Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

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Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Yangd23 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:37 pm

Hi Shannon,

Today, I found a 2 to 3 mm gap between two end joints on my maple hardwood floor which has been installed for 4 years, as shown in the picture. There was a tiny gap initially but don't know why it suddenly became so big? No water sprayed on the area. How can I get it fixed properly?

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:29 pm

How was it installed, floating, nailed, glued?
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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Yangd23 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:50 pm

Nailed

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:20 am

There is no way you're going to get nailed boards to move, you will be relegated to color matching a good quality wood filler.

If you have a sample of wood flooring, take it to the hardware store and get yourself some Dap Plastic Wood. It comes in various colors, choose a lighter/neutral color:
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Then go to the stain aisle and choose 5 or 6 stains that are lighter, but the same tone as your wood sample, get one that's close in color. When you get home, put several samples of Plastic Wood on a board and let it dry, then start testing your stain colors, mixing them together until you get a close match. Stains of the same brand and type can be mixed together to create your own custom color.
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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by christoff » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:55 am

how is the humidity in your house?

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Shannon » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:28 am

Is there any chance this is the last piece in a row ? Maybe that one did not get nailed by mistake? If you want you could try removing the baseboard and using a laminate floor "kicker" or small bar to try and close up the space.
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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Yangd23 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:31 pm

Yes, Shannon. This is the last piece to the baseboard. I will open the baseboard and see if I can tighten the gap.

If I could tighten the gap, how do I fix this piece of floor to prevent the gap show again?

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Yangd23 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:32 pm

I have 30% humidity in the room

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Yangd23 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:33 pm

I will see what I can do before using plastic wood. Thanks.

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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:06 pm

If you can get the piece to move, you can tack a nail in the end, the baseboard will likely hide it.
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Re: Gap appears at end joint of hardwood floor

Post by Shannon » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:19 pm

Yup , a nail near the end will likey hold it after
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