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barthmv
Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

How can I replace T&G boards that are in the middle of my front porch. These boards have rotted and the remaining boards around them are in good shape. They have been originally installed with a flooring nailer.

A. Spruce
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

Remove the bad material, then lightly interlock the new T&G, starting both sides into their mates in the porch floor. This should result in a raised "bump" of new flooring. Push down or lightly persuade with a hammer and it should pop down into place.

Think of shuffling a deck of cards, how you interlace the edges together, then apply pressure to the top of the stack and they all slide nicely together. The T&G should do basically the same thing.

You probably won't be able to hold more than two or three pieces to do this, so if there are more than that, DO NOT nail down any of the repair pieces until ALL of the strips are in place. This will allow as much movement as possible for things to wedge and fit. Once it's all in, face nail and you're done. :cool:

Tony
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch
A. Spruce wrote:

Remove the bad material, then lightly interlock the new T&G, starting both sides into their mates in the porch floor. This should result in a raised "bump" of new flooring. Push down or lightly persuade with a hammer and it should pop down into place.

Think of shuffling a deck of cards, how you interlace the edges together, then apply pressure to the top of the stack and they all slide nicely together. The T&G should do basically the same thing.

You probably won't be able to hold more than two or three pieces to do this, so if there are more than that, DO NOT nail down any of the repair pieces until ALL of the strips are in place. This will allow as much movement as possible for things to wedge and fit. Once it's all in, face nail and you're done. :cool:

Great step by step advice A.Spruce, you got those cookies didn't you?

Calcats :p

A. Spruce
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

MMmmmm, coo-kies! :D

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

Removing the old is simple. Use a circular saw and saw down through the middle of the boards to be removed. The one half will just lift out the other you will no doubt have to remove breaking off the tongue, then remove the nails and broken tongue.

If you are dealing with individual boards, they can be installed two ways. One is to cut the bottom half of the groove off and slip the tongue into the existing board and drop the other side down int place, the other way is to slide the board in from the end with the tongue and grove in tact.The second method will no doubt require the use of a block of scrap wood and a hammer to tap the board in, it is best to use a board that is about 4 inches to long so the damaged end can be cut off once in place. If you have 2 boards in a row follow the method described by A. Spruce, if you have 3 or more in a row install all but 2 with a nailer and then the last two as Spruce described.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

if you have 3 or more in a row install all but 2 with a nailer and then the last two as Spruce described.
Jack

A nailer, as in a scrap of wood nailed along the ends of the new material to keep it captive, yet still allow free movement as the last pieces are put into place, NOT a nailer as in nail gun.

Just thought that might need clarification. Jack can be so technical sometimes. ;):p

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

Ah, eat your cookie Sprucey.:eek:
Jack

barthmv
Re: Replace 2 or 3 T&G fir boards in front porch

Thanks for the info. Both you and A. Spruce have been a lot of help.

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