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Old 03-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Misdrilled a hole in my floor - best way to fix it?


Measure twice, cut once. Mixed up my 9/16 and my 9/32.

How should I fix this? Baluster is not installed yet.




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The wall, base & shoe molding will hide that in the 2nd picture. The first will be harder, due to you will have to get a plug cutter, to cut off of the same material for both types of wood material. Would take some work to make them blend in, but could be done.

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Same hole, the second is just with the baluster in the hole...

Also hit a couple screwheads with the $10 Forstner bit, made it quite aggravating to finish up the job.
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One piece plug. Cut a false joint in the middle and stain each half. Nosing side looks like naturally aged clear maple. Shellac might match it. Floor side looks like one of the colors in the minwax color chart.
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Whoa...that's fancy. A lot better than "sticking some filler in the hole." that I was thinking of. For some odd reason, the nosings I got don't quite match the Bruce cinnamon colored maple that we put down. Was supposed to, but, not quite close. I am using Varthane summer oak for the handrail and newel post, and it matches the planks pretty good. The nosing is a bit more orange though.

So I need this here?
http://www.amazon.com/CMT-529-191-31...22+plug+cutter
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Yep. Be like any other tool that most of us have sitting on our benches, or in the drawer. Bought for a small one time only job, and there she lies. Spent $42 on a Ideal BX/MC cutter from our local Electrical warehouse store front, only because I did not feel like using a hacksaw for something that I could do quicker with the cutter. Next time I will probably use it, is when we redo the kitchen, and I wire up the disposal, and then it will go back on the work bench of all of the other tools that I throw up on there, due to currently in the middle of a job in the basement with a water heater this week.
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You should have attached the balusters to a separate base plate that was screwed down then plugged.
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how far apart are the balusters. the holes look way to far apart to meet code.
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Holes are 5 3/32" center-to-center. Balusters are 1 3/8" wide.

5 3/32" - 1 3/8" = 3 23/32" gap.

I had read different things pro/con about a base plate. I thought with this open plan and overhang, that it would look better without a bottom rail. Is it SUPPOSED to be in a bottom rail? Or personal preference?
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You should have attached the balusters to a separate base plate that was screwed down then plugged.
In hindsight, I should have. I thought these square balusters would look OK directly on the wood floor like "real" wood ones do. These square balusters are actually ~20 layers of wood, and not all the bottoms are perfect. Some imperfections. Those could have been hidden in a base plate with fillets.
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One piece plug. Cut a false joint in the middle and stain each half. Nosing side looks like naturally aged clear maple. Shellac might match it. Floor side looks like one of the colors in the minwax color chart.
Basically I did that, minus the staining two separate sides. Just used a plug out of a scrap piece of wood, and cut the false joint in it. For a house I intend to rent out, it'll work fine. Great tip thank you.

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Nobody is ever going to see that unless you go pointing it out.

Looks good to me.

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