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Old 11-12-2014, 09:54 AM   #1
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This is an older house that we've remodeled. They sanded and stained it but not the dots look even darker because they're made of a different kind of wood? They're about 1/2 diameter. So what can be done about it? Should I tell them to sand or grind them out and fill them with some sort of filler? Or can they sand them and use a much lighter stain?

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This is an older house that we've remodeled. They sanded and stained it but not the dots look even darker because they're made of a different kind of wood? They're about 1/2 diameter. So what can be done about it? Should I tell them to sand or grind them out and fill them with some sort of filler? Or can they sand them and use a much lighter stain?
If the "dots" (plugs) are in fact real wood then you are looking at the "end-grain" of the plug which is not the same as the "long-grain" of the slat. End-grain will always absorb stain differently than long-grain and end-grain will always stain darker than long-grain.

Why are the "dots" there to begin with when it doesn't appear they are an integral necessity of the floor covering?

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If the "dots" (plugs) are in fact real wood then you are looking at the "end-grain" of the plug which is not the same as the "long-grain" of the slat. End-grain will always absorb stain differently than long-grain and end-grain will always stain darker than long-grain.

Why are the "dots" there to begin with when it doesn't appear they are an integral necessity of the floor covering?
I have no idea why they're there. Bought the house like this. Would you have a solution I can pass along to my rather inexperienced contractor?
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I have no idea why they're there. Bought the house like this. Would you have a solution I can pass along to my rather inexperienced contractor?
Don't know what kind of a solution you think there might be. Just explained why the plugs are darker than the slats, how would you change that? So who is the "inexperienced contractor"? Might that be you?
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The dots are decorative.
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The dots are decorative.
Apparently not to everyone!
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Assuming the 1/2 inch plugs are tightly glued in place, you could carefully drill them out and replace them with plugs cut from the same stock as the floor.

A lot of work, but hey...
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I do believe that this is a style of wood flooring from the late 60's early 70's, that was a style enhancement.

It is designed that way,

I would invest in a Plug Cutter tool, and carefully drill them out, and replace them with plugs that are more matched, that is if I disliked the style.

Will be a lot of work, how much do you want to spend.

Drill gently to investigate how they are attached to the subfloor, usually screws, drill out most of the dark spot, then use a small chisel, and see just how they are screwed to the subfloor, and take your time . You do not want to drill right into a steel screw with a wood drill bit.


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I would leave well-enough alone and not open a box of worms that is going to ruin the floor.

I'm betting there are no screws under those plugs to begin with, it doesn't make sense that there would be.
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Do your first investigative drilling in an inconspicuous corner or as close ta a wall as you can find.

That way if you decide not to remove the rest you have just one in a place that is easily covered with furniture.


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That was a decorator thing 20-30 years ago. They usually just drilled holes in the floor and used darker wood plugs on purpose. It was supposed to make the floors look older, like they had been installed using plugs.
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After explaining to him about what you guys said he gave me a quote of $1200 to do them. He said he has to sand and stain the whole floor again. It's about 600-700 Sf
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i would perhaps build a jig very carefully for either a plunge router or dremel tool, then cut them out about 3/16" to 1/4" deep (start with 3/16", etc). a flat end router bit, jig to be made so that you can center it on plug and then router brings bit to the OD of the plug. then glue in new plugs, lightly sand, stain as needed, coat with clear..... might need to lightly sand whole floor, depends on the results you want.

or a forstner bit (sharp bit) in a drill press jig, etc.
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Guess that makes our floor 20-30 years old. I'm not thrilled with them either, but the wife likes them.

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