In this video, This Old House removing a radiator will typically leave large holes in otherwise beautiful wood flooring. General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve this exact problem in his new baby’s nursery.
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General contractor Tom Silva takes us on a road trip to help a homeowner patch holes in the floor left by the previous homeowner. With some of Tom’s decades-old stock, the two set to work cutting and patching a piece into the floor. Then, once installed, Tom shows the homeowner how to finish the patch so it blends in perfectly.
Radiator systems require installers to drill holes through the floor. When it’s a finished wood floor, and the homeowner eventually removes the radiator, those holes become an eyesore. General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve this exact problem in his new baby’s nursery, patching the floors with a “new” piece of wood milled to match the existing flooring.
Cost: Under $40
Time: One day
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Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch holes in their wood floors left over from radiators previously removed.
Tom plans to cut straight across the two boards with holes to remove them, and then drop one board in to look like two.
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Tom places the new board into place and face nails [https://homedepot.sjv.io/LXKM4Y] it secure using the original floors square cut nails. Finally, an orbital sander [https://amzn.to/3ngmeTf] is used to sand the board smooth. For the finishing touch, a coat of oil-based polyurethane [https://homedepot.sjv.io/AWPv27] is applied to the floor with a paintbrush [https://amzn.to/3VnYdpU].
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