How to Replace a Floorboard

There are several reasons why you may need to replace a single floor board. Maybe the homeowner didn’t like a big mineral streak, or maybe a cabinet installer dropped a big board on the floor that left a mark. Watch this video as Jason Elquest explains how to replace a floorboard during the NWFA Intermediate Installation School held at City Floor Supply in March 2022:

Steps to Replace a Floorboard

  1. Prepare a new board. Before getting started, you’ll want to make sure you have the new board selected and sized correctly.
  2. Find the fasteners. If you aren’t sure where they are, you could take earth magnets and run them on the edge of the board. The magnets will sit a little bit to the side of the center for the side that the nail is on. They don’t sit quite in the middle.
  3. Mark where you’ll want to cut. Once you know where the fasteners are, you can make marks of where to cut. Make “Xs” from each edge to determine where you’ll need to cut.
  4. Make the cuts. In this video, you’ll see Jason doesn’t run the saw backward. He lifts it out, brings it back and then replunges it. Running a Skilsaw backwards is super dangerous. Note: You should always sit to the side of the Skilsaw because if it kicks back it could go right up on your leg.
  5. Pull up the board and clean up the area. You’ll want to have a clean subfloor before placing your glue. Scrape the floor down to the raw subfloor and use a vacuum to clean out debris.
  6. Put down glue and place the board. Make sure to put down enough glue before you place the board. You apply the glue around the edges and then do a squiggly pattern down the center. Once the glue is on, you can go ahead and place the board. 

In need of supplies to replace a floorboard? Give us a call at (800) 737-1786 to speak with a wood floor expert or shop the City Floor Supply store for supplies you may need.

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