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Old 03-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hello!
I've heard of many different ways of how to fill gaps in a floor. Unfortunately, my engineered bamboo floor has some ugly and long gaps.

My question is: what is the best way to fill these gaps? I have tried wood filler, but couldn't stain it and it cracked and fell apart. Does anyone recommend wood puddy? If so, how can I harden/seal the puddy?

Thanks a lot!!!

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The best way to fill the larger one's that appear to be about an 1/8" is to rip a piece of scrap to fill the void,not going to look pretty but better than anything else, that's about the sloppiest job i've ever seen.

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Using strips of wood or any filler is going to crush the wood fibers when the humity changes and it expands.
Only way to get that one right is to remove the flooring up to that point and redo it.
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Using strips of wood or any filler is going to crush the wood fibers when the humity changes and it expands.
Only way to get that one right is to remove the flooring up to that point and redo it.
Thanks Joe!

Do you know if I can salvage most of the planks and reuse them for the "new" installation? I had a hard time finding that kind of floor.

Thanks again!
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Depend, is it glued down?
Just looks like common bamboo to me.
First few pieces will get distroyed but the rest should come out if it's not glued.
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Using strips of wood or any filler is going to crush the wood fibers when the humity changes and it expands.
Only way to get that one right is to remove the flooring up to that point and redo it.

I agree the only way to do it right is remove and replace,but the expansion and contraction properties of bamboo are different than wood,you only need a 1/4" around the perimiter,so there's no wood fibers to crush as bamboo belongs to the grass family.
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Ok, thanks guys!

I'm gonna salvage as much as I can (it's not glued) and redo it. Thanks for your help.
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Hi Sundh,

Before installation you want to make sure the flooring is properly acclimated. If you have a moisture meter, you may want to take a reading of the wood in case there are future claims with the manufacture. Also make sure humidity in your home is within manufacture guidelines. This usually means 30-55 relative humidity.

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