Old House DIY stuff

We have old houses with tons of character and stuff always needs fixing.

Here’s what happens when you let the home warranty company replace your floor heater.

Yes, I learned my lesson – always be at home when someone is cutting anything in or on your house!

Note the jacked up hardwood floor at the left. A straight cut would have made my life easier.




Lets get to work!

First step was to remove the top layer of particle board.

We used door shims from Home Depot to level the secondary plywood piece to match the height of the original subfloor. (diagonal pieces)









We used wood glue to secure the shims and plywood.

Next, we got out the chisels and determined a “staggered” look for cutting.

Then, we measured the boards for correct length and cut them down on the table saw.

We alternated boards to purposely mis-match the grain for a random look.

Tongue and groove boards were then hammered in with rubber mallet and aligned to original boards.

the last board was measured, planed with hand planer and then the bottom of the groove side was chiseled off for a drop in from the top.










The boards were nailed in with a pneumatic brad nailer with 3/4″ brads. William brought his pancake portable air compressor which was easier than my 20 gal. industrial unit.

I used an orbital sander and a palm sander to finish level the boards. I found the palm sander worked best.

Start at 60-80 grit  and worked down to 320 grit.

Second to last sanding, wipe boards with water to raise the grain, then hit it again with fine grit.

Vacuumed the area for clean surface and mask for stain.

I used MinWax Spring Oak stain from Home Depot. a small can worked perfect. I took original floor piece to color match at the store.

I then used a rag to apply the stain. Seemed to work perfect.

The next day I used the Varathane floor finish satin to seal it. I laid down one coat each day for 3 days. It dries fast. And, after reading directions, it said NOT to sand in between coats.









I pulled up the cardboard, removed the excess tape and reinstalled the toe board. A quick hit with the white trim paint on the toe board and door
molding and its done.

Quick vacuum of the heater (with pilot off) to remove the loose dirt and wood chips – all good.


Supplies at: S&S Flooring Supply and Home Depot. The guys at S&S were very helpful and knowledgeable.

Tools used: table saw, chisels, hammer, rubber mallet, pliers, palm sander, orbital sander, vacuum, tape measure and a coping saw.

Time spent: approx. 3 hours install, 1 hour sanding, 1 hour finish.

With a little bit of time, effort, and planning … here is the end result.  Pretty awesome.