle bit down the length of the damaged board. Space the holes 2 to 3 inches apart. Do not drill into the subfloor.

Set the sharp edge of a chisel along...

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Don’t use vinegar and water to clean your floors. Vinegar is an acid and it can damage your hardwood floors. Use an almost dry-damp mop when wiping your floor and dry the floor with a clean rag after mopping. Maintain a proper humidity level of 35-55 percent to avoid trapping excess moisture in wooden floors.

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We bought this house a few months ago. The previous owner told us to use Bona cleaner twice a month and the microfiber pad at least every other day. These hickory floors are beautiful, so I am taking her suggestion. The pad picks up all our cat hairs too. Never use water on hardwood. Be careful of trying many different products on your floors; you will get a build-up.

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Whether you cover your floors in carpet, tile or hardwood, the flooring throughout your home is an investment, and you want to keep it looking its best for many years to come. At Ace Hardware we offer a variety of products to help you protect your floor from damage and keep it looking new.

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For carpeted floors, it is especially important to keep it protected from high traffic or home updates such as painting. Carpet protectors, such as carpet protection film, consist of large plastic sheeting that covers your carpet and prevents paint, dust or dirty shoes from having direct contact with the carpet. Carpet protection is also important when moving furniture across the floor. There are several carpet caster cups and slides available that...

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It is simpler to replace square-edged boards than tongue-and-groove boards, since they do not have interlocking edges. Take care to avoid damaging cables and pipes below floor level.

Mark a pencil line on the damaged board over the nearest joist (Image 1). If the damage is central, mark lines on joists either side of the damage.

Lever up the broken board, using a pry bar (Image 2). Rest the pry bar on a wood offcut to avoid damaging the floor.

Once the board has been raised high enough, place wood offcuts underneath to hold it in a secure position (Image 3).

Saw along the pencil lines to remove the damaged section of board (Image 4). Protect the floor with a spare piece of board.

Using the damaged section of board as a template, mark the new board and cut it to size (Image 5).

Position the new section of board in the gap, and nail it in place (Image...

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