I recently removed old linoleum tile and the underboard that had been
installed below the linoleum in my bathroom. The floor below is decent
variable width, pine, tongue and groove floor boards. I sanded these
boards down and they look good. I have one issue that I need to resolve
before finishing the job and coating the floors with polyurethane. There
are two holes in this floor, one about three feet long be 1.5 feet that
allows access to the pipes in the area below the floor (in front of the
tub). The other is in the corner near the toilet and is about 1 foot
square. These holes were originally made because this house is
pre-indoor plumbing and access was needed to put in and service the
pipes (I'm guessing). Both holes have existing removeable boards
covering them that are flush with the floor, but they are not fit
exactly in the opening and they move a bit when walked upon.
I want to still be able to access these openings to get at the pipes,
but I want these holes to be fit nicely with boards that are exactly
flush, and are solid when walked upon, and that look decent. What is a
good way to do this? Should I use a hinge, or have the wood just drop in
place? Also, what is a good way to give support from below? Currently it
looks like a two by four was screwed underneath on each side of the
holes creating a "lip" that the boards to sit on. I'm a bit perplexed at
fixing this and am considering getting a carpenter instead.
Depends on what you mean by "look decent". Was it me,
I'd use countersunk wood screws to hold the board
(planed to fit) in place, and fill the holes with wood-putty.
Then when you want the boards out, you dig out
the wood putty, and unscrew the boards. The problem,
if you use that technique, is that the screw-holes will
always be visible. If you want something that's undetectable
from above, then the problem gets harder.
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