Invader75

Parquet Question

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Hi,

We have parquet throughout our downstairs room (front, back and entrance/hall). It needs some sanding but in-between each room there's a room of the oak that is raised up. I'm trying to fathom why it would be like this. Is it a design feature or has something happened to make them raise up? Also, what would be the best solution to getting them level with the rest of the floor so it looks flush and stops being a trip hazard? Would it be sand the tops or pull them out and dig out what's underneath then put re set them?

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I bet there was previously carpet over one section and the oak was laid to be level with the carpet.

The oak room is too high just to sand it off.

If its a small room you could lift it and sort it, but it is very expensive to have parquet floor fitted properly.

 

I assume the lip is just in the doorway

 

In your situation I would try lifting that "soldier course" of oak and taper them to loose the lip, or you might be able to do it in situ

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6 minutes ago, bassanclan said:

I bet there was previously carpet over one section and the oak was laid to be level with the carpet.

The oak room is too high just to sand it off.

If its a small room you could lift it and sort it, but it is very expensive to have parquet floor fitted properly.

 

I assume the lip is just in the doorway

 

In your situation I would try lifting that "soldier course" of oak and taper them to loose the lip, or you might be able to do it in situ

Possibly. Yes, it's only a one block width strip into each room comprising of 11 blocks. I just want that strip flush with the rest of the floor. 

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Could you prise up the offending rows, put the pieces through a thicknesser and refix?

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That’s a threshold that’s been replaced over time as they aren’t the same size or age by the looks of it to the others. 

 

I’d take them up and look at planing the backs as if you sand or plane the front you will lose the patina

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Dont have the answer for you @Invader75 but how lovely to have original parquet.  

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19 minutes ago, PeterW said:

That’s a threshold that’s been replaced over time as they aren’t the same size or age by the looks of it to the others. 

 

I’d take them up and look at planing the backs as if you sand or plane the front you will lose the patina

Thanks. Good plan. The only issue is the backs/underneath are covered in rock hard bitchumen. Just got to work out how to get that stuff off. 

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You can get that off with a power plane if you do it slowly. 

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2 minutes ago, PeterW said:

You can get that off with a power plane if you do it slowly. 

Unfortunately I don't own one. 

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If you could get them up them your local "proper" timber yard would likely do it for a drink as long as there's no nails in the blocks.

 

Whereabouts are you?

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17 minutes ago, Invader75 said:

Thanks. Good plan. The only issue is the backs/underneath are covered in rock hard bitchumen. Just got to work out how to get that stuff off. 

 

Hot air gun & paint scraper. 

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Cheers folks. This forum is flipping great for advice. 

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Managed to sort it with an old chisel and a hand plane is it was only 8 blocks. Thanks for all the help 

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