10:47AM | 12/21/02
Member Since: 12/20/02
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Our living room features a dreadful orange carpet. We were excited to realize, when we looked under a corner, that there was a hardwood floor beneath. It is in rough shape, but can be refinished. However, it appears that the previous owner moved a wall during reno, and there is a section along one wall, approximately 4'x11', where there is no hardwood, only the usual mess found beneath wall-to-wall. Argh! Now what?

Vinyl flooring is out, btw, because of allergies in the family.

Jay J

09:47AM | 12/22/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
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Hi didocarthage,

You have a few options. Fix the 4' x 11' area w/replacement flooring that matches the wood type and finish of your existing floor. Or, if there are any closets in the house that have the SAME flooring in them, you can 'steal' the flooring from there, and to what I first suggested w/the closets. Or, you could fix the 4' x 11' area w/any wood, and cover it w/a couch or other furniture, using latex-backed runners / mats in conjunction w/the project. Of course, you plan on refinishing the main floor, right? Otherwise, it will DEFINITELY look like a poor patch job.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


11:50AM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
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Jay's suggestions are what I would do. With care, it can work well.

Also, if you do "patch" the missing floor spot with similar new wood or with wood from a closet, avoid simply installing a "square" of patch planks. Otherwise it will look like a patch job. Wood floors are designed so that the planks begin and end in staggered spots from row to row. One way to blend the patch in (if you get well-matched wood planks) is to take up several feet of planks adjacent to the hole in the direction that the wood runs. That way, there will not be a clear "dividing line" between the existing floor and the patch pieces. You can work the old planks (that you pulled up adjacent to the hole) into the pattern in different spots so as to create that staggered effect and also make it an even better "blend."

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