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?
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?
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
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
Q: I have been in my house less then a year. We have distressed oak floors with a lot of character, which is fine, but there are numerous spots where the wood is cracking along the grain-enough to catch a sock. Continue reading Spots where wood is cracking along the grain
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
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
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
Q: My parents had hardwood floors installed in their home a little over a year ago. They live in a home that is about 8 years old and the 3 rooms that had the flooring put in all had carpet in them previously, which was properly removed. Then the floor was levelled. This weekend the flooring started separating at the joints, in random parts of all 3 rooms, which are in different parts of the house. Continue reading Glue down hardwood floor separating at joints
Q: I live in a 200 year old house that was nicely restored about 40 years ago. Our living room has a pine plank floor, which was finished in shellac (I think). The boards have separated over the years and there are large gaps ranging from 1/16″ to 3/4″ of an inch. Since the boards go under the walls there is no way to lift and move them. I also don’t want to refinish the floor, as it is rather striking as it is. Continue reading Filling large gaps in wood floor