Hide Gap In Hardwood Floor - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Greater Detroit area
Posts: 820
Rewards Points: 1,050

Hide gap in hardwood floor


How can I hide this gap on a hardwood floor just installed?
Should I use wood putty, or leave it like that?
I guess the problem with putty is that is will mask the seam between the 2 plank, then the result might be worse....Is there any particular tip?

1 more quick question: when it comes to install the last row and if this row has to be cut (only 1"1/2 wide), I've read somewhere that it was better to use glue in addition to the nails
Which glue is best: I would say carpenter glue, since the polyurethane glue will be probably be too thick and will prevent to get a tight fit with the previous plank
Attached Images


Last edited by french_guy; 11-02-2013 at 07:08 PM.
french_guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
K&B Designer
Live_Oak's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Memphis,. TN
Posts: 350
Rewards Points: 250

You shouldn't try to fill any gaps in flooring. We are in the drier time of the year, and next summer when the wood absorbs the higher humidity of the season, it would buckle and force any filling out of it.


Do it right from the beginning if you only want to do the job once. It'll be cheaper in the long term.
Live_Oak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
woodman58's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Blackwell, Missouri
Posts: 454
Rewards Points: 250

If this gap really bothers you, you can fix it. Here is a post I posted in 2011.

By being a prefinished floor there is really no way to fix the gaps. There is a way you can make them look a little better. It is best if you have good carpentry skills. If you have access to a table saw follow the following steps. Use pieces of your flooring to do this. Set the blade of the table saw to 7 degrees. Set the fence so that you only cut a sliver the thickness of the 3/4" height of the wood. Flip the wood over and set the blade to 0 degrees. Keep flipping and changing back to 7 degrees until you have more pieces than you need.
To install these slivers cut them to length, add glue to both sides, and put the piece in the crack. Tap it lightly with a hammer. Use a utility knife and score the sliver lightly on both sides. It will then break off easily. When the glue sets up you can sand and stain to your liking. You can then put poly on to match the finish of the floor you have. Try one spot first to make sure you like this. Don't forget to tape on both sides of the sliver to make sure the poly does not go onto the finished wood.

woodman58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Greater Detroit area
Posts: 820
Rewards Points: 1,050

I guess i will wait at least next summer to see how it moves...
french_guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 09:08 AM   #5
Dave88LX's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Red Lion, PA (York)
Posts: 614
Rewards Points: 566

Neat trick.

I have a couple gaps like that in my floor. I wouldn't sweat it. You're probably going to be the only one who notices it. :D
Dave88LX is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3/4 Hardwood Flooring over sufficient subfloor? bout time Flooring 3 06-20-2011 05:15 AM
Hardwood floor is buckling again Kerm Flooring 1 05-07-2010 05:35 PM
unique problem with hardwood floor seanbellay Flooring 15 05-02-2010 06:53 PM
Hardwood floor questions (56K) ukrainetz Flooring 1 08-02-2009 01:08 PM
Carpet on hardwood floor, threshold hoozgrunt Flooring 1 07-15-2009 09:53 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1