In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to patch strip flooring.
1 Score cut line on damaged floorboard using a utility knife.
2 Drill series of 5/8-inch-diameter holes down center of damaged floorboard.
3 Use chisel to cut through floorboard along the scored line.
4 Chisel out center section of floorboard between the holes.
5 Use hammer and chisel to knock out remainder of damaged floorboard.
6 Chisel off the lower lip of grooved edge from replacement floorboard.
7 Plane down the width of replacement floorboard, if necessary, to fit space.
8 Apply carpenter's glue to top of tongue on adjacent floorboard.
9 Set replacement floorboard in place and tap down with scrap block and hammer.
10 Sand repaired area with random-orbit sander.
11 Protect baseboard with blue painter's tape.
12 Apply minimum four coats of urethane finish to replacement floorboard, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
used to protect baseboard from spray urethane
for cleaning floor