Carefully removing boards

Q: This is similar to a previous question, but I want to see if I understand it correctly. I have hardwood in the dining room and now want to put it into the kitchen. Because the hardwood is to be staggered I will need to remove some boards to do this, am I understanding you correctly that I will need to remove some boards by using a circular saw to cut part of the board out? Continue reading Carefully removing boards

Pet stains and hardwood flooring

Q: My husband and I are considering laying parquet flooring in our living room and removing the carpet b/c our dog cannot seem to stop staining the carpet. We feel hardwood would be better but after reading your website I see that pet stains are a problem with hardwood. Continue reading Pet stains and hardwood flooring

Underpad / carpet padding stained hardwood floor

Q: We just removed carpeting in an old house we purchased and the hardwood floors look good, but the carpet padding stained hardwood floor. The underpad to the carpet was orange and it caused the floors to take on a darker tint. Continue reading Underpad / carpet padding stained hardwood floor

Tighten cupped boards

Q: Hi, we are placing a used 3/4″ clear southern yellow pine tongue and groove floor down. It was actually used on a wall and we are putting it on our floor. It has been impossible to line all the previous nail holes with the joists or even with each other – I finally gave up on that. There are several widths from 5 1/4″ to 14″. It is in great shape except there is a little cupping here and there. Continue reading Tighten cupped boards

Springy floorboards over concrete

Q: I installed an engineered bamboo floor. There are several areas of springy floorboards, where either there is unevenness in the concrete floor or the adhesive has dried out. The result is boards that are loose and springy. Continue reading Springy floorboards over concrete

Black spots on wood floor even after sanding

Q: We recently bought a house built in the 1920’s. We removed the carpet to find that there are black spots on wood floor; stains all over the hardwood floors. We have sanded the floors and the stains are still there. Continue reading Black spots on wood floor even after sanding

Water damage on wood floors, water covered wood floors for 2-3 hours

Q: We had a blackout in 10 Counties in Texas last month, which caused my 140 gallon Salt water reef tank, to reverse siphon the water out of the tank and onto my 1.5 year old Hardwood (Red Oak) floors. The water was on the floors for approximately 2-3 hours. Continue reading Water damage on wood floors, water covered wood floors for 2-3 hours