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Dawn

12:15PM | 06/11/02
Member Since: 06/10/02
1 lifetime posts
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We have mahogany hardwood floors that the original owner had done. Unfortunately they didn't let the wood dry to the temp of the house first and the floor plank have shrunk. In some places up to 1/4". We were told there was nothing we could do to fill in the gaps. I cannot believe that. I am sure we aren't the only ones that have this problem. Please help - is there an answer? What can I fill the gaps with and any suggestions on how I can clean them out? The dirt has become caked in there. We just bought the house recently and really are desperate for help. Thank you so much! Our entire top floor - the whole living area is hardwoods with this problem. Someone thought maybe we could use clear silicone? It expands and contracts with the weather. Please let me know what you think.

[This message has been edited by Dawn (edited June 17, 2002).]

Mark Hammond

06:27AM | 06/16/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Dawn,
I hate to bear bad news but it is not an area that will take well to fillers. The problem is that in the summer the floor will expand with moisture and crush out any fillers between the floor boards. Then in the winter when the house is heated the floors will dry out again and shrink, opening the cracks all over again. It is this constant movement that usually prohibits the use of fillers. Cleaning can be done with putty knives and small brushes but your best tool will be a powerful vacuum cleaner......Mark Hammond
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