Guide for Engineered and Solid Hardwood Repair

Repairing hardwood flooring can be done successfully with a bit of patience and care. Here is a brief how-to on wood plank repair as you consider doing it yourself or calling a flooring contractor.

Steps to Replacing a Tongue and Groove Wood Plank

1.     Using a circular saw, set the blade depth to the depth (thickness) of the wood flooring.

2.     Make several lengthwise cuts through the damaged planks.

3.     Set the edge of a chisel or prybar into one of the cuts you’ve made, and pry out the wood. Use this method to remove the entire plank. If there are additional damaged planks, they’ll be easier to remove once the first plank is out.

4.     Cut and remove any tar paper or similar underlayment beneath the plank or planks.

5.     If just one plank is being replaced, cut off the lower edge of the groove using a handsaw or a table saw with the blade lowered so that just the lower edge is removed. If multiple boards are being replaced, all but the last can be fitted into place and blind-nailed as you would during initial construction. Only the last board must have the lower edge of the groove removed.

6.     Apply construction glue designed for wood to the edges and bottom side of the only or last replacement piece, and press the piece into place. Optional: For added stability, face-nail the board to the subfloor with a nail every 12” to 16”. Sink the nails slightly below the surface, and fill the holes with matching filler.

Most professionals charge by the time and materials required to do the work and have a minimum fee ranging from $100-$200 for small jobs plus the cost of materials. Hourly rates typically start at about $75.

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