Filling Radiator Pipe Holes In Floors

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Patching Radiator Holes In Floors:  Antique Floors


Dear: Concord Carpenter,

I recently removed several radiators from my 300 year old home. The floors are antique and I do not want to replace the floor boards if I don’t have to as I may be unlikely to replicate the patina. Do you have any creative ideas on how I can fill the floor holes left by the absent radiators?

Thanks for your earlier help!
Dominique R



Do you have any similar extra flooring in the basement, attic or barn?   If you do you can use it or similar new wood of similar species to patch your floor.  I have done this dozens of times with huge success.

Patching Holes In Hardwoord Floors:

Here’s what you do:

1.  Use similar to match your flooring

2.  Trace your existing hole.  I use paper over the hole and then use a pencil to lightly trace over the hole.

3.  Transfer your pattern to the wood patch

4.  Cut your wood with a band saw or jigsaw.  Cut your patch or plug with a slight taper.

5.  Use a random orbital sander with 80 grit paper to fine tune the wood patch until you have a perfect fit.

6.  Use glue and and hammer to tap the patch into the hole.

7.  Sand flush – use a sharp chisel and micro sanding on the patch if you don’t want to scratch the surrounding flooring.

8.  Mix stain to blend the patch to the existing floor.


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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

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Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href=""

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