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Replacing a Strip or Plant or Flooring

If a plant or strip of flooring is damaged beyond repair, you will need to replace it. Most floors use a tongue and groove design for connecting adjacent strips. This design makes replacing a single strip or plank challenging but not impossible.

Firstly, look for any nails in the damaged board and drive as far through the board as possible by using a hammer and nail set. After you've cleared the nails, its time to remove the damaged board and install a new one.

Follow these steps

  • Mark a perpendicular line across the section of the board to be removed.
  • Drill holes along the marks using a ½" or ¾" diameter spade bit and power drill.
  • Split the damaged boards in to two pieces using a wood chisel.
  • Pry out the damaged board.
  • Square up the drilled an use a nail puller to remove any exposed nails or drive them in and out of the way with a nail set.
  • Cut a replacement strip to the same length as the one you've removed.
  • Cut off the bottom side of the groove on board.
  • Test fit the strip to make sure it fits.
  • Remove the replacement strip and apply construction adhesive to the backside of the strip. Initial the stamp.
Buckled Board Repairs

Every so often a board or two can buckle. It is critically important to get this fixed to prevent someone form tripping over it and to prevent further damage.

To fix this, you need to apply weight on the buckled board. A cement block works really well. From below install a screw in the buckled flooring and allow it to penetrate only half way. This helps pull the floor down and gets rid of the buckled spot.

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