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enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description hereSo I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See attached photo

It's very possible as I pull up more of the carpet I will find other areas with sections of MDF. It's likely some of the boards were damaged and they pulled em out to level out the surface before installing carpet over it right? Is it reasonable to think I could cut this MDF out and install new hardwood over it? I will then sand and finish it. It's 100% ok if the new hardwood "patches" don't end up looking the same as the old ones when all said and done.

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Yes you could repair the hard wood. Check out some more information on line so you understand how hardwood T&G is put down, I helped a friend that messed up quite a few boards to do a repair under a window that had leaked because he did not understand how the toe nailing worked. If the missing area is on the ends of the planks it is much tougher to repair compared to several length wise boards.

  • Thanks for your reply Ed Beal! A follow up question - is there a way to tell if the floors CAN be refinished? I'm adding a picture to the original post to show the thickness. I've been googling this and perhaps I'm not finding the right combination of words – Rachel Ayoroa Feb 23 '18 at 18:30
  • As far as refinishing if it is a solid wood T&G floor I have always just rented a drum sander and sanded the floors I have never checked the thickness when it is real wood. Looking at the photo you will have plenty of thickness (you really don't take that much off). – Ed Beal Feb 23 '18 at 19:48
  • I showed some of the pictures around here at work and there is some contention over whether it is real hard wood or not. I'm researching now to figure that out and then I'll go from there. Thanks again Ed. – Rachel Ayoroa Feb 23 '18 at 21:23
  • Take a knife and clean up the edge it is fuzzy in the photo, if you see wood grain not something that looks like the underlayment and there is no vinyl or ? Covering on top of the boards it is probably real wood. – Ed Beal Feb 23 '18 at 22:05
  • k I added 3 more pics. Once I got more pics and showed them to people, they agreed it was real hardwood. probably oak. I've attached them. – Rachel Ayoroa Feb 25 '18 at 20:27

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