How to Replace Square Edged Boards in Hardwood Flooring

It is simpler to replace square-edged boards than tongue-and-groove boards, since they do not have interlocking edges. Take care to avoid damaging cables and pipes below floor level.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark Joists

Mark a pencil line on the damaged board over the nearest joist. If the damage is central, mark lines on joists either side of the damage.

Pry Up the Damaged Board

Lever up the broken board, using a pry bar. Rest the pry bar on a wood offcut to avoid damaging the floor.

Secure the Board

Once the board has been raised high enough, place wood offcuts underneath to hold it in a secure position.

Remove the Damaged Section

Saw along the pencil lines to remove the damaged section of board. Protect the floor with a spare piece of board.

Cut the New Board

Using the damaged section of board as a template, mark the new board and cut it to size.

Replace and Finish

Position the new section of board in the gap, and nail it in place.