08:02AM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 06/23/04
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I hired a handyman to take out wall to wall carpet in my living room to expose the hardwood flooring underneath. Then he cleaned the floor, buffed and applied polyurethane coat on it. Then I saw the stains and holes in the wood floor all around the perimeter of the room, left by the nails (most of them rusty) of the nail strip that held the carpet.

The handyman says the only way to make the floor look good is to hide them as sanding would not help. And he is suggesting to put down a baseboard (flat on the floor butting againest the existing baseboards) as the molding would not be wide enough at the base to cover up. I am not sure if that would look good. Can you suggest any other solution?

Thank you very much.


08:59AM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Howdy Ralph,

I dealt with this problem in a house we owned about 20 years ago. We used "brickmold" with a layer of trim on top of it.

Brickmold is rather wide molding. It is often found as trim around exterior doors. It would look far better than molding laid flat, I believe.

As brickmold has a flat top, you'll still need to put molding atop it. But that's where it gets fun! You can put a 1"-by (say, a 1x2", or 1x3, or ?) then put a piece of trim (say, quarter-round or something else) on top of that. You can really get creative....even go so far as have the brickmold and top molding be painted, and the 1"-by be a hardwood.

This is just an idea. Obviously it depends on how far the tack strips were placed from the wall, too. I do agree with the handyman that it would not look all that great to just patch the tackstrip holes.

When you build up base moldings, you can get a rather formal appearance--which can be great for older or traditional homes. It may not be the look you want if you have a contemporary.


-k2 in CO

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12:55PM | 07/23/04
Member Since: 07/22/04
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I recently had my floors sanded & finshed, you would not believe how bad they looked before! Nails, trim, etc... they were stained from pets and water damage, nail holes, staple holes, scratches, etc. I was amazed at how much of the damage was sanded out. You might be suprised!


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