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Patching the Hardwood Floor

We had the hardwood guy, David, coming in the morning so one night last week we cleaned out the Bedroom and the next night Stefan patched the floor where the radiator pipes had been. First he cut away the damaged wood where the pipe had been. Notice how he staggered the cuts since individual rows of hardwood shouldn’t end at the same spot.

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Then he cut pieces from our scrap flooring pile, trimmed off the lip and slid them right into place.

A couple taps from the pneumatic nailer and Ta-Da!

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It looks great now but wait until you see it after David the Floor guy gets done with it!

Sarah

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  1. 8/12/2013 | 5:52 pm Permalink

    You make it sound so easy! Left out a few steps 😛

    1. Remove cast iron pipes with gigantic pipe wrench and 5′ long steel cheater pipe.
    —-> Pipe wrench does not have enough grip for the one super-tight, corroded iron pipe. Cut through pipe length-wise with long sawzall blade to loosen threads.
    2. Use Fein tool to cut floor boards length-wise to release tongue and grooves from the floor boards staying behind.
    3. Carefully cut right angle edges into floor. I made the cut at an angle to the end of the board, so it has a coped-style edge – sand away the edge to make perfectly square.
    4. Shim subfloor so patch boards are supported.
    5. Patch boards are too wide (boards varied in width). Rip on table saw.
    6. Remove bottom edge (on table saw) of patching board groove, so that you can insert the tongue, and set the board in.
    —> Sand non-showing edge of board round so that the patch board can rotate into the opening.

    Patching the floor all-in-all didn’t take too long. The right tools really helped:
    Fein Multimaster
    Mitre saw
    Table saw
    Pneumatic finish nailer (and of course an air compressor)
    – Scrapers/Screwdrivers to remove old finish and dirt from tongue and grooves
    Pry bars
    Combination square
    Nail sets and hammer
    Shop Vac to vacuum up all the debris to get the boards to sit flat

    There were probably other tools I used too. Any project seems to require tools from all around the house (and often takes a long time to find them all).

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  2. 8/12/2013 | 8:30 pm Permalink

    Yep, Stefan’s comment sounds more like it. Including the hour to round up all the necessary tools. But it looks good in the end.Good job as usual.

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  3. 12/6/2013 | 8:07 am Permalink

    Hi Stefan,

    You shared such a useful details about tools and easy steps about patching the hardwood floor. You have done such nice job.

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