Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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Gary is headed in the right direction. The plugs may be resisting because the installer glued them in. If that is the case, then extra care is needed. I have no idea why people glue in plugs; if properly installed, they will not come out. The trick is to use tapered plugs.
If the plug is 3/8", use a 1/4" Forstner bit to remove most of the plug down to the screw. Be gentle or you'll bugger up the bit when you get to the screw. If the plug is larger, use an appropriately sized Forstner bit. Then take a 1/8" (sharp) chisel and gently pry the edges of what's left of the plug away from the flooring. Work from the inside of the plug outward, instead of the other way. If done carefully, there will be no splintering.
To reinstall, buy a tapered plug cutter and make your own using a drill press. Do not try to free hand it without the press; won't work. If you don't have a press or can't find access to one, you can use a drill stand. There is no need glue the plug. Simply insert and light tap into place. Revarnishing will seal the edges. Easy.
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