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Toller 05-10-2013 03:44 PM

How do I fix this gap in my floor?
 
I have tongue and grove oak flooring, and there is a 1/2" gap between two boards.
http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/g...ps40086a9a.jpg

The gap was 3/8", but I opened it up 1/8" to see if the board would slide. It does.

One board (the one that slid) goes under a cabinet. I have pulled the molding and trim off the toe kick.

http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/g...psb67da0d1.jpg

My plan is to cut an opening in the toe kick, put a screw in the board under the cabinet, and pull on the screw to move the board forward to close the gap.

I don't know anything about cabinets or floors, so while this makes sense to me, it might be idiotic.

What do you think, will it work?
Any other ideas?

I have a couple extra pieces of the flooring, so I could cut a piece to go in the gap, but I don't think it will look very good. Better than the gap to be sure, but not as good as closing the gap.

joecaption 05-10-2013 03:51 PM

How in the world did it get that way?
While what your suggested may work if there's no nails in the flooring for some strange reason, not sure how your going to get the screw in at a right angle to the flooring in a spot where it's not going to show once it's in place.

Toller 05-10-2013 04:51 PM

I bought it that way 9 months ago. I suppose it was just poor workmanhip.
I would be cutting open the toe kick so the screw and the new gap will be under the cabinet and won't be seen. The trim should hide the hole in the toe kick.

joecaption 05-10-2013 06:02 PM

Somethings very wrong with that whole install.
There should be 0 gaps between the boards.
No way should there ever be a 1/2 gap between those butt joint.

oh'mike 05-10-2013 07:18 PM

I've seen that before---you are on the right track----that board was not nailed.

Remove the toe kick---make a hook---
glue a small block of wood on the bottom of a longer piece---
then do the same on the top at the other end.

When that's dry---use that to tap the section together---with some wood glue --
make sure it will move before adding any glue.

woodman58 05-10-2013 07:25 PM

The installer probably did not realize that his nail gun ran out of clets. It looks like just one board is loose. All you have to do is put a large blob of liquid nail in the gap and pull them together with blue tape. Let them set for a few hours and it is fixed. Put plenty of glue in the joint but, don't put enough that it squeezes out. E-Z fix.

MTN REMODEL LLC 05-10-2013 08:14 PM

Just didn't get nailed.... then someone with "grippy" tennis shoes ran accross it and stopped .... dislodging
/sliding it under the cabinet.

Can you try the same... like putting on grippy rubber soled shoes and sorta kicking on the surface in the direction to close it.

That was prefinished flooring and should slide easily.

Mike's edge puller will work great... but maybe you don't have to do that.

To make it possible slide easier... put some talcom powder in its groves and jump lightly up and down.

You can always set the board when you get it back in with a couple of face nailed finish nails and a spot of filler

Toller 05-11-2013 10:53 AM

It was easier than I expected. Gap is gone, wife it thrilled. Should have done it months ago.

I put some Captain Tolle's Crack Sealant on it. If you haven't tried Tolle's, it is a glue/caulk thinner than water. Wonderful for a situation like this.

MTN REMODEL LLC 05-11-2013 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1177054)
It was easier than I expected. Gap is gone, wife it thrilled. Should have done it months ago.

I put some Captain Tolle's Crack Sealant on it. If you haven't tried Tolle's, it is a glue/caulk thinner than water. Wonderful for a situation like this.

Toller.... I assume you're talking about the floor:eek:

Fix'n it 05-12-2013 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1177054)
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I put some Captain Tolle's Crack Sealant on it. If you haven't tried Tolle's, it is a glue/caulk thinner than water. Wonderful for a situation like this.

so you just "filled" the hole ?

MJ Force 05-12-2013 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by MTN REMODEL LLC

Toller.... I assume you're talking about the floor:eek:

I just spit my coffee out. Lol


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