So I had my hardwood floors refinished about 3 years back and they are starting to get really loud. They are original to the house which is over 80 years old.
-I believe they are a Fur species of a softer wood
-Regular 2.5" or so wide boards
-My guess is that they were nailed in way back, and they have now come loose.
-I think I have a sub floor of 1X6, or whatever was used back then but an not certain. Definitely not a plywood subfloor it didn't exist back then
-Had the floors refinished with 3 coats of poly. Hardwood filler was used and is holding up well in some spots, but my guess is that it cracked out and that's why the boards are starting to move again now.
-This is on a second floor and is inaccessible from the bottom
-Wood filler was used and is holding up in larger gaps, but i'm thinking either wood filler or the poly itself was holding some of these joints together that eventually worked loose again
Not sure if boards had a tongue/groove type ending back then, but where the boards meet and butt together long ways they are really loud, and in some spots I can see the board lifting slightly.
So, is there any putty that I can use that will do a half decent job at covering up a nail hole or screw hole? I know there are hardwood fillers, but I do not want to have to refinish the floors.
Doesn't need to be the perfect job, just decent enough to get by.
I've researched high and low and there don't seem to be many options other than face nailing/screwing.
Options of what I am thinking of doing
-Face nailing with a nail gun with a nail with a small head and see if that helps hold the board down. Figure 2 per board end which will go right into the joist, and subfloor if it exists.
-Screw and counter sync actual screws with threads and then putty the hole above the screw head
-There is a screw system that looks promising where it snaps the head off and just slightly breaks below the surface so you can putty it (Counter-Snap http://www.squeakyfloor.com/counter-snap.html
Promising, but i'm still left wondering what putty to use.
Doesn't seem like there are a ton of putty options out there. Would putty do the job ok, or will be not do well since they don't fully harden? I figure I can buy some and mix to match the finish the best I can, or if there is one that can accept stain I have some that was used on my floor.
-There are 2 holes where the wood refinisher used plain putty I think. If I remember correctly they ended up being screw heads that they sanded over and looked fine at first, but then were real obvious so they gave me the option to pull them out and put putty. It has settled and shrunk in the screw hole and is noticeable, but is a decent job and I guess would be acceptable. I'm just unsure if it was actually putty he used, but I remember being able to sink my nail into it.
Is there a wood hardener that accepts stain that I could use to fill the holes, stain it, and then paint poly over just those holes? Or would that be too obvious and hard to do.
I realize that wood putty alone won't do the job and it will crack out as the floors flex. So my plan is to secure the board, then putty the holes I have to make for screws or nails.
This is one of those projects where there aren't a ton of options unless I want to have the floors refinished again, which is not an option right now.
All tips appreciated!!!