Floorboard patching

Jul 24, 2017

The corridor upstairs was created in the 1930s when the extension was put on the back (side?) of the cottage. Over the years as pipes and cables have been installed for heating and electricity the, now not very long, boards were cut and hacked, cracking along their lengths. The parts of the boards under the corridor were barely supported by three joists running the length of the corridor. In places an extra piece of wood was nailed to the joist to provide a wider fixing for the board. However, the clearance under the floor was so small this extra “fixing” wasn’t well fixed. In places the old board “fragments” felt decidedly loose and poorly supported. I was concerned one would collapse taking the pipework and ceiling underneath.

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I could not find 17cm wide boards (the original imperial width = ) so I bought two 4.2m length of planed timber pieces with a combined width just less than this.

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Then I took out each broken board and cut two pieces of a slightly longer length from the two new planks. In places I had to cut notches in the new planks for central heating pipes.

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There are gaps between the new boards but as the first floor will be carpeted I don’t know if I can be bothered to find a narrow piece of wood to fill the gaps. The floor certainly feels a whole lot more secure where I have replaced the split boards. I might take a couple of millimetres off the underside of the new boards where they lie on the joists to make them lie flush with the old boards At the moment the extra thickness of the new boards is barely noticeable. I might also tidy up the rough cut edges of the old boards to get a closer fit with the new boards. I just want to get as much of the new board supported by the joists as possible.

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If I was going to get all this installation done again I would get rid of wall hung rads and install pipes and rads in the floor spaces like this.

Trench radiators

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