Gaps the size of a nickel after installation

Q: We installed a 5″ select white, glued and nailed, unfinished oak. The subfloor 11%. The material 10.2% finished with stain and LNL 1500. On installation the floor was tight and now there are visible gaps the size of a nickel. Can this floor be sanded, re-hydrated, and finished? If so, what process would you suggest? Continue reading Gaps the size of a nickel after installation

Splits and boards cracking up the middle

Q: I just had 890 sq. feet of A——— Hardwood floor installed in my house. They delivered it and started install the same day. The workers installed all 890 SQ. in two days. The same night I notice my socks getting caught on some planks. I then saw many boards that began to crack up the middle and along the sides where joined. Continue reading Splits and boards cracking up the middle

Adhesive for splits breaking off wide pine floors?

Q: My house has wide pine floors and several of them have partially split along the long side, right next to the gap from an adjacent board. I am afraid of one of these splits breaking off completely. I am unsure how best to repair this. Continue reading Adhesive for splits breaking off wide pine floors?

Sealer or wax that might hold a splinter in place?

Q: I have maple hardwood flooring in my foyer. One of the boards has a small split and has a small piece that catches on the Swiffer when cleaned. What can I do to prevent this from getting worse? Would be hard to replace a centerpiece about 3″x18″? Any kind of sealer or wax that might hold the splinter in place to prevent it from breaking off? Continue reading Sealer or wax that might hold a splinter in place?

Cracks at some joints after HVAC was turned on

Q: I had my 225 year old heart pine floors refinished (sanded, caulked and finished with water base satin finish). The job was done two weeks before HVAC was turned on. I now have noticeable cracks at some joints. My contractor says that it is because the HVAC was turned on causing the wood to dry thereby causing cracks. The floors have been in this environment for 25 years. What is your opinion? Continue reading Cracks at some joints after HVAC was turned on

Cracks and boards separating after overheating dried out floor

Q: While away from home recently for an extended period of time, a power surge caused our electronic thermostat to malfunction and the heat stayed on continuously for what may have been as long as 2 weeks. Because of that there was extensive damage throughout our home, especially to our hardwood floors which contracted to a point where walking on them without footwear is painful. The cracks are large and the boards have pulled away from the walls. Continue reading Cracks and boards separating after overheating dried out floor

Filler is old, dried out and falls out easily

Q: We recently bought a Victorian farmhouse that has wide-plank pine floorboards. The boards have gaps that have been filled once, but the filler is old, dried out and falls out easily. I would like to re-do the filler, but I’m not sure of the best product to use. Continue reading Filler is old, dried out and falls out easily

House — ceiling, stairwell — is cracking

Q: A week ago we installed hardwood flooring on our main floor. 2 Massive cracks have developed: first in ceiling, and then an even larger crack appeared going up the stairwell above the new flooring. Is this common? We will have them filled and repaired, but I’m concerned.  Continue reading House — ceiling, stairwell — is cracking

Splits on edges of board due to wear

Q: We recently had some oak engineered flooring installed and have noticed two small splits at the very edge of one of the boards. I think they have steadily gotten worse as they sit right near a door threshold, which is a high trodden area. Can it be repaired or will we need to replace it?  Continue reading Splits on edges of board due to wear