When the owner of this home hired a contractor to repair her wood flooring after a wall was removed, she left and came back to … what you see pictured on the left. She lived with that monstrosity for a while because she couldn't afford to pay someone else to do anything else. Then she found the website for Micah Hestad's North Ogden, Utah-based company, Nexus Flooring, and asked him if it could be fixed. "I said, 'It can, but you've got the wrong grade of flooring,'" Hestad recalls. The original flooring in the circa-1956 home was 2-inch-wide, ½-inch-thick No. 2 Southern red oak, and the new flooring was select red oak. The homeowner had some of the original flooring the first contractor had removed, and Hestad saved every piece he could when he pulled flooring out to do a proper lace-in, working that flooring in with the new flooring to disguise the repair. For the homeowner, it was a huge relief. "She was calling her neighbors over to show them the difference," Hestad recalls. "She said, 'You just blew me away.'"
SUPPLIERS: Abrasives: Norton Abrasives | Finish: Pallmann | Sanding equipment: American Sanders, Bona | Saws: DeWalt
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