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Soundproofing a floor: How about cement backer board w/ Green Glue and mass-loaded vinyl?

I've been researching soundproof underlayments for floors, but the selection seems to be very paltry. It appears that you're pretty much stuck with mass-loaded vinyl (MLV), QuietWood, and a few other ...
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Where should I start laying nail down hardwood flooring and how do I make it straight?

I'm planning to install tongue and groove hardwood flooring in my living room, dining room, kithcen, hallway, and powder room. The longest unbroken length of floor runs from the front bay of the house ...
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Can I hang a hammock from basement joists?

My basement is what I assume is a typical setup, built in the 1970s. 2x8 joists run from the outer cinderblock wall to the center beam with an approximate 11 foot span. I'm thinking about hanging a ...
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What can I do about mild water/moisture damage to laminate wooden flooring?

Yesterday, I accidentally left the window open while it was raining heavily. Some rain poured in for a while (maybe a half-hour or so) before I noticed. After I had wiped off the floor, some dark ...
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How can I clean a very dirty concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has been made amazingly gross (thank you, cats) and I'd like to get it really clean. Is there an option other than scrubbing on hands and knees? Are there cleaning solutions that ...
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What type of underlayment should be used when installing engineered floors?

I'm going to install floating engineered wood floor in a 3rd floor condo. It has plywood subfloor. My biggest concern is the noise of walking on the floor that people below me will suffer. My ...
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How can I raise a bonus room subfloor level with the adjacent floor?

We recently bought a house and closed off upstairs was a bonus room which is over the family room on the main level below. The bonus room has a sub floor already in it, but it wasn't opened. So I cut ...
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How do I repair a floor joist which has a hole drilled less than 2 inches from the bottom?

I have three floor joists that have approximately 1/2 inch hole in them less than 2 inches from the bottom. Is there a recommended fix or approved method to correct this to meet code? These joists ...
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how to repair large, uneven crack in concrete floor

I have a really long (about 20') uneven crack in my cement garage floor. Not only is it jagged, but the sides of the crack range from flat to about 1/2" high. I want to level the sides of the crack, ...
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How to install baseboard at the transition between floors with different height?

Recently I replaced the carpet with engineered floor. However, now I met the difficult to install the baseboard between the two floors with different height. See the picture: I don't know what's ...
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How can I repair a crumbling shed base?

I think I know the answer to this already but its worth a punt. I laid a 4mx3m shed floor (clearly badly), with about 10 cm of hardcore and 7.5cm of cement, that whilst in the middle appears fine, on ...
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What should I do about this load bearing wall that is only supported by a joist floor?

My floors pitch in the same spots as they do on the 1st and 2nd floors. My home was built in the 1890's. I have some soft spots in the basement joists and added 4x4" posts to each side of the main ...
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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?

I would like to use the attic space above my 2-car garage for storage of items around the house and garage, and if possible, utilize some of the space as a small work area. The previous owners left ...
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Will internal waterproofing solve my moisture problems?

We've been working on our water problem for awhile now. Here's the deal: There is black drain tile under the home (all the way around) tied into a sump crock. Water was only coming in one side. A ...
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What should I do to level an uneven floor with a potential load bearing wall above?

I'm trying to level the first floor in my 90 year old house. The floor joists are held up by a wooden beam composed of 5 2x8s, which is held up by two steel columns. In the middle of the wooden ...
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What do I level a 2" slope in my concrete basement floor?

I want to finish a 12'x36' part of my basement. The trouble I am having is that it is sloped to a floor drain. I was told that DRIcore and shims would work but the drain is a 2" slope down from the ...
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Can I install carpet in the attic?

I'm planning on adding a plywood floor to part of my attic. I have some old carpet that I'm thinking about laying on top of the plywood. Is this a bad idea?
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How do I properly jack up one side of my house?

As I write this, I have a slight lean as I walk on my floor in some parts of my house, and it's even worse on the upper floor. In some parts upstairs, it feels almost like you have to grab something. ...
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Is it possible to refinish floors one room at a time?

I live in a small townhouse and would like to refinish the floors in the upstairs of my home. It is very difficult to do all of the rooms at once, but a friend suggested that unless I do this, the ...
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Will I cause problem/cracks with jumping exercise in upper floor?

Every day I am doing my martial art practice in upper floor. It contains jumping and power movements which cause sounds downstairs. Is there any problem for concrete by this continuous jerking ...
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Should I remove nailed-down plywood before laying tile?

In my bathroom there is vinyl on top of plywood, which is nailed to the sub floor. Should I pry up the plywood before putting down cement backer board for tile, or can I go over the plywood?
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How to level a section of raised concrete floor?

I had a plumber move a toilet drain on cement slab. The new concrete he poured is about 1/8" higher than the rest of the floor. I need the floor to be level for tile installation. The new concrete is ...
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How can I locate floor joists?

I want to use some stop squeak screws that pull the subfloor tight to the joists, then break off beneath the surface of the floor. I am having a difficult time locating the joists: my stud finder ...
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Dealing with scratched floor tile

I have a kitchen with a tile floor. In one corner, there's been a pedestal style garbage bin. It seems that stepping on the foot pedal has caused the bin to shift slightly during each use, and over ...
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How do I cut grooves in self-leveling concrete to incorporate an existing drain?

This is a follow up question to my previous question about leveling a basement floor without losing the drainage. After the feedback I decided to use self-leveling concrete and cut (or form it in ...
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Options for Hardwood Floor Scratch and Gouge Repair

I have a 10 month old puppy who recently discovered her (apparent) love for the taste of wood putty. There was a rather large knot hole that had been plugged and finished in our living room floor that ...
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Crack spanning several tiles

I've got several tiles in my dining room that have a diagonal crack running across them. Since it's a pretty straight line across several tiles, I'm guessing it's a foundation issue. The room is at ...
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Basement shower tiled floor not sealed by builder what now

So I have recently had a tenant move out and have found water damage around the basement shower floor. Looks like black mold so I started ripping it out. Now I am at the point where I have found ...
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How do you sister joists?

I am replacing part of a floor because of water damage. I have removed three layers of flooring. The joists were unaffected by the rot (as was the bottom floor, but I removed it anyway). I only ...
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What does blocking refer to in relation to floor joists?

This question was triggered by the following line in a home inspection: Blocking is not installed for I joists above beams in basement. I have found pictures of blocking at http://www....
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How do I patch sections of polyurethane coating on a hardwood floor?

Sections of the floor in our dining room have worn sections, where the polyurethane coating has worn through to the bare wood. Having the room emptied and properly refinished isn't really an option at ...
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Tile parquet is coming off the concrete surface

20 year old tile parquet that was polished and varnished in February has begun to rise off the concrete surface. The concrete is so dry that dust comes off it and the only source of humidity seems to ...
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What's the proper way to address a moisture issue in a concrete slab?

About 4 years ago my wife & I purchased a home. It was approximately 10 years old at that time. The foundation is a concrete slab. Approximately 2-3 years before we purchased the house, the ...
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How can I repair the structure of this floor?

I am working on a house that the concrete piers on the back side have tilted, and pulled the ledger board and header away from floor joists. this resulted in the floor joists dropping over about a 30 ...
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Framing a 10x12 wood floor, using 2x6 PT lumber

I am building a foundation for a 10x12 metal/vinyl coated shed. The foundation is ready with four 12" diameter concrete pillars and another three pillars down the center. I used concrete strong tie ...
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How can I insulate a shed floor?

I am currently planning on insulating my shed this summer to allow year round usage. My first step is to insulate the whole shed. - The walls and Ceiling are straight forward, I will be ...
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What kind of screws are used for plywood subflooring?

I have removed the old bathroom lino and cleaned the parts that adhered to the floor. I want to screw down the existing plywood subfloor because the nails are old (45yrs) and sparse. What kind of ...
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What can I do about a house with internal concrete floor with no DPM?

My partner and I have just bought our first home.A 1950's bungalow which is need of refurbishment. So far it has thrown us a ton of surprises! The worst so far being the floor in one of the bedrooms. ...
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Why does my basement floor paint come off when it's wet?

I painted my basement floor and now just 3 weeks later my washer leaks and the paint is peeling off. I also put some water down on a spot and when I wiped it up you can scratch the paint off. It is ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
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What kind of floor is this?

I got different answers from different contractors and I am so confused now. Some said this is hardwood, and some said this is bamboo. If is it wood, is it possible to tell what kind of wood is this? ...
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Is it likely that there is lead in the varnish of my old 1930's hardwood floor?

I have recently uncovered an old (and presumably original circa 1930) hardwood floor in the hallway of my house. Over the past couple of weeks I have been cleaning and sanding it in order to re-...
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How do you determine the slope of a floor?

What are some methods for figuring out the slope of a floor? I've always heard the slope referenced as, eg: "1/2inch over 6ft." - is this the normal way, and/or are there other common ways to say it?...
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Which way to put a parquette floor according to windows?

I have heard people saying that hardwood-floors should always be put alongside windows while others claim it should be put orthogonal to windows. Which one is the better way now?
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Standard height from floor to ceiling?

Is there a standard height from floor to ceiling. I want to install some false ceiling (plaster board) ... I seem to remember there was a standard but i don't remember it Any help really appreciated
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First floor of house wobbles!

I've seen similar questions but I'm still stuck for an answer, so I hope someone can help... I've just built what is essentially a two-storey cube, 6m x 6m x 6m. It's a steel construction, a little ...
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Is this a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover?

Can anyone tell whether this is a drain cover or an electrical outlet cover? Former homeowners converted a garage to a family room ~20 years ago including extensive water drainage reorientation. The ...
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Is it a good idea to repair a squeaky floor from above?

I have a second floor that squeaks, a lot. Attempts at using scored screws haven't helped much, and the carpet is due for replacement, so there is little concern about pulling it up. A contractor ...
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Should I install a wall before or after hardwood floor installation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Frame or floor planks first? I am building a small wall between two rooms. The existing flooring was carpet, which I have removed. I plan to install a floating floor (the ...
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What tools will help when removing a glued down floor?

We are having a very hard time getting a glued down floor up. We have tried using large scrapers, a crowbar, and a hammer, none have been effective. Are there any other recommended tools that we ...