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From the Forum – “Floor board repair – very small job”

by Prince Of Petworth October 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm 14 Comments

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“I live in a small condo with a few broken floorboards that I want to repair. Its a really small job, but tired of tripping. Any recommendations for a contractor / handyman willing to take on a little floor job ?”

  • textdoc

    If I remember correctly, most flooring companies have minimum charges in the neighborhood of $500-$800. So you might want to hire an individual — someone who usually works as a subcontractor for a flooring company but wouldn’t charge the same minimum.
    One question will be whether your broken floorboards can actually be repaired, or whether they need to be replaced. If they need to be replaced, then the question is what kind of flooring you have and how easy or difficult it will be to duplicate. (I hope for your sake that you don’t have heart-pine flooring, because then it apparently has to be replaced with reclaimed heart-pine flooring and that s*** is not cheap.)

  • TJ

    Not sure I know what to say to the OP. Is this about hiring someone or DIY?

  • Condo Owner

    How small really depends on details — real wood floors are a lot easier but many of the more modern manufactured ones are hard to replace in small sections, if they can find matching manufactured flooring at this point.

    Source: had a small condo with one damaged spot that was impossible to repair short of re-flooring.

  • anon

    Did this question get cut off? Anyway, my floors are heart pine, and I had a lot of spots that needed to be replaced. I was able to order new heart pine from Vienna Hardwoods, by the square foot. Had a handyman install, sand and finish the floors.

    • textdoc

      Can you recommend the handyman, and if so, what’s his/her name/info?
      (One of the flooring companies I got an estimate from made it sound as though my only option for replacing damaged heart-pine boards was reclaimed heart-pine, but I guess they were just doing that to jack up the price.)

      • Pine Floors

        Flooring companies use reclaimed heart pine to match the color, hardness and finish of old heartwood pine floors. You can’t get new heartwood pine that will match exactly (old heartwood pine was from old-growth forests, which don’t exist anymore). So they probably weren’t trying to rip you off. Of course you can use new wood but don’t expect a seamless match with the old.

      • TJ

        They were correct, if you want a good match. I suspect the “new” reference above was to newly milled heart pine, which is made from old growth pine that was cut 100 or so years ago. Reclaimed heart pine is readily available, though more expensive than new yellow pine. I have a small stockpile of both original boards (save from renovations) and newly milled boards for any patching needs.

  • John Davis

    Why are the checkers oriented that way?

    • Anon Spock

      I’m guessing you’re supposed to sit on the bench and play facing one another, so it’s oriented for that setup.

    • Anonamom

      Are they really checkers? They kind look like cookies to me…. or maybe I’m just hungry.

  • shorebird

    wow, made the homepage. unexpected. Appreciate the thoughts. To add on – I’m looking more for a handy person who can replace or maybe fix just a few broken slats (Is that the right term?). I don’t care if the replacements match the existing floors. I live in an old condo building, nothing historic, nothing fancy. And I’m not able to redo all the floors right now .

    • TJ

      You will need someone who can replace the boards (moderately easy), sand them down smooth and level with the old (hard) and refinish the area on and around the new boards (also hard)—a tall order for a handyman who doesn’t regularly do floor work. Universal Floors has done good work for me along these lines.

      • shorebird

        Thanks TJ! super helpful.

  • BA

    I actually have the same issue and am looking for a company or skilled handyman to assist me as well. I have one broken board and two soft spots that will eventually need to be repaired. I’m hoping to do them all in one fell swoop (since the first needs to be repaired now). I got a quote for $1,600 which seemed high, but it included materials, labor, and a contingency in case the subfloor has issues. Floors are solid oak, 1/2″ thick. Does that estimate seem right to people?


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