Damage in floor board in old house may have been by wood beetle

Q: I have an older house with a garage underneath. All of our floors are hardwood. The room directly above the garage has one board that has hollowed out damage on either end that we just discovered as it sort of crushed. None of the other boards show any signs of damage. Continue reading Damage in floor board in old house may have been by wood beetle

Is there a possibility that some of that wood may still have active termites?

Q: I bought some “no warranty” wood from a popular wood flooring store. It was advertised as damaged w/ split, knots, damaged grooves and burns. I bought 15% extra for waste. I’ve noticed that some pieces have obvious termite damage. Continue reading Is there a possibility that some of that wood may still have active termites?

Looks like something has burrowed in

Q: We have laid an oak hardwood in our living room. We notice some areas with a little residue, where it looks like something has burrowed in it. What would be causing this and can we fix it? Is there a bug that burrows in wood floors? Continue reading Looks like something has burrowed in

Small holes appearing over the past several months

Q: I’ve got a new construction home in Dallas. My family room has solid oak flooring over slab. In one plank are small holes appearing over the past several months that are about the size of a medium sized nail head with what appears to be saw dust surrounding it. My guess is that I have termites or some other infestation in that plank. Continue reading Small holes appearing over the past several months

Termites at several places in the fascia board

Q: I live in Southern California where the fires are. Last week while having the fascia board and under-eaves painted, I discovered there are termites at several places in the fascia board and in the rafters. I had 2 different POCs inspect the house and they both concluded that the house has termite problem. Continue reading Termites at several places in the fascia board

Could we use wood, (termite) damaged side up, as flooring?

Q: I have some old 1×12 pine paneling that I am going to use as flooring with a varathane finish. We are going to do some distressing to it. My question is: Some of the wood on the side we will use has termite damage. There is no termite activity. Could we use this termite damaged wood, damaged side up, as flooring with a heavy varathane finish, or would it create problems? Continue reading Could we use wood, (termite) damaged side up, as flooring?

Termite damage in crawl space

Q: I recently inspected a 50 year old house with original red oak flooring. We found extensive termite damage in crawl space. Some of the 1×6 pine subfloor was severely damaged (crumbling). Except for a few small areas the finished oak floor was in good condition. What is the best way to repair/replace the subfloor? Continue reading Termite damage in crawl space

Skin on wood floors and holes

Q: The wood floor in the home I purchased is about 20 years old. There are multiple places where the wood has simply “collapsed” as though there were a thin top layer of wood with space underneath that caved in/broke through, holes following the grain from 1/16 x 2 to 1/2 x 3 inch in size, and in most cases definitely not from loosened knots. Continue reading Skin on wood floors and holes