Hardwood floor question...HELP!!

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Topic by Todd Thomas posted 04-04-2010 01:40 AM 3742 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Todd Thomas

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04-04-2010 01:40 AM

One of my best clients asked me to help her friend out with her hardwood floors. I told her that I usually don’t do hardwood floors because, I have to rent the machines, there are a couple of guys around here that do it cheep enough that I can’t really make out doing them. I usually only do them for clients that want a real nice floor with a Waterlox finish. Her friend fits that profile. the floors are 70 years old 3” red oak. still in real good shape, except they have areas that the boards have separated over time leaving cracks. Normally a few little cracks is no be deal but some of the areas have allot of them averaging 1/8 to 3/16 wide with a few if the bigger ones going 1/4 inch. talked to her about redoing them floor, doesn’t want to spend that much money, husband has her on a budget. Come to find out she had them finished a few years ago and the guy put some kinda wood putty in the cracks and it is busting up and falling out. whew…...so I don’t want to make the same mistake….does anyone know of a product I could use that will:
Take stain
and stay pliable

if so I could really use the help….

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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04-04-2010 07:55 AM

Hi Todd, I have seen a trick where you cut long wedges of the same wood say a 15 degree more or less depending on the crack width leaving it taller than the depth of the void to be filled to be planed or sanded. The wedge is glued & lightly tapped into the void & let dry. Then power plane & sand flush. The process is time consuming but looks better than putty or filler and wont shrink or crack. Another issue is the expansion, the old wood has shrunk & making it tight again could be a problem if too tight so lightly tap in the wedges. Also try to match the wood as close as you can. It will be seen by those with a critical eye but way better than any filler. This is only for the big gaps, the rest will fill with normal putty for floors. Hope this helps

-- Studie

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04-04-2010 03:02 PM

Todd, our men’s church group worked on a floor like this a couple of years ago using the same techique Studie is talking about and it worked great. Is this floor on convential foundation or slab?

-- ... In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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04-05-2010 10:35 AM

Hey guys thanks for the help…SawdustJunky it is on a foundation not a slab…...

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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04-05-2010 11:44 AM

Hi Todd,
I would recommend this method as described above also. I’ve used it with great long term results. There is also a product I have used on hardwood floors called Konig Hard Wax which I have used on occasions. I guess you could get it locally to you. This link will show you what I mean. It requires heating but it is great for minor repairs and hardens to a fantastic finish.

-- Garry, Neilston, Scotland

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04-23-2010 11:01 AM

Hey thanks for the help…We did the strips and it turned out fine, client is very happy…...now on to 2 more flooring project of my own….
Thanks again

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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05-12-2010 01:15 AM

You should be careful putting in the strips of wood in the flooring. Unless it is the middle of summer when the floor is at its greatest point of expansion the floor may force those strips out. You may not have an issue but its something to be weary about.

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