Introduction

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 3

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DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut Down to Joint

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

Step 4

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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.

Step 5

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Cut New Section of Board

Cut a new section of board to fit. Saw off the tongue of the new board. You may have to secure it in a work bench to make the cut.

Step 6

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Attach New Board

Secure the new board in place, nailing through its face because there is no available tongue for angled blind nailing.

Step 7

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Add Finishing Touches

Fill the nail holes with putty then sand when dry. Then paint the board to match the surrounding surface.