Repairing a Wood Floor where a Wall has been Removed

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Something I have seen a lot of is where a wall is removed and the space where the wall was is filled in with whatever. 

This wood floor repair was just one such repair and illustrates the steps to making an invisible repair.

One part of this repair involved weaving where the tongues on each side of the opening were going in opposite directions.

In addition, there was a non functioning floor vent that had to be made to disappear as well.

To start such a repair I removed the filler piece of wood and determined which way the tongues are facing on each side of the opening.

On the larger section of the repair I determined that the tongues were facing the front door so that is where I started to remove the existing flooring.

This is a slow tedious process but is very rewarding to see the end result when it is done.

It is slow because the boards must be removed without damaging the existing flooring that is not going to be removed. Often the boards are a little stubborn and need a little forceful persausion with my 3 pound hammer and a large chisel which used to be a bit for a jack hammer.

Once the flooring that has to come out is removed it is time to reinstall replacement wood. 

Much of this is reusing the very wood I just removed. I need to add some wood from my stock of similar wood to make up for the pieces that were destroyed in removal.

Some places the bottom of the groove needs to be removed to fit the pieces in.

Other times I need to make the board narrower to fit in the space.

Often I need to put a new groove in the flooring to make it fit into place.

The technique I use to do this is from years of discovering what works and what doesn't.

Once I have the repair completed I need to sand the entire floor and the new wood 
magically looks like the wall was never there.

Photo 1 This hole where a wall used to be was filled in with a pine board

 

Photo 2 Starting to remove boards on each side of the hole.

 

The hole with the board removed

Photo 4 Almost done with one side of the hole.

Photo 5 The tools of the trade. Note the triangle head on this hammer and the jack hammer bit next the hammer used to drive boards sideways

 

Photo 6 Starting down the other side. Note the stack of flooring which was remove and will be reused

 

Photo 7 The removing of boards is complete and I have started to weave the boards back in

Photo 8 The boards are almost all weaved in

Photo 9 The floor is sanded and the repair looks great.

Photo 10 The finished job. This is the difference between a "patch" and a "repair"