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Hi

I am having my hardwood floors refinished and upon removing the carpet & pad that was over them, I discovered a beautiful hardwood floor -- with nail heads and screw heads EVERYWHERE. I am assuming the previous owners were trying to stop a squeaking floor, so they screwed/nailed it down and then put carpet and pad over it.

My question is if I am going to sand and refinish the floor, what is the easiest way to conceal the screw/nail heads without removing them? I was thinking of just sinking the screws enough to get filler over them and then sand the floor, but was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions?
 

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Can you post a photo of the floor so we can get a better idea of how bad the problem is?

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Ug.

That is ugly. The former homeowners should be charged with criminal negligence.:blink:

There's no way to hide those nail heads. If they were small-head finish nails, maybe.

The screws you can remove and fill the holes with colored putty/filler, but even with a perfect color match, they won't be invisible, Just sinking the screws and filling over them probably won't hold very long.

And whatever you do, you would still need to deal with the original issue of the squeaky floor.

Do you have access to the floor joists underneath?
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No, the basement below is finished with sheetrock ceiling, so no access to below the floor.

So it's sounding like I'm going to have to pull all 200+ screws and nails and then find a way to quiet the floor again before it's refinished. Ugh!
 

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If it was mine I would not waste my time try to repair that floor.
Any filler is going to stick out like a sore thumb, and there is no way to fix a squecking floor from the top side that not going to show.
 

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I would be looking into new laminate or a complete overlay of new hardwood.

Just leave those screwed up places alone , cover it with a laminate foam layer to soften their pressure on the new wood, and install new over the top of it all.


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Hoping someone may still notice this post.

i have a similar situation, however the screws involved are the type used for squeaky floors that break off. Some above, below, and at surface level. Long story, but we do want to try to revive the floor; even with some filler spots.
Any further suggestions beyond not doing it?!

We were theorizing along the lines of: demmel tool with small cutter/grinder for exposed screws; attempting to either carefully drill down or countersinking the surface / near-but-under surface screws.

thoughts? suggestions? Thanks!
 

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Hoping someone may still notice this post.

i have a similar situation, however the screws involved are the type used for squeaky floors that break off. Some above, below, and at surface level. Long story, but we do want to try to revive the floor; even with some filler spots.
Any further suggestions beyond not doing it?!

We were theorizing along the lines of: demmel tool with small cutter/grinder for exposed screws; attempting to either carefully drill down or countersinking the surface / near-but-under surface screws.

thoughts? suggestions? Thanks!
First: I would start an entire new thread of my own.

Bound to get different answers.

I do believe that Dremel has an attachment to be able to drill perfect vertical into a floor with it.

That would be a perfect solution to drill out the broken off screws, and be rid of them forever.


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