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09:10PM | 04/25/07
Member Since: 04/25/07
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My home has red oak hardwood, circa 1952 but needs help badly in two ways. some boards (2 that I can tell) need replacing as they have been comepletely chewed through by termites and secondly that there are gaps between the boards.

I can picture myself replacing a few boards and hammmering them all snug in one direction and measuring a slip of a board to install next to the wall, . . . but then I've a pretty good imagination.

I am wondering if this is a job strictly for the pros or if a regular joe might take it on without making it worse.



09:13PM | 04/27/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
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Personally, I think this is a job for the pros.

To replace the boards are easy enough if you are mindful to protect surrounding boards from damage during the removal and reinstallation/repair process, but have you given any thought to snading and refinishing to feather in the repair into existing, or a full refinishing that may be needed if you are not able to feather it into existing so it looks right ?

There is certainly no guarantee that a pro would fare any better, but I think a pro would have a much better chance of success from their experience.


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09:32PM | 04/27/07
Member Since: 04/25/07
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it all needs refinishing anyway. and I can find reclaimed hardwood of the same type and age etc.

mainly I was wondering about the talent and skill required to do the hammering and replacing and still have it all look good.

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