How to Repair Click-Lock Flooring

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Click-lock flooring is a form of "floating" floor, which means it isn't nailed or glued down. The boards just snap together to form the floor surface, with the edges of the room held down by floor trim. If a floor board or several of them are damaged, this system makes it relatively easy to replace them, since you can take the floor apart and put it back together. Your local flooring dealer can provide the proper replacement boards.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Trim nails
  • Take off the floor trim from around the perimeter of the room with a hammer and pry bar. Keep the trim intact. Set it aside. You should see a small space between the edge of the floor and the wall all around.

  • Move to the side of the floor that's closest to the damaged area. Push on the first course of floor planks that are closest to the wall, wiggling the planks until they move into the same space between the edge of the floor and the wall. Leave the planks in their existing order, lying loosely.

  • Repeat the process for the next courses, pushing each course into the space. Leave the boards all sitting in the order they were in.

  • Continue loosening the boards until you reach the damaged area. Remove the damaged boards. Set the new replacement boards in their place.

  • Put the floor back together, course by course, building your way back toward the wall, locking the boards together by their fittings on the sides.

  • Reinstall your floor trim, using trim nails and your hammer, which will cover up the gaps around the floor.

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