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HOW TO FASTEN LOOSE BOARDS


1. As a last resort, reattach buckled floorboards to the subfloor by nailing them down (from above the floorboards) with flooring nails. To reduce the risk of the boards splitting, drill pilot holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the nails. For maxi mum holding power, drill at opposing angles in a staggered pattern every 4” to 6” along the squeaky boards. The goal is to drill through the surface flooring of the buckled board and into the subfloor; better yet, drill into the subfloor and a joist.

HERE’S HOW

LOCATE JOISTS: Not all of the nails can hit a joist, but you get a stronger connection wherever they do. Use a stud finder to find the joists.

COUNTERSINK NAILS: Hide the head of the nails beneath the surface of the wood by gently tapping the nails down with a nail set. This is called “countersinking” the nails. Fill nail holes with tinted putty. Use a slightly damp sponge to smooth excess putty.

PROTECT YOUR FLOOR FROM DENTS

Before tapping nails into your pre-drilled holes, cut out small squares of cardboard to set around the nailing area. It’s a good idea to use a smooth- faced hammer as well.

REMOVE DENTS: Some hammer dents can be removed by placing a damp cloth on the spot and applying pressure with a hot iron. This raises the damaged surface back to the common surface.

 

2. Set the nails with a nail set.

 

3. Fill nail holes with wood put using a put knife. Force the compound into the hole by pressing the knife blade downward until it lies flat on the floor. Allow the patch to dry completely.

 

4. Sand the patch flush with the surrounding surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper and sand in the direction of the wood grain. Apply wood restorer to the area (inset) until it blends with the surrounding floor.

 

 

 

 

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