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Large gaps in 40yr old Oak floors

12 years ago it goes. At some point in time the previous home owner decided he had the skills to refinish the hardwood floors himself. It's a disaster. There's enough hair under the poly to make a wig for Elton John.

Besides the hair and other foreign objects suspended in time under the poly, there are numerous 1/8" gaps between the boards.

We have approx 850 sq ft of hardwood. The gaps are mainly in the hallway and living room. There were bent-over nails along the baseboard in some areas. Not sure why someone would bend them over instead of just pull them out or nail them in. I got most of them out, but a few snapped off. The craftsmanship in this house is astonishing (not so much).

Do you thin a flooring refinisher would be able to fill these with "rope" or whatever it is they use? Do you think they would look nice?

I included a link to 12 pictures for you to check out if you'd like.


Here is a link that might be useful: A dozen Oak floor gap pictures!!!

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