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what is the best low maintenance finish for a hardwood floor

Home made mesquite flooring. What is the best floor finish? Low traffic but subject to spills...this is for the man cave. Installing diy mesquite floor tiles, 4 - 6" width, random lengths. Aprox 1/...
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Concrete Floor for 400 Gallon Water Tank

I am planning to build a concrete slab on a soil surface to hold a 400 gallon water tank (Shown Below). I want to make it 7' x 7'. It should hold about 3,500 lbs. Would I need to put in rebar? I've ...
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Dye laminate which lost its color because of detergent

A bottle of detergent for toilets leaked on my laminate for 3 days. The laminate became filled with it on a small area (less than 10cm²). The floor lost its colors and it slightly tinted in blue (the ...
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Access 2nd-story burst hydronic pipe through ceiling or floor?

We had a freeze which caused one or more bursts in our hydronic heating system pipes. We know that there is one burst in a radiator, but there may be others, according to the contractors. If there is ...
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Should I remove vinyl flooring to allow the floor underneath to dry out?

We are renovating a 200+ year old house that had a dirt basement. We poured a concrete floor and put vinyl flooring (snap-together, looks sort of like wood) over this. The basement has gotten wet (...
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Installing baseboards

I'm putting in baseboards in my kid's bedroom and have only been able to find the profile I want in MDF. I would prefer wood as I understand it is more durable. I've gotten conflicting information re ...
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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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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 I'...
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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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Adding a layer of concrete and tiles in the garage

I just wanted to get opinions on my plans to fix the somewhat sunken slab in our garage. We bought the house two years and (it's about 50 years old) and I have been monitoring the slab since day 1. ...
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What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete floor during construction?

I am doing a new build. The floor is burnished concrete done by High Trowel finish during concrete pour. I need to protect the floor afterwards. What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete ...
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How to fix gaps between bamboo flooring planks

About 8 months ago I laid down a floating bamboo floor. The planks are solid carbonized strand bamboo. We allowed the planks to acclimate for over two weeks in the apartment and then laid down the ...
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Where to install underfloor heating under tile; thinset layer or concrete?

Putting in either a thermal wire/mesh (SunTouch) type underfloor heater or carbon film under tile. The subfloor is OSB. Going to pour 3/4" of LevelQuik Self-Leveling Concrete (replacing Gyp-Crete ...
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Cleaning indoor concrete floor without damaging it

I just finished helping a colleague clean out his (large) garage at his new house. He's gradually converting it to a indoor gym for himself and his kids (ie: indoor swing set, toys, etc, with a small ...
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Can I use self leveling compound to level old thin set over plywood subfloor?

The previous owner of my house tiled all the bedrooms on the second floor. I would like to remove all the tile and lay down hardwood flooring. So far I have removed the tile and now have all the thin ...
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Installing Porcelain tile over linoleum floor

I'm considering installing porcelain tile over an existing linoleum floor. I've had several contractors come out and they confirmed it would be fine to do and suggested it (I know many posts ...
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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Refinishing wood floor [duplicate]

We had our floors refinished and there are still separations between the boards. The company claims that it's due to the original installation of the floor and are not fixing it any further. Is it ...
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Hardwood floor slat is split/sagging

I recently bought an older home (1895) and have all hardwood floors. In the second floor I have a floorboard that is split and sags as you walk on it. How can this be fixed? Reinforced?
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What is the best way to fix this garage floor?

I need an educated opinion about how to fix the garage floor shown below. I need the surface to be level and even. As you can see I have two items, a table saw and and work bench that have adjustable ...
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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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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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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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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 tile-...
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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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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 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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Redoing shed base

I have a 12x16 shed, in which is built on a skid. The skid bottom is starting to rot. Is it possible to remove the floor inside the shed, dig out six holes, and put 4x4 posts cemented in, and attach ...
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Sistering joists supported by concrete block on each side

I am going to start a kitchen remodel on a mid 40's home that is constructed with concrete block on all exterior and filled concrete block center wall up to the second floor. Floor joists span approx ...
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What is causing the defined ridge and sunken surrounding floor on my second story floor?

House was built in '87. A defined warp (or ridge) has gradually appeared on my second story floor, in line with the load bearing wall. It appears that the surrounding floor has sunk while the load ...
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decking overhang

I am building a 8x8 deck with stairs coming from landing on north side to landing on n.w. corner then along the west side. inspector said if I can show that running the 6 2x8 joist full length 12 ft. ...
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sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors

i have a very annoying and frustrating problem. there are sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors. there is a underlay on cement base and the installer swears that he ...
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What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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Using this aluminum L shape for stairs

I m doing a laminate floor(first time) from the room onto staircase. Now I m thinking about the transition from bedroom level to first stair and how much am I going to go with laminate. I can get a ...
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How should I deal with old black mastic before installing floor tiles?

I will be removing wood floor tiles that wee installed over old VCT tile which have black mastic on them. I can remove the wood and VCT with no issues, but I do not want to have to remove the old glue....
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Where should I put the transitioning from tile to laminate with open floor plan?

I have an open floor plan in my house. The house is about 25 years old and the same white glossy tile was used in the living room, dining room and large kitchen. The tile looks decent in the living ...
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How to repair straight cut floor joist?

What's the best way to repair a cut floor joist? It looks like when removing floor boards for remodel, someone has cut about half way through the top of joist with saw straight cut. No notching. I'm ...
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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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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 doesn'...
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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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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 ...