How to re-attach wood flooring?


I’ve a piece of tongue and groove wood flooring in my kitchen that I’m guessing has delaminated.

I’m trying to envision how I would get an adhesive “injected” in there, as I don’t think finish nails are going to be enough, because they might pull through.

Correct, it is not solid wood and correct, the previous owners shouldn’t have installed this in a kitchen.

q how to re attach wood flooring

Close up of the lifted flooring.

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  • Robin Robin on Apr 04, 2019

    Only thing I can think of would be drill a little hole in the surface, squirt some glue in there, weight the piece down with something heavy (like a 25lb barbell) and when it’s dry & secure, fill the hole with wood filler, stain & varnish/seal to match.

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    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 04, 2019

      Thanks. Wood Glue won’t wick down into a small hole unless it’s as thin as water.

      It essentially plugs the hole at the top, like a vacuum seal.

      I’m going to go investigate other glues at Menards today.

  • Alice Alice on Apr 04, 2019


    1. Inspect the floor for any nail or screw heads that have raised up.
    2. Remove any raised nails with the hammer. ...
    3. Drill new 2-inch wood screws completely into the empty holes to replace any removed nails or screws. ...
    4. Cover the screw heads with wood filler. ...
    5. Identify the loose floorboard by stepping on it.

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  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 04, 2019

    here is repair Prevention is always better than cure, but if you've already observed such damage on your floor, you can resolve the problem, by replacing given boards. You can do that on your own, without any support from a professional flooring installer. more on repairs you can sort thru

    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 07, 2019

      Thanks. Yes, As I mentioned, this is a silly product to put in a kitchen.

      I understand how to replace one in the middle, cut it and chisel it out.

      Cut the tongue off the new one, after chiseling what was left of the glued on piece to the substrate. If it’s masonite or MDF, then this will be a lot of damage.

  • William William on Apr 07, 2019

    I would use a putty knife to pry up the edge of the board. Use a two part epoxy and on another putty knife or something flat and force it under the board. It will be somewhat messy. Wipe off the excess with nail polish remover. Place some plastic wrap over the seam and weigh it down. Working time with epoxy is about 5 minutes, curing time is about an hour or two. Safe to walk on in 24 hours.

    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 07, 2019

      Thanks. Since it’s a composite flooring with wood veneer on the top, Murphy’s Law warns me to be extremely careful when prying on this tongue & groove product.