How do you fix spaces between wood planks?


A couple wood planks on our floor have moved... is there any way to fix it without taking out the whole Floor?

  4 answers
  • Abigail Ellis Abigail Ellis on Mar 27, 2019

    I'm not sure how badly it's shifted (if you could include a photo that would be a huge help!) but maybe you could use wood filler? or caulk the gaps the way you do when paneling a wall/doing board and batten. The caulk may be an issue for color matching but perhaps they sell it tinted?

    Good luck!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 27, 2019

    Hi Anne,

    We have a friend who has a wood floor and he made it with planks, and of course he had gaps. What he did was take rope that would fit into the cracks and soak it in linseed oil, the he stuffed it into the cracks. It looks natural goes very well in his home.

    Not sure if there is a remedy that does not involve major work for you, maybe another Hometalker has a better solution for your problem.

  • Amanda Amanda on Mar 27, 2019

    HI Anne. I have had my floors separate in winter from the dry air in the house. We installed a humidifier which prevents this now. Maybe this is the cause?

  • Philipp Philipp on Mar 27, 2019

    There is nothing more worse than caulk shrinkage during the cold season! Seinfeld did a documentary on this same issue back in the 90's!

    Does you customer want their floor to look like perfectly machined hardwood flooring? They will NEVER get that with an old, wide pine floor. I have 2 x 8 pine flooring in my house and it expands and contracts at least 1/8" seasonly - leaving gaps up to 1/4". I would never consider filling the gaps with caulk or epoxy for two reasons - I think its a short term solution and I think it ruins the look of an old floor.

    The hemp rope solution is what has been done for hundreds of years. I didn't do it in mine, but may do it down the road. For now, I tolerate the gaps, and vaccuum them when needed.