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How to repair and care for old timber floors

Timber floors are a perfect fit for any home or office, especially when complemented with a nice glossy finish. Not only are these floors comfortable, but also a poor conductor of heat hence they do not change their temperatures drastically when the weather changes. If you need to repair your old timber floors, here are some of the steps that you need to follow.

Getting new groove boards and tongue

The tongue and groove boards are made of an interlocking model. This means that it is necessary to release them from the model by cutting the board joint. The best saw to be used here should be circular in shape.

Steps to follow

  • Check for concealed nails and seek for a nail cutting blade that you will use. The depth of the circular saw should match the level of the damage.
  • On the damaged area, run the saw on every side of the board.
  • Using a pry bar, pry out the part of the board that is damaged. To avoid damaging the rest of the bar, lay the bay on the cut off.
  • Remove the tongue from the new board with a sharpened chisel. A saw is preferable where the board is thick.
  • Place the board in the right position using nails and fill the holes.

Cut across the grain on the boards
Another way to a cut on the damaged boards is cutting across the grain, as it is the best way to remove a small part of a board. Filler will be used in cases where the adjacent boards will have cuttings on the edges.

Floorboards chip replacement

This method is similar to the one used in replacement of tongue and groove boards. A circular saw is the best tool for this process. Since the floor remains covered, other board damages may not be apparent

Match boards dimension

It may be a hard task to look for boards with matching dimensions. The power lane is an important tool that can be used to reduce the width to the desired measure. In instances that you find boards that have different depth, it is better to purchase those that are less deep.

Fill all gaps found on boards

Drafts may be caused by gaps on boards. The problem may be found in square edged boards and also tongue and groove boards. Larger gaps may be filled on square edged boards. On each side of the strip, apply wooden glue and fit a wooden piece of strip. Place the wooden strip inside the gap and hit it with a hammer. Take a block plane to remove excess wood after the glue has dried up.

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