How Do You Repair Soft Spots In Hardwood Floors?

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You're walking across your hardwood floor and you feel it sink under your feet in one spot. Closer examination finds the wood of one floor board (or a group of them) is starting to rot and soften. It has to come out, or that rot will spread to the rest of the floor. Hardwood floors are connected at the sides by tongue-and-groove fittings, so getting the board out, and getting the replacement board in, takes some finesse, since you can't just pull it straight up. See your flooring supplier about getting the right replacement board. Set the depth of the circular saw blade to match the depth of the floorboards, by sitting the saw on the edge of the replacement board and letting the blade hang over the side, then tightening it. The depth is generally between 3/4 inch and 5/8 inch. Set the front end of the saw's flat blade plate on the damaged board, with the blade held up off the surface and pointing in the same direction as the length of the floorboard. Start the saw and lower the blade ... more
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