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If you have ever lived in an old house-a very old house-then you will know the problem of termites. They can cause serious damage to old wooden floors. If you can use replacement wood (in our case, a heart-shaped pine plank taken from the attic), you can almost immediately make these floors look like new. Knowing how to repair and/or replace wooden floors in old houses can really save you some money. By learning this skill, you can increase the value of your home while helping it look great in the process.
We recommend that you prepare the following tools to complete this task. It does not take a lot of time to replace the wooden floor, but you will end up doing a lot of cutting. You also need to use a pneumatic or cordless nail gun to secure the new parts.
Before we show you how to replace the wooden floor, you need to get rid of the problem area. We recommend choosing a remote area to start. Once you get the hang of it, you can go back to the high-traffic areas in the middle of the living room.
The first step in repairing wooden floors is to determine the area to be repaired. You want to remove as much damaged wood as possible. Wood putty doesn't look good, so don't try to save an 80% good piece, unless you absolutely don't have enough substitute materials.
We also like to have a bird's eye view of the work to be done. This is especially helpful when you have multiple locations that need to be replaced. Once you have determined the best way to allocate replacement wood for repairs, you can start your first area.
Start with the circular saw and cut twice in the middle of the first board. You want to rip the two lines because you want to remove the wood by pulling it horizontally away from the adjacent plank. You don't want to lift it upwards because this will damage the tongue of the parts you intend to leave in place. We prefer to use a circular saw that can be connected to a store vacuum cleaner to minimize dust.
After you tear several channels into wood, you can use a small flat bar or spudger to remove the channels.
After removing the channel, you can take out the remaining wood and clean the area of the wooden floor you plan to repair.
Remember, if you do not need to remove the entire plank when repairing the wooden floor. You can use a swing-type multi-tool to cut a vertical line on the wood to form a break point. Make sure to cut in the center of the floor joist. This gives you a place to nail the new board:
You don't want to break any tongue from the adjacent board. If you are having difficulty removing part of the circuit board, use a swing-type multi-function tool to cut a wedge-shaped notch near the end. This allows you to safely swing the wood back on its own without breaking your tongue on the adjacent wooden floor that you haven't repaired.
After removing the difficulty of wood, adding new works seems like a children's game. You do want to measure and cut very carefully to minimize the number of gaps between the blocks. We use a cordless circular saw to cut the wood on the outside and then bring it in for final installation. You can also use a miter saw.
Use veneer nails to directly fix the wooden board on the joist to complete the installation of the wooden floor. Our house in the 1920s had no padding, so we had to choose the fastening points carefully. Two blasts per joist are enough, you need to adjust the angle of the nails. This is especially applicable at the end to ensure that the new wood remains safe. The last step will be used to fill gaps and small nail holes.
Finishing the wood involves several steps. First, you need to use a belt sander to flush the wood with the adjacent parts. Remember to use a tool that can be connected to the store vacuum cleaner to remove most of the dust again in this step:
After sanding the wood, use an orbital sander for secondary sanding. This allows you to obtain a smooth surface suitable for your varnish finish.
The final step involves adding wood filler (or wood putty) to fill the gaps and provide you with a smooth, filled surface suitable for staining or varnishing. You need to use a strong wood filler to blend naturally with the finished wood. Plan to apply the putty After that, sand the wood again to make everything beautiful and smooth, and to remove any extra filling on the surface.
After applying the last coat of finish, you will hardly notice where to repair and replace the wood.
Learning how to repair and replace wooden floors requires a lot of work. We feel that the final result can always make up for the lack of work. When you are sure that the floor is salvageable and only requires on-site repairs, replacing a small area is much more efficient and practical than re-laying the entire floor. We hope this helps you learn more about how to repair wooden floors. At least, we hope it will inspire you to make your own wood flooring project.
When he is not remodeling part of the house or playing with the latest power tools, Clint enjoys life as a husband, father, and avid reader. He has a degree in recording engineering and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another for the past 21 years. In 2008, Clint founded Pro Tool Reviews, followed by OPE Reviews in 2017, which focuses on landscape and outdoor power equipment. Clint is also responsible for the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, an annual awards program designed to recognize innovative tools and accessories from all walks of life.
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