How to Patch Wood Strip Flooring Part 1 How to Patch Wood Strip Flooring Part 1

What You'll Need
Wood strip flooring
Sander
Stain
Rag
Vacuum
Floor nail gun
Pry bar
Saw
Tape measure

Wood strip flooring is a type of flooring that can withstand a lot of wear and tear and look good for years. However, in certain circumstances, it can become damaged. In those cases, you can potentially patch the parts of the floor that are damaged. Here are the basics of how to get started patching a wood strip floor. 

Step 1 - Remove the Baseboards

When you have damaged a piece of wood strip flooring that is close to a wall, you will need to start out by removing the baseboards. This will allow you to take up the strip all the way up to where it meets the closest wall. This way, you will be able to easily install the new wood because you will have some room to work with. You will be able to install the wood directly up to the wall and then cover up your gap with the baseboards.

Place a pry bar behind the baseboard. Gently pry the baseboard away from the wall. Set the baseboard aside so that you can reinstall it after you have completed the project.

Step 2 - Cut Into the Floor

You will now need to take a circular saw and use it to cut down into the floor. You need to be careful during this portion of the project so that you do not damage any additional boards. Cut down directly in the joint between the boards all the way through the tongues of the boards. 

Step 3 - Pry the Boards

You will then need to try to get your pry bar down into the area that you just make your cut. Try to pry up the damaged board and get it out of the floor. Continue this process until all of the damaged boards are removed. 

Step 4 - Measuring

When you have removed the old damaged boards, you are going to need to cut some new boards to fit in the gaps. In order to do this, you are going to need to take your tape measure and get the dimension of one of the boards that needs to be replaced. Try to be as exact as possible when you are doing this so that your new board will fit back down into the floor.

Step 5 - Cutting the Boards

Once you have the dimension that you need for your replacement board, you need to make the appropriate cut on it. Measure out the right dimension on the back of one of the new boards. Use a pencil to make a mark on the back of the board so that you will know where to cut it.

For this part of the process, you should consider using a table saw. This will allow you to put the board under the blade and make an exact cut on it. Continue doing this until you have all of the boards that you need cut to fit. 

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