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How can one repair holes in a hardwood floor?

Hypothetically speaking…Say I am renting a house and say I decided to drill a hole in the floor myself to place cable in another room and say that this hole looks like sh*t. So say I did all of this and wanted to repair it a bit in the future so it didn’t stand out when I move out, what might I do?

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6 Responses to “How can one repair holes in a hardwood floor?”

  1. i eat monkeys said :

    The only option is to cut out the damaged floorboards and install new ones. Replaced a couple of boards from a standard 3/4-in.-thick x 21/4-in.-wide oak-strip floor using a drill, circular saw and sharp chisel.

    To determine the exact width and thickness of the pieces you’ll need, lift up a heat register or threshold and measure the exposed ends of the floorboards. You’ll find hardwood flooring at a local millwork shop, lumberyard or floor-covering store.

  2. Jeff D said :

    First of all, it would be best to put the hole where it would less conspicuous: under a radiator, in a corner or next to a wall. It sounds like that ship may have hypothetically sailed, so we’ll move on. To repair a hole you need to glue in a piece of wood that’s the same size. For example, if you drilled a 1/2″ round hole then you need a round plug that’s 1/2″ in diameter, preferably of the same kind of hardwood (you can buy plugs at a woodworking store or plug-cutting bits to make you own plugs). Then you glue the plug in, sand it smooth and level, stain it to match, and put some finish on it (whatever’s on the existing floor, mostly likely polyurethane). Matching the stain is probably the most difficult step, although for a smallish hole anything close will look better than the hole and might not be too noticeable.

    If the hole’s less than 1/4″ in diameter, you might try a wood filler. Again, it may not look great but it should look better than a hole.

  3. dusty8940 said :

    I agree about putting the hole in an inconspicuous area. You can get a wood dowel when you are ready to move out and pound it into the hole.

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