I have an old schoolhouse that someone put T&G yellow pine flooring
in. The widths vary from 4 inches to almost 7 inches wide. Over time
gaps have opened up between the boards leaving spaces from 1/8 " to
almost 1/2 " wide. I'd like to refinish the floors a room at a time
and would like to fill the gaps with something that would look ok
after the finish coat is applied. Anyone with some thoughts on
this...I'd sure like to know what you think. Thanks! Pat
The filler MUST be flexible enough to allow the pine to move with
changes in humidity. When I lived in an OLD hous in Mass. the floors
were, in places caulked with a strip of what can only be called "rope"
It was a fibrous material, pushed between the boards to fill in the
gaps, then finish was applied over both. Looked fine, just very
This was addressed in an episode of "Ask This Old House", see:
If they offer a video of that show it may be worthwhile, it was fairly
complete, As I recall, Tom soaked the rope in a bucket of the stain prior
to stuffing it into the gaps in the flooring.
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