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Filling a gap in hardwood floors between two rooms where I removed a wall 30 years ago. Back then, I filled it with 1″ x 4″ planks and covered it with carpet, but now it’s time to refinish these floors in our 1961 ranch house in Southaven, we are getting ready to sell. It’s been a challenge.

The gap spanned ten feet. On one end the gap was 6 1/4” wide, with the other other at 5 1/2″ wide. We were able to locate some 1 1/4” red oak flooring to match the width, but it was about 1/8th inch thinner. Arghhh!

When they installed the original flooring they started at this wall in both rooms, so there was a groove on each side, leaving a floating joint on one or the other. I used my grandfather’s old plane I refurbished a couple of months ago. I’ve never used one before. It required a huge amount of planing to get that last run in without showing a crack. It only took me a couple of days to do it, but 6 months of planning, hand wringing, procrastinating and fear of screwing it up.

I’ve finished the fill. Now I need to sand the other floors and poly it all.

Kenny Ellis

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On September 6, 2017, we bought a 134+ year old Colonial Revival Eclectic known locally in Coldwater, Mississippi, as Ms. Sadie’s Place. We aren’t sure of the age of the house yet; there are old photos dating back to 1883, when she was a much smaller but established version of herself. In 1942, she was moved a mile South, along with the rest of the town of Coldwater (including a massive church) to make way for the Arkabutla Reservoir, built by the WPA in response to the Great…


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