Heart Pine floors have gaps between boards


Old 08-29-15, 04:49 PM
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Heart Pine floors have gaps between boards

We have 3", tongue and groove, Heart Pine floors through out our 93 year old house. I am sure the floor was put down while the wood was green. So, now, there are some gaps between boards. A couple are wide enough the tongue is almost out of the groove. Short of pulling and replacing them, can someone recommend a fix. I thought of sanding them and pouring varnish in the cracks but it would take forever to dry.
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Old 08-29-15, 05:17 PM
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How long are the gaps? Were they always there? Wood filler might work if the gaps aren't too long.
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pics would probably be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html

Filler is used all the time on cracks between boards. How successful it will be long term depends a lot on how wide the crack is and how well the floor is supported. Does the flooring have any give? is there a subfloor under it or can you see thru the cracks?
Old 08-30-15, 07:19 AM
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Are you new to this home or have the cracks always been there? It is somewhat normal for wood floors to expand and contract with the change of seasons. In summer, we run air conditioning which cools the floor and it contracts. In the winter, we run heat which will cause wood to expand and close up the gaps. Older homes with wood floors seem to be more susceptible to these issues.

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