For questions generally relating to the structure and construction of floors in buildings, including designs, materials, support mechanisms, load-bearing calculations, etc. For questions specifically about the top-layer covering of a floor (tile, carpet, hardwood) see the "flooring" tag.

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What types of flooring can be used with electric radiant heat?

I am considering converting an old enclosed sleeping porch into a usable room year round (in Ohio). Currently the floor is a big slope to allow for drainage when it was still open, obviously I want ...
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Hardie Board Subfloor—Thinset or No?

I'm remodeling the bathroom in my house that was built in the 1930s. I stripped out the old flooring down to the 1x8 wood planks (about 1/4" between each). I have 1/4" Hardie Board to put down in ...
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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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What header joist sizes do I need for a loft bed?

I've decided to design and build a king-sized loft bed for our bedroom. Basically, I've got an 80" x 89" frame, 54" off the floor, covered with slats instead of plywood (see image, below). I'm sure ...
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bathroom size, will everything fit?

Does anyone know of a website where you can given the dimensions of your bathroom and see how they would arrange your tub, shower, vanities and toliet?
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How should I finish a basement with a pitched floor?

I am building a room in the basement where the slab has a pitch. I have already installed had a foam and magnesium board subfloor and my intention is to have a carpet installed on top of that. The ...
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Is baseboard important? (and 3 choices for trim on wall-to-floor transition)

I'm pulling out wall-to-wall carpet and installing solid hardwood floor. I am also removing the old baseboard and repairing the bottom of the wall with drywall compound to take out any weird ridges ...
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How should I orient the laminate flooring in this room?

I'm planning to install new laminate flooring in a bedroom that has two closets, and I just want to make sure I'm orienting it correctly. From what I've read, there are two rules for this: Along the ...
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How should I fill gaps between floorboards?

We have a Girl Scout camp and I'm the new property manager. We have cabins that are on stilt-like legs, approximately 20 years old. The flooring in these cabins has large gaps in between each piece of ...
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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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How would I go about leveling a sagging floor?

I had all my kitchen cabinets refaced last year. I than decided to replace the counters with granite. When the guy from the counter company came out he did some leveling test. I am putting counters ...
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Can I put concrete over PVC pipe?

I have my laundry room in the backyard and there is an area that had a thin piece of concrete and below it there is soil. Beneath the soil there lies the drainage PVC 1 ½” pipe, gas line (not ...
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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 ...
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How should I paint my basement floor?

I have an 80 year old basement concrete floor that recent had asbestos tiles and mastic removed. It is in good shape, with a few hairline cracks. I am planning on painting it. The basement is dry, ...
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How do I remove a small amount of water based concrete sealer from a painted floor?

I was using a water based concrete sealer on my painted concrete floors. I did something wrong, and one tiny section didn't dry clear. My question is, what can I use to remove a small portion ...
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What thickness, size, and quality plywood is required for an aviary floor?

12'L x 5'D x8'H size aviary needs what thickness plywood to hold human weight. Aviary floor is slightly elevated from the ground. Also, please specify how many floor joists it needs to hold the weight ...
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Are there any quick setting floor leveling compounds?

The self levelling compound under the vinyl floor tiles in our bathroom has started to break up so the tiles are now coming up. We do not have another toilet so I need a solution that can be walked ...
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How can I stop cracking/squeaking sounds while leveling this floor?

I am reconditioning a wooden floor; I pulled up the carpet and am repairing, levelling and then painting the so-so boards I found. I already tried replacing the nails with screws but found that the ...
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How should I add flooring in my “crawl” space?

Our house has a basement where part of it is finished but one section is closed off by a door and just has a dirt floor. The space is about 25'x25' and about 12' tall (not really a "crawl" space) ...
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Water damage in the kitchen

Today, we went out of the house for about an hour and when we came back the whole kitchen was flooded. Turned out the cold water soft connection for the kitchen sink had somehow disconnected (?). We ...
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laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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Waterproofing 1st floor bathroom with original wooden floor boards in a Victorian house

I want to convert a 1st floor room into a bathroom, retaining the original wooden floorboards. There will be no shower, just a bath in the room. What needs to be taken into consideration with regards ...
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How do I lay joists over a complex-sloped basement floor

I am helping a friend install a bathroom in his basement. The basement floor is partially rock which has been covered in plastic vapour barrier and then covered in a thin layer of concrete. (The ...
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Finishing basement… level floors with SLC or install stud wall first?

Basement floor isn't too far off... wondering if I should get the stud wall done first or level the floor first....
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What can I do to fix water coming up from floor drain?

This vertical pipe is connected to the kitchen sink above and the utility tub in the basement. When the utility tub is used, the drain in the floor is backing up. If the sink is run upstairs it ...
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Do I need an expansion gap around concrete laid inside a building

We are laying a concrete floor inside a room in an old stone building. Do we need to leave an expansion gap around the edge? The room is open at the front so we are not insulating or anything.
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How to get threshold screws out?

Trying to replace an external door threshold. I have tried removing the screws with a screw gun with no luck. I have tried using an impact driver and hammer with no luck. The heads of the screws are ...
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How can I level sistered floor joists? [closed]

I have a 6' deep and 18' wide roof deck that has water damage. I removed the old flooring and tile. The joists by the stucco railing are rotten. The joists by the house are fine. I removed the rotten ...
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Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?

How can I make a concrete floor (also using dry shake color hardener) with a proper edge, without using an edge trowel? In Brazil I cannot find an edge trowel anywhere, so I would like to know if ...
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Will I have any issues installing an in-floor heating mat with premix mortar?

I installed a radiant floor heating mat under ceramic tiles using a premix mortar. I now understand this was not the right thing to do. After further research the only reason I can find that suggests ...
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How should I waterproof a replacement shower floor?

I have to replace the tile floor in my shower because of mold. What should I use to waterproof the floor and turn up the wall?
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Sand dribbling out under baseboard. What could cause this?

The scenario: Slab on grade construction. House built 1938, slab poured in 1950's we think. San Francisco area. New framing, new hardwood floor, new baseboards. Completion 6 months ago. Altriset ...
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How can I make an even ground for a garden nursery, without using concrete?

I want to make a garden nursery. I know that many use concrete for this purpose but I would like to find out if there is a cheaper alternative. My requirement is simple - the ground should be even to ...
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How can I stop water from coming up through the floor?

I have a house that is on a high water table, and water is coming up through the floor. The property was excavated around the perimeter a couple of years ago and installed a new Big "O". Drycore was ...
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Kärcher RC 3000 alternative? [closed]

i am currently searching for an alternative to Kärcher RC 3000 robotic vacuum cleaner. The SIEMENS Sensor Cruiser has same build except the color. For me is important that the robot can clean the ...
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How do I install a vapor barrier and insulation in an existing floor?

I have a large room in my house that is built over a crawl space. The floor of this room does not have any insulation installed in it. I live in upstate New York so it is my understanding that I ...
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Alternatives to wood joists

I have a brick(3 wythe) building and starting to plan a kitchen remodel. The floor in the kitchen is pretty slanted and the wood joists don't look too good. So I will need some way to level the floor. ...
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Adjust a refrigerator on the floor

My refrigerator stands on the floor unevenly. Its slant is small but enough to make the motor produce unpleasant noises. If I manually tilt the refrigerator a little bit, the noise disappears. ...
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Why cement under upstairs bathroom floor?

I went to tile upstairs bathroom floor and when we pulled up old linoleum and replace subfloor that was rotted we discovered 1 1/2" of concrete poured on top of old subfloor. Why would somebody do ...
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Possible To Put an Epoxy Coating on Particle Board?

Is is possible/recommended to put an epoxy such as Rust-Oleum Epoxy Garage Floor Coating on particle board? Any help would be appreciated! ...
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How to read this floor map scale?

I'm not an interior designer, but I'm going to do the home design myself. I don't know how to read the scale of this floor plan. I'm going to put this into a floor planner website and design, but I ...
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Temporary floor fix - Ikea laminate on concrete and wooden boards

I've just bought my first home and have started the long-term and rather daunting task of getting it into a decent state. First on my list is the Kitchen floor. See photo below. I pulled up the smelly ...
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Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet

I'm having a large group over for a party. Since my living room is carpeted, I'm trying to think of clever ways to create a nicer dance floor than the carpet. One thought was two 8x4 pieces of plywood ...
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Should we use regular plywood or Lauan over fir strip sub-floor before laying vinyl?

We are preparing a rental kitchen floor for sheet vinyl or VCT tiles. We currently have exposed 3" wide fir strips as the sub-floor. We were told we needed to lay 3/8" plywood over the fir for ...
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How to improve garage floor look and color?

Here is a image of my garage floor. Hi-Res Link This is after a professional high pressure water cleaning contractor that used degreaser and bicarb soda chemicals to try to rid the floor of oil ...
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What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?

I've seen two distinct cases. In the house I currently live in, the largest room in the basement has a floor that is uneven. Basically it dips lower towards the middle of the room. I presume this is ...
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What to mask space between panel floor and balcony with?

We have put the floors on our own. They're not perfect and we have left too much space between the floor and the window. And a standard finishing element like this: is too small. Here are ...
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Filling gaps in hardwood floor - what's the easiest way?

I've got an old, beat-to-hell, hardwood floor in my apartment in the kitchen where quite a bit of water ends up on the floor on a daily basis as there's obvious things like a stove and sink, but also ...
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How can I fix a floor joist that has separated from the cross beam?

I have just 1 beam that is no longer in the notch that is supposed to rest in on the crossbeam. The house is 100 years old. Would it be a safe option to install a floor jack to bring the beam back up ...