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Time to spruce up your space? A good place to start might be from the ground up, so why not fix up those hardwood floor boards for a fresh updated look?
Updating your home or simply repairing it for your own use can add value and longevity to your home. These step by step directions will guide you through the process of repairing hardwood flooring. It can seem like an ominous job but it doesn’t have to be a looming as it seems. Let Danberry Realtors guide your way! Good luck and have fun!
1. Replacing Old Tongue-and-Groove Boards
The interlocking design of tongue-and-groove boards means that to release them from their position, it is necessary to cut through the board joints. A circular saw is ideal for this purpose. Be careful to avoid damaging anything below that floor level.
A nail cutting blade will cut through any concealed nails. Be sure that the circular saw is set to the exact depth of the damaged board.
Run the saw down the entire length of the board on each side of the damaged area where possible.
Pry out the damaged board using a pry bar. Rest the bar on a wood off cut to prevent the bar from damaging adjacent boards.
Using a sharp chisel, remove the tongue from the new board. You may need to use a saw, if the boards are thick.
Put the board back in place. You must use finish nails and fill the holes to achieve the correct repair.
2. Replacing Chipboard Floorboards
Use a circular saw for this as well. Do not worry too much about any superficial damage caused to other boards, since the floor will be covered.
3. Replacing Old Square-Edged Broken Boards
Since they do not have interlocking edges, it is easier to replace square-edged boards rather than tongue-and-groove boards. Again, be careful to not damage cables, pipes, and other wires, below floor level.
Use a pencil to mark a line on the damaged board over the nearest joist. If the damage is centrally located, mark the lines on the joists on either side of the damage.
Hoist up the broken board, using your pry bar. Rest the pry bar on a piece of off cut wood to avoid damaging the floor. Once the board has been raised high enough, place off cut wood underneath to hold it in a steady position.
Use your saw to cut along the penciled lines and remove the damaged section of board. If necessary, protect the floor with a spare piece of wood.
Using the damaged section of board as a template, mark the new board and cut it to size.
Position the new section of board in the gap, then nail it in place.
4. Matching Board Dimensions
It may prove to be difficult to buy replacement boards with matching dimensions.
If the new boards are too wide, reduce the width with a power plane.
If an exact depth match is not possible, buy boards that are slightly less deep than the desired depth. Position pieces of hardboard on the joists below to level the boards.
5. Securing Loose Boards
Loose or creaking boards can be a common problem, but they are relatively easy to fix. Of course taking care to avoid anything below floor level.
Drill a pilot hole down through the board and into the joist below, on one side of the loose floorboard.
Hammer a nail into the hole, only if the floor is exposed. If appearance is not important, use a screw, which will actually be more secure.
If using nails, use a nail set to drive nail heads just below the surface. Repeat on the other edge of the board, if necessary.
6. Filling Gaps Between Boards
Gaping boards can cause drafts and be unsightly. For square-edged boards, large gaps should be filled.
Cut a strip of wood to fit in the gap. Apply wood glue to both sides of the strip.
Insert the wood strip into the gap. Allowing it to sit slightly above the floor surface.
Use a block plane to remove the excess wood, after the glue has dried, and to create a smooth finish flush with the floor.
7. Exposed Board Solutions
If floorboards are exposed, finding a replacement board that matches the existing boards can be an issue. There are some tips below for a good way to deal with that problem!
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