What is the best way to replace a damaged slat in a solid hardwood floor?

We have a few damaged slats in our hardwood floor and we would like to replace them. We've purchased new slats and we've removed the old ones (mostly) but we were wondering how to place the new slats into the floor. What do you use for a vapor barrier? How do you affix the slats to the floor? Home Depot is not providing much help.

aeray7 years ago
As seandogue wrote, you will have to remove the lower lip on the grooved side, and possibly round over the lower corner of the tongue. The glue will work (TB 3 or Gorilla-type) but for speed and convenience I would use 2" finish nails driven at a 45 deg. angle (back towards the tongue side), set them well, and then putty them. Finish-head screws also work well, but leave a slightly larger hole. As for vapor barrier, I would go with whatever is already there, even if it is nothing. You want the entire floor to move in unison with the conditions and not to have the replacement pieces moving differently because they are being affected by different (very local) conditions.
aeray aeray7 years ago
Yes, lemonie is correct, and he got to it first.
lemonie7 years ago
A good way to start is to look at what you had. How were the ones you removed fixed down, did you find a vapour-barrier (if "no" do you think it needs one)?