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Old 08-20-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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hardwood floor issue


Hello to all,

In our country home, we have some oak hardwood floors that were installed in summer of 2002. Bought the wood planks from Home Depot.

The sub-floor is an older [circa 1950] inch thick pine T&G that the new floor was installed over in the existing house. The addition, which was installed in 2002 also, has 3/4" plywood as a subfloor, then the oak hardwood installed.

When installing the oak HW-Floors, the guys used both glue and shot w nails at angles. In only two places, [both on the older pine planks], the joint of two oak planks has slightly risen. It's not terribly buckled, but is has now bugged me for 2 yrs now.

I am looking for options to resolve and I was thinking of drilling a very small hole about 3/32" deep w diameter the size of a serrated nail-head [diameter of 1/16"]. Drive the nail almost flush w oak floor plank, when use an awl punch to recess the nail flush to the bottom of the hole and now recessed into the wood plank. Then fill the hole w the matched wood putty. I would pick the darkest place in the plank I could find and make sure that the putty matches that part of the wood. What do you think?

Thank you for your comments and suggestions,
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I believe I would be going into the crawl space and taking a look at the sub floor planks and determine if they are causing the buckling. When wood is determined to move because of too much moisture change in either direction there isn't too many things that will stop it. It either pulls nails, screws, cracks or breaks something.
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Before you drill any holes, see if there is any movement in the floor boards. If there is no movement, it's not going to set it down even with the rest of the floor.
Can you get access from below? If you can you can screw it in from below to get it even. Put a heavy weight on the area so the screw only has to attach to the flooring and not also pull it down.
Screws work better than nails.
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Senior & Ron, thanks a million - appreciate the feedback...Here's answers to your ques's:

"I believe I would be going into the crawl space and taking a look at the sub floor planks and determine if they are causing the buckling"

I have a crawl space, but I have taken out 12-14 copperheads this yr so far and they LOVE to stay under the house bc it's the coolest part during this time of year...until it freezes, there's no view from or work from underneath the house.

"see if there is any movement in the floor boards"

Yes, the boards move down when you step down on them to be flush as originally.

I agree a screw would be better, but that for sure would have to be a "bottom attack". Since this would be a fairly concise place to screw upwards from bottom to floor, I am not sure how I would be able to accurately measure to get to the exact place. It's also tight quarters down there. I'm 6'4" so I may need to find an assistant
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Well, the copperheads would change my mind about the crawlspace solution, but cleared away, it can still be done. Not by me, but it can be done.
Drill very small holes through the floor and subfloor from above. Insert wires into each hole so you can see them from below. Use the holes as pilot holes for the screws. Have the wires removed from above as you set the screw. Move along the line until all the wires are gone. Drill as many holes as you need the first time so you don't need to go back under there.
Fill the small holes in the floor when your done. Minwax Blend-fill sticks work wonders.
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Thanks Ron, that a great idea on the wires....I'd use my smallest bit and I have some thin wire that would suffice...just need a major cold front. Or, if I could train a opossum to go down there and do it...they are immune to c-head bites LOL
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I'm thinking anti venom serum in the first aid kit.
Where are located with so many copperheads?
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I'm thinking anti venom serum in the first aid kit.
Where are located with so many copperheads?
Just east of Columbus Texas or 50 miles WNW of Houston...

I've been under there before to fix a tub drain pipe...Need a good light too bc it's dark...
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Just east of Columbus Texas or 50 miles WNW of Houston...

I've been under there before to fix a tub drain pipe...Need a good light too bc it's dark...
I think I just crossed off Texas as a retirement location. The rules before were no states with: hurricanes, sinkholes, tornadoes and fault zones.
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I think I just crossed off Texas as a retirement location. The rules before were no states with: hurricanes, sinkholes, tornadoes and fault zones.
Seeing your quote down there on old Ben F., there's no state more prepared to ensure its liberty "and justice for those that need it when they need it" than TEXAS !!!!

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