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

Repairing termite damage

Q: After removing the carpet on a 60-year-old floor in an 11×17 room, about 15 slats show slight to severe old termite damage. I have had to call the exterminator in the past, but not for a couple of years. I plan on carpeting again, my question is – must the whole floor be ripped up, or can just the 15-20 slats be replaced? Continue reading Repairing termite damage

Removing boards damaged by termites

Q: I would like to know how to repair a hardwood floor that has been damaged in places by termites. The floor is over 40 years old and was covered by carpet until recently. There are only a few boards that appear to be damaged. Can individual boards be removed and replaced? Continue reading Removing boards damaged by termites