Cutting in a perfect-fit patch with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Tom helped a pair of homeowners repair part of an oak floor damaged by a leaking steam radiator. With the radiator removed, Tom removed several damaged pieces of flooring using a hammer, chisel, and prybar. Next, he cut several new pieces of strip flooring to fit and installed them using glue and nails. Finally, Tom added a coat of amber-colored shellac to help make the new flooring look like the old flooring surrounding it.
Tools for Repairing a Tongue-and-Groove Wood Floor:
– 1-inch-wide wood chisel
– flat pry bar
– circular saw
– caulk gun
– table saw
– finish nailer
– random-orbit sander
– 3-inch putty knife
– dust pan and broom or vacuum
Shopping List for Repairing a Tongue-and-Groove Wood Floor:
– wood flooring
– construction adhesive
– 2-inch finishing nails
– 20-grit abrasive sanding disks
– wood filler
– oil-based wood stain
– polyurethane varnish
– 4-inch-wide foam brush
– 100-grit sandpaper
Red oak strip flooring is available at many lumber yards and home centers.
The amber-colored shellac that Tom applied to the new flooring is manufactured by Zinsser (Rustoleum) [https://bit.ly/37BJaAc].
Tom also used an oil-based stain manufactured by Minwax [https://www.minwax.com/] and a solvent-based wood filler manufactured by DAP Plastic Wood [https://www.dap.com/].
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