How can we make this repair?


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Old 08-15-21, 06:16 PM
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How can we make this repair?

We've got a gap in the floor in our hallway, and we thought we'd loosen the shoe moulding and try to slide the flooring back together. (see attached picture) We can't get the flooring to budge. If someone glued it down, is there any way to tell and any way we can loosen it if it's glued down?

If that's not possible, are there any options for filling in that gap?

Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 08-15-21, 07:57 PM
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You will need to remove the baseboard too. On both sides I bet. Then they will slide together. Before you slide them back together, put some wood glue on the end of each tongue so that this never happens again.
 
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Old 08-15-21, 08:04 PM
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XSleeper, How hard is it to remove the baseboards? Will it destroy them, or will we be able to reuse them? This might be above our pay grade. Anyone know of any options for filling in this gap that won't look tacky?
 
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Old 08-15-21, 08:19 PM
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You need to be more worried about damaging the wall than the baseboard, by being careful where you pry. (Protect the wall with a wide putty knife and only pry between the base and the putty knife, not directly on the drywall. Only pry where the nails in the studs are... not between studs or you will punch a hole in the drywall.) I can't help if you don't think you're capable of doing it. And I'm not even going to reply to the filler question, that's absurd.

If it's too involved, call a handyman. It will require renailing the baseboard, caulking, touching up paint.

If you don't mind a couple holes in the flooring you might be able to temporarily fasten a block of wood to the flooring, then tap the wood with a hammer to bring those pieces together... if it works you would just have a small hole in each piece of wood flooring to fix. And that's doable.
 
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Old 08-15-21, 09:11 PM
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Well, when I posted my filler question, I started to call my question idiotic, and then I remembered telling my students that the only dumb questions were the ones never asked.

Thanks for the encouragement.
 
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Old 08-16-21, 02:13 AM
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I agree with X. I often use a scrap piece of plywood to pry against. You need to cut the caulking before you remove the base.
 
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Old 08-16-21, 01:59 PM
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fasten a block of wood to the flooring, then tap the wood with a hammer to bring those pieces together
You could try this with double stick tape or hot glue to avoid leaving holes in the flooring. If you press down on the block while striking it with a hammer on the side it will help keep the block from separating during the operation. If the flooring is not glued down (and it probably is not since it moved) light taps with the hammer should be able to get it back into place. You may have to move both pieces to avoid a gap at the shoe molding on one side. A little glue in the existing gap before moving the pieces should prevent this happening again.
 
 

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