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eclark 03-01-2013 06:51 PM

Old pine floor with ringshank nails
I've got an old T&G pine floor that someone years ago decided to drive a bunch of ring shank nails and finish nails through to try to quiet. Then they put down carpet over it. I hated the carpet so I ripped it up and the pine is beautiful except it needs refinishing. The finish nails I can drive further in with a nail set but I'm worried they'll pop up again over time and ruin any new poly I put down after sanding. I don't know how I can sand with the heads of the ring shank nails exposed. How do you guys deal with this when you see it? I hate to cover with a new floor.


TarheelTerp 03-01-2013 08:29 PM

cats paw.
call the resulting divots "patina"

Bondo 03-01-2013 08:57 PM

Ayuh,... Back when I did this floor, I just sunk the nails with a hammer, 'n caulked the cracks, 'n Sanded it...

I think the nails, 'n cracks add Character to the 100 year old boards...

Maintenance 6 03-05-2013 02:00 PM

If the finish nails are driven in well, I doubt they'll back out. Take a dremel tool and grind the heads off of the ring nails. Then sink them in like finish nails.

oh'mike 03-05-2013 02:14 PM

Take extra caution when sanding---often the sparks from the sander will ignite the sawdust----

So always empty the bag into a metal can well away from your house---each time you stop sanding.

Every floor guy I know has a smoking sanding bag story----don't join the group----

eclark 03-06-2013 07:01 AM

Thanks guys. Interesting idea to grind the heads off with a dremel. I'll call that my backup for where the nail heads don't have enough lip to grab with the cars paw. This is going to be way more labor than I was thinking.

oh'mike 03-06-2013 07:10 AM

Fixing someone elses lousy patch job is always more work---

You will be thinking about how easy it would have been to do it right the first time----

eclark 03-06-2013 07:31 AM

That's the story of my house. Fortunately most of what someone boogered up is aesthetic. No major structural issues found yet...

oh'mike 03-06-2013 07:40 AM

I helped a homeowner save a bad pine floor----man, that looked gorgeous when it was done----

That floor was so black,worn and just plane ugly before we started-----

After sanding---I applied two coats of wipe on poly----lightly sanded with fine paper--then three coats of brush on poly----sanded lightly after the second coat----

Looks great----they wanted new hardwood but the budget was not there---now they are glad they save the beautiful old stuff-----

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