10:48AM | 02/09/02
Member Since: 02/08/02
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I am renting a loft apartment with a very old hardwood floor. The problem is that in places, nails are rising above the surface. I am constantly tearing holes in my

I doubt they will redo the floor - especially since my building is registered as historical. The building was built in 1903.

Is there anything I can do?

Jay J

08:25AM | 02/10/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi robraden,

Well, it depends on the cause of the nail-rising.

If the floor 'bounces', the only way you MAY be able to stop the bounce is from down below. The floor either needs to be 'shimmed', or 'pulled down' to the floor joists with special 'clamps'. Assuming this can't be done, you can consider removing the nails and using screws that are AT LEAST 1/2" longer than the nails because they'll need to 'bite' into unused joist-wood.

Or, you can cover the floor. Beings you're a renter, you have to be careful with what you do. You could do damage or simpy make the landlord mad.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

[This message has been edited by Jay J (edited February 11, 2002).]


10:09AM | 02/10/02
Member Since: 02/08/02
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I think the problem is that the boards bend & thus, the nails are pulled out of the ends of the boards.I suppose that coverring the floor may be the only answer



07:55AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Wear shoes.


12:18PM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Robraden,
I checked with my floor guy. He said to pull one of the nails out and match it with one size larger in thickness and one inch longer. Then obtain a glue syringe, available at most specialty woodworking stores, and inject "Gorilla Glue" and renail. Use the appropriate nail set to drive the nails 1/32" below the surface. When the glue dries you should have no problems. If the boards are warped, he suggests that you countersink new holes about 1" away from the original nails, inject the glue, screw the boards down and put plugs into hide the screws. After 24 hours, sand the plugs flush and refinish the area. Remember to get the same wood for the plugs and match the grain to hide them. Any questions, post back.
P.S. Make sure to use decking screws in either stainless steel or galvanized with the large type threads. They will hold much better.


06:28PM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 02/08/02
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Now THAT'S a ray of sunshine - er - a trickle of hope - er - something like that!

Anyone else think that will work?


03:53AM | 02/12/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
It sure beats my idea (wear shoes).
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