Hardwood Floor Repairs

The first thing we did was to pull up all of the old carpet and padding. We do this to get the lowest possible price on the replacement carpet. I knew that this building had hardwood floors, since we own a another unit right around the corner in the same complex (Note - one of these days, I will find to post the pics on that unit, which was our first ever rehab).



Overall, the floors were in pretty good shape, although somebody else painted the place without using a dropcloth. I'm going to try to clean them up instead of covering them again. I did come across a few problem spots, where the floorboards had been damaged or gouged. In these areas, cement was used to cover the affected board so that the carpet being installed would lay flat. Below is one such example:



In the picture above, the red circle shows the damaged area that was filled with cement. This area is right outside of the laundry closet (see the floorplan on the Introduction Page.)

Once I dug out all of the cement filler, here's what I was dealing with:



I could tell that the wood had been attacked by termites or some other wood-boring insect. The only way to fix this problem is to section in a replacement strip of flooring. To remove the bad piece, I started by making lengthwise slices through the board with a circular saw. The depth of the blade was set to the approximate thickness of the hardwood (usually 3/4").



The picture above shows only the first cut. With a few more parallel cut mades, it was pretty easy to pry the damaged section out.



With the piece out, you can really see how the critters chewed through the underside of the plank! The tricky part of this repair is that hardwood flooring is tongue-and-groove, meaning that each piece interlocks with the piece next to it. You can't simply nail down a new piece and having it look right without performing a few tricks.




In this case, what will make it possible for a low-visibility repair is the fact that I have already pulled up the hardwood floor as part of the Laundry Closet project. This provides an exposed edge to slide in a donor piece of wood.



The donor piece of flooring came from the Bedroom Closet project, and is simply tapped in through the exposed edge. This will allow the both the tongue and groove to interlock with the adjacent plank.



Don't ever strike the end of the replacement wood piece directly with a hammer - it will swell the end and cause it to get stuck or split! Above, you can see the steel jig (normally used with laminate flooring), and the masking tape placed under it to prevent the surface from being damaged. What you can't see in the picture is that there are two separate layers of masking tape, with another piece of steel between them. To help ease the installation, liquid soap was applied to the edges of the donor plank and the tongue/groove of the existing flooring.



With the first donor section driven home, a second piece is lined up and the process is repeated. Once complete, it is difficult to spot the replaced section!

In the living room, a small plank had been removed and filled with cement, as seen below:



Since this section is up against a wall, there isn't the option of driving in a new section from the side. In this case, a donor piece will be dropped in from above.



A drill was used to make a series of holes along the length of the cement. A small wonder bar and a hammer is all that was needed to finish the removal.




Once cleaned out and vacuumed thoroughly, a new piece is prepared for transplantation.



In this out-of-focus picture, an un-modified section of hardwood plank is on the top. Below it is the donor piece that was run across a table saw with the blade set at a 45 degree angle. Notice that most (but not all) of the lower "land" under the groove has been removed and cut at the angle, and a small amount was removed from the tongue as well. This will allow the piece to be inserted between the existing planks, yet still interlock to remain secure.



The donor section is then inserted, groove-side first at an angle. A few taps of the hammer may be required to seat it far enough so that it drops in completely.



Once fully seated, the repair is virtually invisible! Note - No screws or adhesive are used in this repair, yet the board is totally secure.

















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