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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Replacing floor boards, then sanding and varnishing etc

We've recently bought our first house (yay!) and are looking to have exposed floorboards throughout. However I realise it's a big job and due to work etc I'll probably have to tackle this one room at ...
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Is plywood or dimensional lumber better for repairing notched joist?

During a recent remodel, I came across a 3 inch deep by 5 inch wide bottom notch in a 3x10 (the beams are that old!). I must say, i'm just a diy'er and even I was beside myself that someone would do ...
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How do I glue moving ceramic tiles without removing them?

There was a problem with the pipes under the floor, which resulted in several ceramic tiles being removed. At the moment these tiles are back in place. The problem is that 2 tiles next to them, that ...
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When Laying Tongue and Groove plywood over 1x6 subfloor, do I lay it with the grain perpendicular to the floor joists or to the 1x6 boards underneath?

I am redoing a bedroom and I am in the process of installing a new sub floor. I currently have 1x6 running perpendicular to the floor joists. Some do have a bit of give to them. I am laying over that ...
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I have an old house (100 yrs) up off the ground and in the past year the wood floors have began to sag where the boards meet [closed]

I think my house is about 1oo years old, I have lived in it for 15 years and just in the last year the wood floor has started to sag or bouncy where the boards meet. I thought it was in the traffic ...
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How should I cut through hardwood floor?

I want to install steps to my basement. I need to saw through a hardwood floor. Is there anything specifically I need to do to the hardwood?
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Can I insulate under my condo's subfloor?

My condo does not have a basement. I have a subfloor with three dummy registers. I don't know why they are there. My heating ducts are in the upper part of the side walls. In the winter the cold ...
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What 'quick & dirty' finish for a concrete floor

I am moving into a new home for 1-2 year period. Its an old office building and the landlord is flexible with how I decorate; as it will eventually be totally gutted and renovated. My 3 rooms are ...
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Preparing surface when tiling over existing tiles

I'm retiling our bathroom and intend to tile over the top of the existing floor tiles. The floor is in fair condition at the moment with no cracking except in one place which I did myself and will ...
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Best/good way to remove linoleum squares on pine flooring

I have pine wood floors I want to refinish - but on top of the floor are square linoleum tiles. The adhesive is really strong. I tried pulling some up but it seems like a laborious task. I am also ...
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Why is water oozing from tile shower floor non stop

Our home is 4 years old. From day one the shower has been a problem. It is ceramic tile. There were leaks inside and outside the shower and the pan apparently had a hole in it and was replaced. ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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Tile floor installation on top of hardwood

Can I lay the backerboard for a tile floor on top of hardwood floor that is glued to 3/4 inch plywood subflooring?
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Can I firm up a soft/squeaky floor by adding a plywood subfloor?

The hardwood floors in my old house sit directly on the joists. Can I make them firmer and quieter by screwing plywood into the boards from below? Do I need to account for expansion and contraction of ...
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Basement Floor Installation - Do I need a subfloor or can I use underlayment for warm floor

Live in Vancouver, BC. I'm in the drywall phase of my basement project and we would like to put down vinyl flooring. My unfinished basement has been ultra dry for the last 8 years as it has great ...
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Painted concrete floor surface leveler alternatives

It seems there was a miscommunication and a contractor painted the concrete floor by mistake. I know that the proper way would be to remove the paint but I try to avoid that because overall project ...
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Are Slick Strips (UHMW tape) slippery enough to slide a car

I have a small sports car (~500kg/1100lbs) which takes up too much room in my garage and I want to build a system to slide the car to one one side to free up some space. I have heard that Slick ...
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How to transition between 2rooms when gap is wider than standard 2“ ” t molding strip laminate

How can I transition between 2 rooms if gap is wider than standard 2"t molding strip for laminate floor? Looked for wider strip but could not find one.
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Self-leveling alternatives to gypsum concrete (Gyp-Crete, Pyrofill, Securock) over OSB?

Replacement options for < 1.5 inch pour? Details: Bathroom remodel (new tub, tile wall/floor, toilet, vanity). Old tile floor came up with finger pressure, found that the gypsum concrete ...
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? ...
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Fill gaps on deck boards. Deck is now a sun room

We have enclosed a deck and the owner wants to keep the look of the deck floor. The floor has spray foam insulation on the under side. We want to fill the gaps in the floor. What would be the best ...
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What type of insulation should I use for varying joist spans of 3-4ft?

I live in the #3 region in California, and am wondering what the most cost effective and functional DIY method for installing insulation under my floors. I have kneeling room crawl space under my bi-...
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Installing a floor for storage above detached garage?

We have a gabled-roof single-story detached garage with horizontal 2x4 beams spaced four feet apart and a 20' span. There are two vertical 2x4 beams connecting the two horizontal center beams to the ...
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Thin-set mortar advise

I was advised by Home Depot tech and bought a thin-set mortar VersaBond. Then, after I came home, I watched a Home Depot video on how to prepare my kitchen cement floor for laying on a 13.5" X 13.5" ...
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How to seal joint between stone foundation wall and conrete cellar floor

In my 1910 vintage Baltimore row house, the concrete cellar floor was laid after the construction of the house. The joint between the irregular surface of the stone foundation wall and the concrete ...
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replacing subfloor

How does one replace the sub floor? I will redo the bathroom and need to get to the pipes under the sub floor. This is the first layer of flooring... so it is installed before the walls went up. ...
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How do I replace 2x4 outdoor decking with 1x4 hardwood decking?

I have a small entry area deck outside my front door, roughly 70 sqft. The deck is currently made of 2x4's and a few 2x6's screwed into ~16" on center floor joists. I replaced the front door and ...
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Solid oak wood floor acclimation time?

I am currently about to install a solid wood oak floor. The wood is to be delivered tomorrow if I measure the damp readings and the solid oak floor matches the readings of the subfloor would it be ...
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Damp carpet and pad in two areas of basement

We have lived in our home for 43 years. The basement has always been dry. The house has drain tile and a sump pump and the sump has only run three times in all this time--only after very heavy rain. ...
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What has caused a concrete slab under a towel rail to erode?

I am in the process of replacing floor tiles with engineered wood in the kitchen of the house we're moving in to. However, lifting the tiles under where a towel rail had been installed we found a ...
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How to install bathtub

I want to install a tub on basement bath where drain pipes are already installed and sticking out from concrete floor. I need to know how to raise the level of the tub from the floor in order to have ...
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Thin plastic floor covering

I have laminate flooring coming right up to the base of an external door. This door gets a lot of footfall, and has started to wear the top surface of the laminate where it meets the base of the door. ...
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Transition laminate with t-molding to tile

I need to transition where the laminate is higher than the tile. The laminate is 12mm so the tile is about 1/8" below the laminate. I have t-molding and metal track but there is a gap on tile side. ...
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metal flexing sound from 2nd floor

I bought my home 6 months ago. When we moved in last summer, we didn't hear this sound. Now when I step on particular spot on this one bedroom, I hear metal flexing sound. I am guessing the duct is ...
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Whats size concrete aggregate

Not sure on what size stone/gravel i should use, 10 mm or 20 mm in my cement mix 1 cement + 2 sharp sand + 3 gravel (10mm or 20mm) ? I need to fill 4 gully's in an internal concrete floor, each about ...
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Seamless construction joints on concrete floor

By construction joints I mean the joints between a batch of floor made one day and the new work in a following day. What is the proper way to get the most seamless joints when making finished concrete ...
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Raise cupboard floor (under stairs)

We have a 1930s terraced house in London (UK) with a small cupboard under the stairs, its floor space is about 80cm x 190cm. The floor of this area is around 80cm lower than that of the hall that runs ...
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How do I seal an existing concrete floor before patching it?

We are patching an old concrete slab and we are having a problem with the glue or concrete seeping through small cracks onto the floor below. Is there something I can seal it with before we pour?
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Leveling basement floor while keeping it sloping to the drain?

I am having similar problem with the basement slope being exceptionally steep around the floor drain (similar to this: How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?). The discussion ...
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Brown Tile Floor Turned White

Living an older home with tile floors. Someone said I should clean it with mix of vinegar and water. I was actually cleaning a cabinet and spilled some of the vinegar and water solution and it has ...
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Can I get a smaller toilet installed? (picture included)

At the bottom is a picture of my toilet, where you can see the toilet pipe that enters the floor and that there is ~7 cm of space between the water container and the wall. Question Does there exist ...
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Need help leveling part of a floor

We had an 8 foot square hottub in our bedroom for 10+ years. Because of the weight, the floor has sagged in that section. The tub is gone now and we had carpeted around it, but now there is a big ...
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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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How much heat can be saved by insulating under the floor? [closed]

How much heat can be saved by insulating under the floor, in the crawl area of my house?
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Should I triple up 2x6, or 2x8 to help level a floor? [closed]

I want to level my first floor dining room. The joists supporting the floor is 2x8", 13' long on that side of the main support beam. They are spaced between 16 to 19" apart, there was some moisture ...
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How long can I run a joist without supporting it in the middle?

I am building a tree house with a bridge from one tree to another. What is the maximum distance I could run a joist for the bridge without supporting it in the middle?