Fixing Damaged Hardwood Floors – Part 2
Now we’re just going to continue on from our first part of fixing this old, damaged hardwood floor. If you missed the first part, you can catch up on it here.
Now I’m just going to get this all cleaned up and then we’ll cut our next, our new piece of flooring, I’ll show you that one it’s all done and how to install. Okay so we’ve cleaned this all up, we’ve vacuumed it all out, we made sure that we didn’t have any woodchips down underneath here and we also cut out the paper that was underneath there, there will usually be some kind of underlayment paper type product under there so we cut that out so they are glue can glue right to the old subfloor, I’ve manufactured a piece of flooring to go in there.
Now the flooring normally, oh yeah here’s a piece here, this is what it normally would look like. So you have your grove on two edges and your tongue on two edges, now we need to cut some of that off in order to be able to get it in because we obviously can’t get it all fit together like a puzzle like it was before. So in this case, I left the grove on this one edge but it actually cut everything else off, I cut the grove off of this end and I actually cut this edge on a babble you can see there.
So I cut off the tongue that was there and also babbled the piece so it will tip in there a little easier and I slightly babbled this end as well when I cut it to length, now this particular flooring has a slight babbler on each edge and that’s why you kind of see the little bit of grooves here. So because this piece was cut out of a longer piece of stalk, I’ve got a factory end here but I didn’t on this end so I babbled that in like I said and I slightly sanded this edge to give it a babble again and you can steam it or color it so that it blends in with what you did.
I actually just took a felt jiffy marker and just put a line there so it creates a shadow and it won’t look any different than any of the other joints. So now something else I did, I added these two pieces of tape on here and really those are just handles to help me get it out if I need to get it back out of here, once you go so far, it’s not going to come out with these handles but if I just drop it in there and need to readjust it or something, I can usually pull it out with these pieces of tape and I just simply cut them off after.
So I am going to do just a bit of a dry fit to make sure it fits in nice. So I need to kind of tip it at the right reaction, get everything lined up and down in the right spots here, there we go, okay. So it looks like it’s going to go, I don’t want to pound it in cause I don’t have any glue under there but I look like my length is good, width is going to be snug but it usually is, so I am going to pull that back out, I can actually take these off cause there’s no going back at this point, I’m just going to make it fit so I’m going to use some construction adhesive right on to subfloor cause we won’t be able to nail this one after, we could face nail it if we needed to.
But generally the glue itself will hold things together quite well. I’m just going to squeeze a little bit under the edge of this backboard since it won’t be held down quite as good as it was before, give it a little bit extra, so that’s lots of glue under there and I’ll just get my piece in there, now usually with most adhesives, that construction adhesive, it’s nice to be able to put your piece in and pull it back out, just for a second to let that gas off but we’re not going to have that option in this case, it’s just got to go in once and that’s going to be it.
So I’ve got things lined up, I’m pretty happy with how things are going to fit, now I’m just going to take a piece of scrap and tap this down in there, you could use a rubber mallet as well just to maneuver it back in to the spot that it’s got to go and try not to damage any of the flooring around it, so I’ve kind of got this end started, this end is going to go, want to be careful that we don’t splinter the ends as it drops down in there as well, it’s gone.
So once that groove sets up, you’ll never really be able to tell that there was anything done to it, we’ve got a nice joint, both ends, looks just like it did before we pulled it out other than we don’t have that big split at the end of it. Okay so that’s the way I know of for getting that flooring out, it’s not the easiest thing to do, it takes a bit of a time but if you just go slow and are just real careful about not damaging anything else, you shouldn’t have too much problems. Obviously dry fit it like we did to be sure it’s going to go and just take your time.