I am going to show you some of the tools needed to repair a basic tongue and groove wood floor. This is officially damaged by a 12 year old boy. I brought professional tools. You need a circular saw, hammer, chisel, and a pry bar. I’m going to pass out—this is the piece we will use for the replacement. I have cut off part of the groove and the end tongue. I’ll give you another piece to show you what one that is intact would look like. To get the tongue and groove back in, we have to alter it a little bit. If you could pass that around I’d appreciate it.
Okay. I have some pieces up here. I’m going to do a little bit of flooring magic up here real quick and change out some pieces to show you what it would look like once you make your cuts into the damaged wood. This was easier than actually making the noise with the saws today. I pre-cut the wood. Alright. What we’ve now done is we’ve taken our circular saw (and you want to set your blade just deeper than your actual floor)—whether it’s a glued down floor or a nailed down floor—If it’s a nailed down floor on wood, you can cut down into the existing floor a little bit it’s not going to hurt anything. If it’s a glued down floor you can cut into the glue a little bit. You just set your saw just deeper than the thickness of your floor.
Now when we do that we’re going to make what we call a plunge cut. Just like this, as we are trying not to damage any of the pieces on the other sides. Then we’re going to take our chisel and—(you can’t cut all the way to the other piece or you’re going to ruin the next one)—we’re going to hammer through the ends very carefully. Then, we take our pry bar and carefully remove the piece. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. We don’t have to worry about ruining these pieces since it’s already the damaged piece. (Jay is my new apprentice.) I know this may seem silly but it’ll save you a lot. My minimum charge for this is $500. This is something that you can definitely do by yourself.
So, once you have that piece cut out, (and if it’s a glued down floor it’s going to be a mess down there and you’ll have to be sure to get all the glue off) now we’re ready to go. You can do this whether it’s one damaged piece or two or three pieces. You can take out the full boards. Any questions so far? You sure?
How can you tell if it’s a glued down floor or a nailed down floor?
If you weren’t there when it went in, one of the easiest ways is this. If you tap on the floor and it’s really solid sounding, it’s probably a glued down floor. If you are on a raised foundation, there’s a chance you could have a nailed down floor. Any solid flooring will be a nailed down floor. This wood is engineered and is typically glued down.
Now did you guys get the whole concept of tongue and groove? We have a tongue on one side and a groove on the other. What we’re going to end up doing is sliding it in like that. You’re going to put the tongue in the groove so you still have part of the flooring intact. And then you tap it down and basically that’s it.
Now, how strong is that?
Any repaired floor is not as good as the original. But, one piece of wood versus repairing the entire $10,000 floor; this is the way to go.
If it’s a glued down floor where does the glue go?
If it’s a glued down floor you’d put glue down over the entire thing.
What about a floating floor?
Well, floating floors are not as easy to repair. It’s one of the things we don’t like to sell as much as the traditional ways of putting it in. You can still do it. You would glue the one tongue and groove and the one groove and you would put it in like that.
So, once you’re here you have a new floor again. If it’s a glue down you just put some weight on it for about 24 hours. That floor’s not going to go anywhere. It’s going to be fine for the rest of it’s life. If it was a nailed down floor, you would have to tap it and then use some wood putty. But, again, it’s either leave the damaged piece in there or get a new piece. Time’s up? Okay, Jay, thank you very much.
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