Tap your prybar with your hammer to remove the floor trim from the closest parallel wall to the damage (meaning, the closest wall that runs in the same direction as the floorboards). Remove the trim carefully, so you can put it back in later. Do the same for the trim on the two walls perpendicular to the direction of the floorboards.
Separate the first course of flooring (nearest the parallel wall) by pushing the boards toward the wall, into the small gap that was left there during installation and was previously covered up by the floor trim. Leave the loose boards right where they were when you took them out, in the same position from each other.
Pull apart the next courses of floorboard, leaving the boards sitting loose on the floor in the same positions as they were. Continue until you get to the damaged boards.
Take out the damaged boards. Put your replacement boards in their place.
Re-assemble the floor back together in reverse order from how you took it apart, clipping the boards together course by course, working back toward the wall where you started from.
Re-install the floor trim.
Things You Will Need
- Replacement laminate floor boards
- If you can remove the trim without fully extracting the nails, but just tapping them out enough so the pointed ends are flush with the back of the trim pieces, you can re-use the same nails when you re-install the trim.