a Hardwood Floor*
there is a problem with a section of your Hardwood Floor does not mean
that you need a new one. Odds are that you can repair your Hardwood floor
yourself. Whether or not you need to replace a strip of flooring, fix
a buckled board, or remove stains and scratches, most repairs are simple
enough to do yourself.
Replacing a strip or plank of flooring
a strip or plank of flooring is damaged and is beyond being saved by sanding
and filling, you have to replace it. Most floors use a tongue-and-groove
design for connecting adjacent strips. This design makes replacing a single
strip or plank challenging, but not impossible.
1. Using a carpenter's square, mark a perpendicular line across the section
of the board to be removed.
2. Using a wood chisel or a saw, split or cut the damaged board into two
This step will make the removal of the tongue and groove flooring much
Pry out the damaged board. If you take a strip out of the middle, you
can pry the remaining pieces away from the adjacent boards before prying
them up. Remove any additional boards the same way but cut them so the
end joints are staggered.
4. Cut a replacement strip to the same length as the one you removed.
As needed, cut off the bottom side of the groove on the board and the
tongue. Removing these pieces of the flooring makes the new piece fit
in much easier.
5. Test-fit the strip to make sure that it fits. If it doesn't, recut
Once the new piece is in place, nail the board with 1and a1/2" long
ring-shank flooring nails and drive the heads just below.
Apply stain and sealer or whatever finish the strip needs to match the
a buckled board in Your Hardwood Floor.
Occasionally, a hardwood floorboard buckles, due to humidity levels. When
this happens, you need to fix it fast for two reasons: To avoid further
damage to the floor. And most importantly to fix a possible tripping hazard.
The best way to fix a buckled floorboard is to access the floor from below.
Install a 1-1/4- inch screw in the buckled flooring from below. Allow
the screw to penetrate only halfway into the flooring, or it may come
up through the finished surface. Driving the screw through the subfloor
and into the flooring pulls the flooring down against the subfloor and
gets rid of the buckled spot.
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