How to Patch Wood Strip Flooring Part 2 How to Patch Wood Strip Flooring Part 2
Now that you have started to replace part of your wood strip flooring, you will need to continue with the project and finish it up. Here are the basics of how to continue patching your wood strip flooring.
Step 1 - Cut the Tongue
When you are getting ready to put a new board into an existing hole in the floor, you are going to first need to cut off the tongue of the board. This process can be very tricky and you want to make sure not to damage the board when doing it. It is going to be easier if you use a table saw for this part of the process. Hold the board under the table saw, and gently move the blade down onto the tongue. You want to completely remove it from the board so that it will fit down into the gap that you have created by removing the existing boards.
Step 2 - Install the Board
Now that you have successfully removed the tongue on the board, you are going to need to install it onto the floor. You will have to press it down into the hole that you created when you removed the damaged boards. You might have to use a rubber mallet in order to knock the board down into the hole. Once you have the board in place, you are going to need to use a flooring nailer to attach it to the floor. Try to shoot the nails down into the board at an angle.
Step 3 - Sand the Floor
After you have filled in all of the gaps in the floor with new boards, you are going to need to sand the entire floor. If you do not sand the floor, you will be able to tell which boards are new and which ones are from the original installation. Take a sander and go over the entire floor with it. Do this slowly so that you can evenly remove all of the finish from the entire floor.
Step 4 - Clean Up
You will need to then make sure that you have eliminated all of the dust from the room. Using a large vacuum is going to be your best bet for this process. Make sure that the entire room is free of dust before moving forward.
Step 5 - Stain
After you have removed all of the dust, you can start applying stain to the wood. You can use a variety of different stains depending on what type of color scheme you are going for. Use a rag to apply the stain evenly to the wood floor.
Step 6 - Finish
Allow the stain plenty of time to dry on the floor. At that point, you can start to seal the floor. Use a polyurethane finish to seal the wood flooring. Apply this finish with a clean rag and make sure that it is completely covering the floor. After you have allowed the first coat to dry, you should apply a second coat and allow it to dry also.