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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure

We have an unusual 3 inch thick poured concrete floor in a steel mesh in the ground floor of our house, under this is a basement like area with an old riveted steel across half of it and a couple of ...
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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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Load capacity of 2x4s spaced 16"

We are trying to finish an above garage attic space as a playroom (since the ceiling will be slanted - 7' to 4' headroom). The "room" is 25' x 8' and currently has 2x4s that are 16" apart. My current ...
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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 choose laminate flooring

What should I be looking for when I choose laminate flooring? I am building a smallish house, I plan to put in laminate flooring in it. But I heard some horror stories about how some laminate flooring ...
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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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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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How to fix a creaky carpeted floor?

I recently moved to a 30ish year old building. The master bedroom's carpeted floor creaks horribly when anyone walks across it - loud enough to wake my wife and daughter in the next room at night! ...
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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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How worried should I be about unlevel floors/vibrations?

we bought a house about 6 months ago. The house is 50 years old this year. Passed main and termite inspections with only minor issues (many of which we've already addressed), and also had an ...
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filling holes in bathroom tile

When you walk in our bathroom on the tiles with high heels, it puts a hole in the tile. It seems likely the tiles were not meant to be for floor. Regardless, we'd like to find some way to fill in the ...
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Any recommendations on joists for weight bearing?

I am building a room (14 x 25) in my barn. I intend to stack hay on the top of the ceiling of this room. The estimated weight of the hay is 24,000 pounds. The joists will run the 14' length. What ...