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Old 08-18-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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My 1930's house had radiators at one point but was switched to baseboard before I moved in but I still have the holes to prove it

I have about 13 of these holes, at least one in every room. What is my best bet, cut out the board and replace? Can anyone provide any more detail in this process, I don't have any previous experience in flooring.



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Still on my to-do list and I still could use some help getting started if anyone has any suggestions.

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Exactly how far is the damage from the base board?

From base board to edge of hole----

The reason I ask is there is a nice patching method using a router--but you may be to close to the baseboard to get a router in there.
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Exactly how far is the damage from the base board?

From base board to edge of hole----

The reason I ask is there is a nice patching method using a router--but you may be to close to the baseboard to get a router in there.
I have 10+ holes, they vary from 1-4" from baseboard.
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Do you have any pieces that you can steal from a closet?
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Do you have any pieces that you can steal from a closet?
And make plugs? I could do that but I'd rather not turn a closet into swiss cheese if there is another way.
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I don't have time to get into a long explanation right now---but look up 'router inlay' on you tube---

I use that to remove knots in a board and patch--also for insetting brass electrical floor outlets.

Done correctly ,the patch is seamless (and fast)

Trouble is a standard router has a setback of 2 1/2" --your holes are a bit to close.

Perhaps a small trim router could work--I don't know if the rub collars required are available for a trim router.

Jiju is an old hand with a router--Hpoefully he will know.
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the process is pretty simple. Tape off the surrounding boards so as not to damage them. you will need a 1" spade bit, cordless drill/power drill and circular saw with sharp blade. take spade bit and drill holes along the length of the damaged boards. stop about 1" from ends of boards. take circular saw with sharp blade, set depth to 3/4" and cut multiple lines in damaged boards. stop saw 1" from ends of boards. use chisel to take out strips and carefully remove rest of board. take your time and go slow. the nails and/or staples from initial installation should appear. take pliers and pull them out. if you reply , i will tell how how to install new boards.
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I would plug the holes, like oh' mike said. I have plugged hardwood in my woodworking shop and the plugs were almost invisible.

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