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Old 11-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hide gap in hardwood floor


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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
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 11-03-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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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.
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I guess i will wait at least next summer to see how it moves...
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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
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