We all have swung a hammer at a nail, and missed! Embarrassing, but
also we have damaged or dented the board. A property of wood is that it
will dent, or crush, those fibers and vessels we've talked about when
impacted by enough force. Dear Reader, take the following quiz and
remember the answer. You will have the occasion to use this story!
What puts greater force on a hardwood floor?
Measured in pounds per square inch (psi), a car has a load of 28-30
psi, an elephant 50-100 psi, and a 125-lb. woman with high heels, when
she takes a step and those heels hit the floor, 2000 psi! That's a
problem for any floor -metal, wood, ceramic, carpet, terrazzo, and
Stiletto high heels are now in vogue and all customers should be made
aware that hardwood floors may be damaged by the extreme force involved.
Indentation will occur from the heels themselves, and even more so from
protruding nailheads. An exposed nailhead can exert a force of 8000 psi!
High enough to pulverize hardened concrete. Those heels!