Replacing boards in a wood floor

Q: I’m trying to find out how to refinish a small area of a hardwood tongue and groove wood floor. I have some pictures. Can you help? I removed the really bad section and an adjoining section to see exactly how much work this is going to be. (I do a lot of handyman work, but I’m not a flooring professional).

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Spilled Clorox on laminate floor

Q: I had a 64oz bottle of Clorox with bleach burst and didn’t realize it. It seeped into the laminate floors and trim. I’m not sure how long it was sitting there but I pulled the trim off and some of the laminate floors pushed up a bit (buckled).

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Mold can’t survive without a water source

Q: My condo had a leak and it affected my ceiling and walls. It was fixed months ago. Now, several hardwood floor panels smell musty along the wall.

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Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor



Q: We removed carpet in our living room, with plans to sand and varnish the floors (turned out great in the bedrooms several years ago). Smack in the middle of the floor, there’s a hardened blob of gunk. It’s kind of pink. Continue reading Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor




Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves



Q: Our builder has applied an ebony Minwax stain to our mahogany colored pre engineered hardwood floors. This was done to cover up all the ceiling and wall sanding dust that had settled into the distressed grooves in the floors. A year later I’m still getting black stain on rags when I clean, and on our socks and feet! Continue reading Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves




The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal



Q: We’re buying a gut-reno’d home in Boston. We did a walkthrough to talk about some changes yesterday and found that the heater is malfunctioning. In the finished attic, the temp was 100+ degrees, and on the second floor, it was 90 degrees. It has been at this level for ~3 days.┬áThere are a few spots where shrinkage has happened (along with some separation of the moulding in some spots). Continue reading The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal




White streaking where area rug was



Q: My son bought a home recently. Where the sellers had an area rug on their floor there is a white streaking, worse along the edges, about 2 ft wide. It’s not tacky. Appears like it’s one with the wood. We tried hardwood floor cleaner and buffing, tried mineral spirits, but nothing is working. Continue reading White streaking where area rug was




Injectable adhesive products when ‘squeak ending’ products haven’t worked



Q: I just had a new engineered hardwood floor installed, hand-scraped hickory, nailed, not-glued, over foam underlayment. Now I have a number of popping and cracking areas where the subfloor must not be level. Continue reading Injectable adhesive products when ‘squeak ending’ products haven’t worked




Removing paint off door trim without removing the stain also?



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: When we painted before we moved in, we got some paint on the trim around the doors. Would you ask Craig if there is any way I can remove the paint off the door trim without removing the stain also? Continue reading Removing paint off door trim without removing the stain also?