Can I edge, plane, and glue 1×3 pine together for landing and stairs?

Q: A few years back I removed the carpet in my son’s room and put down wood floors. I wanted it to be rustic so I went with some old pine I got my hands on. It was approx 8″ wide and 1″ thick. I planned them, tongue and grooved them, then glued and nailed over a wood sub floor (with a sound deadening pad). They came out great and after years of ‘teenage boy’ stuff in his room they still are holding up very well. Continue reading Can I edge, plane, and glue 1×3 pine together for landing and stairs?

Tape pulled off finish around wood floor

Q: I am a stain and lacquer railing/cabinet finisher. I recently worked on a railing in a home that had the hardwood floors refinished almost a year prior. I noticed the work was sub-standard; the sanding was uneven, the stain wiping inconsistent. In order for me to complete my job, I have to mask the floors using high tack tape. I was told the top finish was Bona and I know it is not an issue masking to it. Well, my tape pulled off finish. Continue reading Tape pulled off finish around wood floor

Do I need to get the stairs refinished just because they’ve been sitting under carpet?

Q: I recently moved into an 11-year old house with red oak floors throughout. A previous owner carpeted just the stairs, perhaps to prevent slipping, although I have no idea if this was one year ago or ten years ago. The carpet looks to be at least five years old based on stains and wear. The flooring underneath looks fine, from what I’ve seen so far. Continue reading Do I need to get the stairs refinished just because they’ve been sitting under carpet?

Did not wipe excess stain off my stairs within recommended time period

Q: I had this great idea to recondition my stairs, rather than completely refinish them. I roughed them up enough to remove the old varnish, and applied a dark stain to match the existing woodwork. I did not wipe the excess stain off within the recommended time period. Now, days later, the stain is still very tacky. Continue reading Did not wipe excess stain off my stairs within recommended time period

Large gap in plank beside step

Q: We have a very large gap on our wood floor, about 3/4″. It’s the last piece on a step inside between 2 rooms, right next to our entryway. We’ve noticed that the gap is getting bigger which could be the result of the winter we’re having. We’re concerned with the board breaking. Would using rope between the boards be the best solution for this? Continue reading Large gap in plank beside step

Staining oak stairs dark

Q: We moved into our new house about a year ago, and we are now ready to stain the oak stairs. We thought they were “conditioned” only, but now found out that they are “sealed”. I don’t think a top coat such as a polyurethane has been applied. What would be the best procedure to prep the stairs for staining? We want a dark brownish/black colour. Continue reading Staining oak stairs dark