I did a sample packing on the shop floor. Not the best results
(rushed job!), but they may show something of worth. No sealant was
applied, for a completely finished result.... just the raw packing.
The rope/twine could have been twisted a little tighter, before
installing. No adhesive or nailing/tacking was installed, as these
small samples are packed pretty tight enough.
My brother's exgirlfriend sold her house, so access to that floor
isn't available (at the moment), if it was ever fixed. I'll inquire,
Additionally, I spoke to an oldtimer, still in business, who said
packing floor gaps with jute, or similar, is rarely done anymore. He
recalled packing floor gaps with plumbers waxed cording, the stuff
plumbers used on cast iron piping. I remarked, that sounded similar
to what was used to pack boat shaft boxing, long ago. He said it was
the same stuff. He didn't recall the name of that packing and I don't
know, either. As for as using a waxed cording, long ago, I'm sure
floor finishing/refinishing techniques, if any in some of those cases,
were different than now, allowing for the waxed cording in some cases.
Probably similar in the packing job itself, but it seems to me that
wax would move more and fill in gaps better when it heated up and
flowed a bit. Then again, maybe the exact opposite. Just wondering
if new is better than old or just new.
Long ago, floors may not have had a subflooring and gaps between floor
boards allowed air to pass. In winters, this may not have been good.
Gaps also allowed dust to enter the homes, to name a few reasons for
These more recent days, it's more for looks, but there are good
reasons, otherwise. An unsightly gap or blemish, in any floor, is not
always wanted. A "defect" in a brick floor would be unsightly. In
plank or general wood floors, even with a subfloor below, dust can
collect in wider than normal gaps. A floor with gaps allows the
cleaning fluid, moisture, etc. to seep into the gap.... not to mention
if a pet urinates on the floor, whereas long ago seldom were pets
Plugging/filling these kinds of gaps is similar to filling nail holes
or filling behind a countersunk nail, also, i.e., filling a hole....
as long as the filler is flexible with expansion & contraction of the
If a reasonable color match, filler vs flooring, can be achieved
relatively inexpensively, all the better.
Most floors, today, are installed with fewer gaps. Older floors (and
today's floors, where the installer is not so precise) sometimes need
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