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Old 11-17-2019, 01:10 PM  
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Folks have lived in this 10 year old home for 4 years. This is right outside the master bedroom. There is a gap at the ends of one of the hardwood planks.

It's not in a place where it seems any directional force of foot traffic would have occurred. It almost seems like the board in question wasn't nailed and has mysteriously moved.

Before I go moving furniture and removing moldings...any ideas of why it moved?

I guess it's possible it's been there since the floor was put down but she's pretty picky and I think she or the cleaning lady would have noticed it before yesterday.

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Old 11-17-2019, 01:21 PM  
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I work at a house that has the same problem, in my case they randomly did not nail some of the end boards and the boards are slipping with humidity changes. They left an expansion gap at the end. Some of them I can move with my hands. In the past I have used a bit of glue on the end tongue and slid them back into place, which does not work all of the time. They don't want face nailing at all

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The nailer was empty, would be my guess.

One my sisters has a board that moved just like that. I've been meaning to bring tools every year during holiday visits to pry it back in place.

Thanks for the reminder.
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The nailer was empty, would be my guess.
Was asked to fix hardwood flooring I was underbid on, loose boards everywhere, tons of putty. Sure I'll rip out all 3000 sq. ft. toss it and start over.

That's what you get after warning you not to accept such a low bid.
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The nailer was empty, would be my guess.
Dang good chance. I've been nailing hardwood for over a week on the current job, and I still haven't learned to recognize when I'm shooting blanks. Every so often I have to back up and re-do 6-8'. No doubt there are a few boards in there I didn't notice.
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Dang good chance. I've been nailing hardwood for over a week on the current job, and I still haven't learned to recognize when I'm shooting blanks. Every so often I have to back up and re-do 6-8'. No doubt there are a few boards in there I didn't notice.
Your ears tell ya when it's empty, it just makes a different sound. You install a few dozen more floors, you'll get the hang of it.
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Your ears tell ya when it's empty, it just makes a different sound. You install a few dozen more floors, you'll get the hang of it.
you tryin to kill him?
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You install a few dozen more floors, you'll get the hang of it.
IOW, I'm never going to get the hang of it. I think I'm okay with that.
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you tryin to kill him?
Now thats funny, I don't care who you are.
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IOW, I'm never going to get the hang of it. I think I'm okay with that.

I made the mistake of buying my wife a nailer with wheels. Now she drives me like I got a steering when up my asss when we're laying floor. Damn thing sounds like she's shooting a machine gun when she's nailing.
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Not sure how it happened, but before you go pulling moldings off, try moving the plank with a suction cup (if you have one) first.
Might be able to just glue the tongue and tap it closed.
Maybe some double sided tape and a block of wood on top to use for a tapping block?

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Not sure how it happened, but before you go pulling moldings off, try moving the plank with a suction cup (if you have one) first.
Might be able to just glue the tongue and tap it closed.
Maybe some double sided tape and a block of wood on top to use for a tapping block?

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