Dealing With Damaged Hardwood Floors

cracked hardwood floorcracked hardwood floorcracked hardwood floorToday we’re going to be looking at dealing with hardwood floors – more specifically, fixing damaged flooring.  I have got a problem here with this hardwood flooring, we have got some damage to it, it’s actually cracked. Right here you can see it splintered out right there so it’s too far gone and we can’t just repair it so I need to cut that complete board out of there. It’s a little hard to tell now because I have got the tape on the surrounding area to protect it but this is actually one piece from there to there and here to here so what we are going to do is show you how to remove that piece and fit a new one in there and hopefully you won’t be able to tell we did anything.

So to start off, what I want to do is use some tape to protect the surrounding floor so I don’t scratch it or damage it because what we are going to do is I am going to drill a couple of three quarter inch holes really close to the ends of the new board or the old board and then I am going to take a circular saw and make about three cuts from end to end of the board. So I have got to run this all over the flooring and stuff like that so we are just trying to protect the surrounding floor so we don’t have a bigger area to fix then we already do.

One thing to be cautious of when doing this is not to cut too close to the edges of your board because there will be some kind of nails or staples underneath there so you don’t want to cut through them hopefully and end up getting a piece in your eye or something, we definitely want to be wearing some safety glasses and that’s a basic thing. So I am going to drill my holes, make my cuts with the saw then I will use a chisel to whittle away it to get the piece broken into two or three pieces and get it out of there.

repairing hardwood floorsSo anyways, I am going to go ahead and start. So one thing we want to be cautious of is not drilling too far so we want to get through this board and just slightly into the subfloor below but we don’t want to punch the hole right through. You can tell the difference, you will start to see some different material coming up then you know that you have likely gotten through to the sub floor. I should have brought the vacuum over to get rid of these woodchips, trying to keep the area clean so that there is less chance of scratching or marking anything up.

Move that out of the way, now I am going to make the cuts with the circular saw so I have set the depth of the blade about an eighth of an inch deeper than what the thickness of the floor is and I am going to make my cuts, I don’t want to cut past the ends of my board I am trying to take out or I will end up damaging the next piece so you have to be real careful.

We have obvisoulsy created a lot of dust. I am going to vacuum that up. Ok, so we have got our basic cuts made, we will see if that will be enough. So now what I am trying to do, because these boards are sealed on all four edges, everything is locked together with the surrounding pieces so what I am trying to do is get the centre of this board out of here so that I can pry the edges in and get them out of the groove.

So I am going to take a chisel here and hack this apart hoping to get everything to come free. Actually, I am going to drill one more hole in the middle here that should help. A couple of more holes will get things loosened up, right from the start. I am just going to use the chisel and try to get these pieces out to begin with.

Ok, so I have got the centre pieces out so now I have to get the very ends out of the groove that’s there and once I have that out, then I should be able to pry these two strips on the sides inwards so this is where you have to be really careful because you don’t want to pry up against the existing planks that you are trying to leave there so it takes a little bit of care.

I have got those ends out pretty easily, drilling that third hole really helped, I am going to try a red bar. Every time it takes a little bit of experimenting to see what’s going to work the best… getting this to move already, this will be the side… you wouldn’t know this if you put the floor down but for me, I know that this is the side that isn’t nailed so it will be easier to get out to start with. I might need to get this end off.

Ok so there is one side of the board off, now if we can get this other side to do the same thing we’ll be in good shape. So little by little, you just want to keep moving your way along here. So I’ll just continue along, you’ve seen me get one stapler already; I’m just coming up to another one right here which you probably can’t see. So I’m just going to work my way along until I get this out. Okay so you can see I’ve got the main part of the board out, I’ve got a staple here left and half a staple there and a whole bunch of splinters but you can see we haven’t damaged that floor, you got to be real careful about prying against it.