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Old 09-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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I tossed my carpet, saw beauty in my wood floor, except??


I am looking to finish my most always carpet covered wood floor, however there is this gap at the head of one of the boards. I am not sure how to resolve this issue. It is nailed down, I have no replacement boards at this time. What is the best way to resolve my issue?

Any suggestions, guides, hints of how to search for my issue so i can resolve would be much appreciated!


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I am having issues posting pictures
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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Does the wood flooring exist in any closets?
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There is room to shift the wood away from the wall if I can in some way. I think the gap would keep hidden

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Does the wood flooring exist in any closets?
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How far away is the nearest wall that lies at the end of the slats?
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How far away is the nearest wall that lies at the end of the slats?
I added a second picture, sorry.

It is the board on the wall, the board is 16" away from the wall to the gap
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Is that board nailed down? If it's not then just use a pry bar to slide it back into the rest of the field of boards. You might be able to get enough leverage under that heater. Otherwise you might have to remove or at least loosen the heater from the wall to get at the board end. Baseboard is laid over flooring to hide the gaps at the ends. Wood flooring benefits from being able to expand/contract a bit as seasons and conditions change. Baseboard laid over that gap lets the wood move without showing.

If that section was nailed in that way then you're looking at having to cut it out and patch that section. It's not uncommon to remove a section from a closet floor somewhere else in the house. That as a means to get a reasonably close match.

Start by using a rubber mallet or something like it to try and slide that board to close the gap. If it moves then you're in better shape. If not, I'd recommend calling in a wood flooring specialist to let them do the job right.
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I have tried the rubber headed mallet and it did not move. I'm going to try take the base board off and use a wall tool to push/pull it over. If that doesn't work I will look at maybe putting in a filler piece. I'll let you know how it goes, thank you!

I've looked underneath the floor and I see no nails in the area so it must be a tight fit? There is one nail about 2" from the very edge of where the wood is. Looks like the wood behind/in front of this piece is nailed in but not this board.
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Forgetting to nail a shot board is common---

I have slid a few back into place over the years---
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Wow, that really is a beautiful surprise to find under a carpet, even with the gap.
We recently tore all of the carpet up in our 1860s house and found evidence of the story that someone fell asleep with a cigarette in 1987.

4x5 foot area or so of burnt wood under the couch.


I suspect your boards are most likely a very tight fit and perhaps even stuck some from the finish.
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