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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Use lost-head screws. These have heads small enough that they will pull down into the surface so you can cover them with a dab of filler. There are many types, for different purposes, but all have ...
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Hardwood flooring installation

If the floor is flat with no dips or ridges then yes. The new flooring will raise the floor height up a bit ~3/4 inch, but if you are happy with the new height, no problem. Most flooring made with ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

"Two nails in my hardwood flooring keep popping up: I have knocked them back in, but because of a bit of flex in the floor, they work their way back up. What should I do about them?" Civil ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

I'd pull them out and see if the floor squeaks or flexes. Maybe you don't need them and can fill or ignore the holes. Otherwise, replace them with ring shank or spiral shank type nails...as suggested ...
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How can I prevent warping while hardwood floor is stored for reuse?

At the time the flooring is pulled, it should be de-nailed and carefully stacked so it lays flat. You could leave the nails in, but it will take a lot more room to store the same material. To get past ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Hammering them back in same hole wont hold Hammer the nails at 10-30 dgr angle to drive the nails, that will stop them from coming out. That might take some practice. Use a nail sinker tool, so to ...
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Water damaged butcher block and repair

That does not look like butcher block to me. It looks like a veneer on top of plywood. In any case there is zero chance you can fix this. It has to be removed and replaced. When wood absorbs water ...
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Acclimating hardwood weight concern

At 45 lbs/ft3 that amount of red oak is 3375 lbs (nearly 2 tons) and is a lot of weight. Equivalent to maybe 12 full-sized refrigerators. From pine load tables, dead load rating is ~80 lbs per foot ...
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Impact of Air Conditioner on plywood

There really is not much difference in the products. Is the humidity an issue, when used with AC? No, AC removes humidity, so any plywood would be less affected by moisture. Plywood is cured with a ...
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Is my approach to installing wood subfloor over concrete correct?

You missed a couple of steps: Remove all baseboard trim Cut door trim to clear new subfloor/floor Adjust any other "things" like baseboard heat/radiators to sit higher (as appropriate) ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors? Note: this answer is intentionally literal instead of pragmatic. Pull the nails straight up out of the floor Tape off the floor surrounding the hole ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Seems like no-one has mentioned pulling out and using bigger nails. If you're certain there are no pipes or wires underneath, in the joist, and the joist will take longer nails, great. Thicker nails ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

I'd pull them and put in a few drops of cyanoacrylate glue (AKA superglue) or epoxy in the nail hole, re-install the nails and I guarantee you won't see them pop up again! Like knowitall's suggestion ...
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How can I tell if I'm looking at original hardwood or subfloor?

Subfloor. Based on the knots and then the nail there is the nail in the coffin. I would say 99.9% chance subfloor. If you pull it back another 12" we can give you a 100%.
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