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How to Patch and Repair Tongue-and-Groove Wainscoting (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to patch a damaged section of wainscot paneling.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Tongue-and-groove boards interlock, which can make it difficult to repair a small area -- releasing one damaged board would mean releasing all the boards. Instead, use this patch method to replace just the damaged board.

Before Yet Get Started

  • Where the damaged board crosses furring strips on the wall, it may be easier to use a hammer and chisel to cut through the board.

  • If the board is very thick, remove the tongue with a saw.

  • If you want a natural wood finish, consider using an adhesive to secure the board in place rather than using nails.

Drill a Hole

Drill a hole close to one edge of the damaged board, toward the top, and large enough to take the point of a drywall saw.

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Cut Down to Joint

Insert a drywall saw into the hole and cut all the way down the joint between the boards.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pry Out Damaged Baseboard

Use a chisel to pry out the damaged section of board.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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