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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is it code to have a concrete floor in a bedroom? [closed]

For some reason I recall that it is Ohio Building code that a bedroom must have a floor finish material other than subfloor. So if you are in a Slab on Grade (SOG) condo, does the code require you to ...
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Soaking tub on the second floor: safe?

I am considering getting a soaking tub (pdf here) for my second floor master bathroom. However, I am unsure of how much weight the floor and walls below can support. The house itself is wood frame ...
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How can I remove 6-8 inches of concrete from a wooden floor?

I have inherited a 143 year old building. Somewhere in the past someone poured 6 to 8 inches of concrete over top the wood bathroom floor. I really want the weight out of the building. Any ideas on ...
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Protecting a wood bathroom floor

We recently had our house renovated and two of the bathrooms now have bare wooden floors. At some point I'll get round to putting down tiles or vinyl but for the time being what should I do to protect ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier before installing engineered hardwood in a partial basement?

I am thinking about using a 6 mil poly and a thicker sound/water barrier to make walking on the floors a bit softer. I plan to tape (or use silicon) as a means to seal moisture. My question is, is it ...
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Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring

I have fairly new natural maple 3/4" [about 4" wide] flooring installed. The installer was sloppy and where the flooring butted against doorways (no doors, just open frames), he should have side cut ...
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Should the cement floor adheres to the concrete slab?

If I want to use a cement floor (with broadcast color hardener) over a concrete slab (laid over compact soil), should it adheres to it, or be separated? The concrete slab is rough, the cement layer ...
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How can I make a wooden floor flat, without using self leveling product?

I am preparing to install laminate flooring in the hallway of our 30 yr. old house. The hall is just over 3 feet wide and 23 feet long. The support piers/beam run lengthwise in the center of the hall ...
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How to tell if carpet is destroyed after a flood?

The other day ago a water line going to an exterior faucet exploded in the wall and flooded my finished basement. The water level was around 1"-2" high and we imagine the water was running for ...
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How to level concrete floor that is chipped and has left over thinset

I removed some tile from a 10' by 15' section of my basement floor. As I was removing the tile, much of the concrete chipped away leaving low areas. Other areas have thin set remaining in the shape ...
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How to make an uneven, damaged 'rustic' tile floor even for tile & parquet laying

I want to lay a tile border & parquet centre in my kitchen. That requires an even floor, ideally level too. The existing floor is an uneven mix of badly damaged tiles, with some parts plain ...
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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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Floating commercial dance floor over concrete

I'm involved in the laying of a floating commercial dance floor over concrete. It needs to last 10-15 years. The plan is to glue a layer of pressure treated wood directly to the concrete. On top of ...
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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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How do I stop the rubber sweep on my front door from squeaking as it moves against the floor?

The main door into my house has rubber at the base of it and it has started to squeak against the wooden floor when opened. How do I fix this problem?
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How do I install a range anti-tip kit into hardwood floor on concrete?

I'm preparing to install an anti-tip kit for an electric range. It's a piece of shaped metal designed to be bolted to the floor with two screws or bolts. The floor is hardwood (probably engineered) ...
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How to fix pitched floors in a brick building

I'm looking at a property the was built in the lat 1800s. It's a 3 level brick building with two other building of similar stature on each side. I too a quick look at the second floor, and it pitches ...
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painting a cork floor (previously coated with polyurethane varnish)

Our cork kitchen floor has a white stain and coated with 3 coats of polyurethane varnish two years ago. But the varnish has begun to wear through and the cork colour is visible. We were never happy ...
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How do I pull up sheets of plywood from the floor?

I have ripped up the carpet in the master bedroom and found that between the sheets of plywood there is cold air blowing in because part of the floor is over the garage. I want to pull up the nailed ...
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How to fix a warped parquet floor?

Less than one year ago my parquet floor was sanded and about 50% of it was replaced with new wood strips, sealed, and then buffed. Now, if my lovely cats happen to knock over their water and it spills ...
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How can I level and finish a slanted deck that was enclosed?

Hello everyone I am new to this so I apologize if I seem a little slow mentally. I have a 104 yr old home that at one point had a deck that was completely enclosed. my issue is that the floor was ...
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Floor Makes Metal Clang When Walked On - One Room

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The whole house has hard-wood flooring. One bedroom on the corner of the house has a floor that sounds hollow... When walked on it makes a loud clanging sound... ...