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Renovating Crawlspace with Poured Concrete Floor

My newly-purchased 1950s home has a below-grade crawlspace with a poorly-poured concrete floor. Specifically, it is very coarse and looks like it was poured and spread with a garden rake. In some ...
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Should I seal, waterproof a concrete basement floor before painting?

What is the best sealer/waterproofer to put on a basement floor that I just want to paint. New construction, no water problems, but washer & drier & water heater are in basement and add to ...
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How should I fill in pits in a concrete floor so I can install laminate?

I have these holes in the concrete floor, and I want to install laminate floor. What can I do to fill in these holes to get a nice level surface.
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Should I patch this hole in my slab?

I'm in the process of tearing out carpet and installing laminate in my guest bedroom. After I got the carpet out, I discovered a hole several inches across underneath the wall that borders the garage. ...
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How do I fix an uneven cement floor prior to hard wood flooring install?

I have recently ripped up carpet and padding on a cement floor for a sixth floor condo unit. I plan on installing 3/4" Bella, 3' wide flooring on it. The problem is that there is a ridge, about 1/8", ...
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How should I install an access panel in a high traffic floor?

I have a bit of a bastard plumbing joint which resides directly under a main doorway in my house. I recently needed to cut into the flooring in order to make a repair. I've dealt with trapdoors in ...
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How to fix office chair worn hardwood floor

I currently have a hardwood floor that is worn down by an office chair and it needs to be fixed, optimally without having to do the whole floor with a floor sander. As you can see in this photo: ...
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How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?

How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?
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How do I level a concrete basement floor with a 1" dip?

I want to level my concrete basement floor, but on one end it slants down over 1" (over a 3'x15' run). Can I fill this area before using self-leveling compound, to save money, or what else could I ...
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How to remove a tile with floor heating mat

Two weeks ago I laid 1 X 2 ft ceramic tiles in my bathroom using premix tile adhesive. After reading some reviews, I should have mixed my own - lesson learned. This weekend I added grout and all went ...
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What should be done about water under bathroom floor tiles?

There is water getting under our bathroom floor tiles. The landlord believes that due to a recent remodel of whole bathroom, water is not draining from the window ledge but is instead going into the ...
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What is this burnt cement floor treatment called?

In Brazil we have a floor finish named Burnt Cement (that doesn't involve burning). Here is a description of the process In summary, you use a mix of cement and pigment (sometimes marble powder too) ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?

I am finishing my hardwood floors tonight with an oil-based polyurethane. I bought a natural bristle paintbrush and a metal pan, as well as some KleanStrip paint thinner that is "made with Mineral ...
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How can I drill through a Linoleum floor?

I would like a drill a hole through my dining room floor to run a wire. The floor is carpeted, so I pulled back the carpet in the corner to find an old linoleum floor. I attempted to drill a hole ...
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How can I use bulk electrical wire to make a subfloor heating system?

Electrical floor heating kits run US$10 to $15 per square foot, but bulk wire only costs $2.50. With the controller, you're still running under $4 a square foot. I have a construction background, but ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...
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What should we do with floor tiles that were applied with Type 1 Mapei mastic?

We tiled a 25 sq. ft bathroom with 12X12 porcelain tiles. Instead of a bag of normal powered mortar (which covered more area than we needed), we picked up the tub of Type 1 Mapei and were told it was ...
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Are all toilet bolts installed from under the floor?

My mom has an older toilet. When is became loose, in order to tighten the bolts she had to hire someone to go under the house. We just got a new toilet. I was hoping to install it as a d.i.y ...
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What is the easiest way to measure an irregular floor space?

I would like to order a comfort mat for the floor of a small kitchen. The company can make it to order but I have to provide exact dimensions. This is harder that it sounds though as the floor space ...
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Reading the measurement of the slope of a floor

I have been told the slope of a floor is 2.5 degrees. How does that translate to the dropping of the floor so many inches in four feet?
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How can I replace laminate with polished concrete flooring?

I'd like to investigate whether I can replace my first-level flooring - currently faux-wood laminate - with polished concrete. What do I need to know? Is it even practical to put down polished ...
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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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Is floor paint on concrete purely aesthetic or actually functional?

I have a large thatched barn recently (6 months) laid with a concrete floor to replace the original mud floor. The concrete was dusting badly, especially near where a table tennis table sits, so I ...
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Halo effect sanding floors

I've used a drum sander and an edging sander to sand a floor. This has left the perimeter of the room a little different from the rest. What's the best way to blend both the regions ? I used 36,60,80 ...
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Reattach carpet to one wall - looking for advice/suggestions

First off, some pictures of the carpet I am looking to re-stretch: I recently finished remodeling a bathroom, and in the process moved a wall, so in the adjacent room we pulled up the carpet along ...
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Should I change all floors or only one?

I have two different type of flooring on my second floor. I have almost 30 sqm with dry pine flooring (four rooms), and 8 sqm with vinyl (one room). The pine planks are not nailed to the floor, I can ...
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How do I tile over a leveled floor with a feathered edge?

I have a laundry room in a home I just bought which had some unseen water damage. They originally had the sticky vinyl tiles on there which I pulled up. The concrete underneath was pitted and uneven. ...
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How do I fix an irregular hole in my heater closet?

The plumbers cut a roughly rectangular hole in the water heater/heater closet floor when fixing the drain pipe for the condensate line. The closet is located in the garage. There are two 2" PVC ...
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Dealing with Asbestos Floor Tiling

This is a cement kitchen floor (about 300 sq ft). Removed cheap pergo flooring and discovered a layer of tiles from 1962. Had them tested and came back with a high composition of asbestos. Here are ...
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Is it okay to put 3/4“ plywood over 1/2” wood subfloor?

I recently purchased a 2 level condo and took out existing hardwood floor on the 2nd floor. Some of the pieces of plywood is pretty old. I wanted to get an honest opinion on whether I should replace ...
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How much weight can floor made of plywood over joists on concrete slab support?

I'm installing a 3' x 4' masonry heater that will weigh 1700 - 2000 lbs in a room that is a converted garage. The floor is plywood over 2x4 joists directly atop a concrete slab. How much weight can ...
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How can I level my bedroom floor?

I have a second floor bedroom that is 10' wide by 16' long. The floor is 3/8 to 3/4 then back to 3/8 lower, then 1/4 to the bedroom door. How can I even the floor? I can not raise the new floor ...
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How can I repair a big gash in my kitchen floor?

How can I repair this big gash in kitchen floor (I can see wood) I was cleaning my kitchen floor, and moved the fridge out of the way. Problem is we have our microwave on it with a short cord. ...
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How can I reduce squeaks in wood floors when no felt paper was installed between floor and plywood?

I've purchased a home where the previous owner installed 3/4" wide plank pine over a 5/8" plywood subfloor. The plywood is glued to a concrete slab but there is no felt paper between the 2 woods. ...
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Timber Veneer Flooring?

We have existing polished timber floors, it is patchy (different parts of the house are floored with different kinds of timber) it also has a few gaps and holes. We are thinking of laying down some ...
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What power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile?

I need to pull up the floor tile in my kitchen. i've tried using a hammer and chisel and the tile pops up easily, but it's too slow. what power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile? is ...
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How do I seal the cracks between my asphalt driveway and my garage concrete slab?

I am not sure if this is an aesthetic problem or not. I suspect that if I do not fix the damage properly the water will continue to infiltrate the cracks and it will create larger problems in the ...
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Fixing a creaking NEW chipboard floor

I have a newly created floor (for a loft conversion) that is chipboard over wooden joists with noggins. At present there is no ceiling below it. Some of the joists have been doubled up due to the ...
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How can I add flooring to an attic floor with electrical wires running across it?

Want to floor attic space that has electrical wires tacked to joists. is the best way to notch out additional boards over wires and add to the top of these joists and then floor?
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Bathroom subfloor replacement

I live in a house built in 1981 that has 16 inch spaced floor joists. In wanting to retile the bathroom I have discovered the plywood all around the toilet flange is junk, it expands about 12 inches ...
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Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway?

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway, over the backerboard and under the porcelain tile or is the thinset adequate? Sub floor is above grade, 3/4" plywood. thanks!
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Shaving floor joist

I have a small rectangular home 33’ x 26’. It’s built on a walled foundation with 2 x 8 joists running the width of the home and a center I-beam support. At the back of the home they stopped the cross ...
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Why are my floor tiles cracked and how can I lay them again so they won't crack

When I moved into my house, the kitchen has large floor tiles on the floor. Quite a few of these tiles are cracked. I've been told that the reason they are cracked is because under the floor tiles is ...
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Floor plumbing pipe too far away from the wall for vanity

Floor plumbing pipe too far away from the wall for vanity. I do not want to cut a hole into the vanity shelves to accommodate this discrepancy because the shelves are already shallow with limited ...
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Recommended method to insulate a raised (joisted) floor in the UK?

We're just about to get a new wood-burning stove fitted with an external air feed and have a load of squeaky floorboards which need fixing in the same room, so we're planning on taking the floor up. ...
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How can I remove oil stains from a concrete floor?

I rented a home, and the garage floor is concrete. It looks like the previous owner had a small car that dripped more oil than it retained. It has been parked on multiple spots, so there are ...
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Building on top of 3/4'' plywood subfloor

I want to build this: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/12/21/how-to-make-a-relatively-sweet-shower-cheap/ and I'm building in my basement bathroom: on top of the foundation I have 2x4 (horizontal) ...
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How do I repair a marble floor corroded by acid?

I recently got some contractors over to repair a section of my house and they unknowingly spilt a small amount of acid on my marble floor. They did not attend to it immediately and the acid corroded ...
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hydronic floor heating system efficiency - using concrete as thermal energy store or not?

I am renovating my house and would like some advice on floor heating for my living room. I have dug this room out to a depth of 97 cm to create a lower level. I have lined this box with 2.5 cm thick ...