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Any ideas on how to keep a refrigerator from moving without wheel locks?

I've got a frig on a tile floor without any wheel locks, and it likes to slide forward every time I open a refrigerator door quickly. So far I have tried: toilet shims shoved under the wheels. ...
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selecting correct stain and varnish/poly/something else for oak hardwood floor

I'm going to sand down some oak floors and stain them with a darker color. I'm struggling with finding the correct products and process to do this. (I already have a plan for sanding) I have two 50lb ...
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Is it better to remove existing floor before placing new one

I have an existing marble floor in my kitchen in my house that is 40 years old. I am planning to put tiles there. Is it better to remove the marble floor and then place the tiles, or should I put the ...
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How to resolve damp basement floor (possibly from capillary suction)?

First of all, as a kind of disclaimer, note that this is my first question ever asked on stackexchange, that I am not a native english speaker, and that I am a DIYer, not a pro. That being said, here ...
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How can I reduce the heat loss through floor?

I really don't know how is named this material in English but I have to prevent heat lost through it. I assume that it is named mosaic, but I might be very wrong. Ideally I'll like to have the floor ...
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How to frame a floor in an unfinished crawl space?

I've got a "crawl space" (really an unfinished space) under the main floor in a 2-story-with-basement house. I'd like to build essentially a deck frame and cover it in 3/4" plywood so that we can ...
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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 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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Microtopping over plywood

To achieve a modern look in our upcoming remodel we are considering doing microtopping over plywood. This should give us the concrete look we are after without pouring concrete (which we can't do ...
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What should base kitchen cabinets sit on top of? Why? Why not?

We are renovating our kitchen. We are ripping up the existing tiled floor. We are going to be installing IKEA cabinets. Should I install the cabinets on top of the subfloor? Or should I install the ...
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What tools will help when removing a glued down floor?

We are having a very hard time getting a glued down floor up. We have tried using large scrapers, a crowbar, and a hammer, none have been effective. Are there any other recommended tools that we ...
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Tile parquet is coming off the concrete surface

20 year old tile parquet that was polished and varnished in February has begun to rise off the concrete surface. The concrete is so dry that dust comes off it and the only source of humidity seems to ...
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What is causing the defined ridge and sunken surrounding floor on my second story floor? [closed]

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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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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Subfloor Repair

Bought a house 2 years ago in which the kitchen was subject to a slow but constant leak at the main water line. So, the subfloor got damaged and in order to repair it I removed big chunks of the ...
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Marmoleum in bathroom

I would like to install marmoleum (natural linoleum by Forbo) in my bathroom. It comes in variety of shapes: square and rectangular lockdown tiles (30x30cm etc) square and rectangular gluedown tiles ...
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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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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What finish can I put on my pallet floor to fill cracks?

What finish can I put on my pallet floor to fill in cracks and have an even, thick top coating?
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How can I repair a crumbling shed base?

I think I know the answer to this already but its worth a punt. I laid a 4mx3m shed floor (clearly badly), with about 10 cm of hardcore and 7.5cm of cement, that whilst in the middle appears fine, on ...
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3 concrete solutions OR do I need an engineer?

The home we moved into recently has a cracked and slightly sunken garage floor. We received 3 wildly different suggested solutions. I'd like to know if we need an engineer's assessment. We believe the ...
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Is there a better method for fixing UPVC floor trim to skirting, other than the adhesive tape provided?

Can anyone recommend a better method of fixing UPVC (e.g. Homelux) floor trims to skirting other than the adhesive tape provided? Can you mechanically fix them or is it just down to adhesives?
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Concrete pour against green board [closed]

I'm having a new concrete floor poured in. its going to be 4 inches. The drywall that will be in contact with the cement is green board(moisture resistant). Will that be ok? or should I cut the ...
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How can I completely remove all traces of mastic from old concrete?

My original aim was to end up with a, possibly stained, clear-coated cement floor. After removing old floor tiles, I rented a floor grinder which took care of most of the old mastic. There were still ...
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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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Can I connect laundry tub drain directly into floor drain?

I would like to install a laundry room tub directly over the floor drain. Can I simply have the tub drain directly into the top of the floor drain?
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How can I raise a bonus room subfloor level with the adjacent floor?

We recently bought a house and closed off upstairs was a bonus room which is over the family room on the main level below. The bonus room has a sub floor already in it, but it wasn't opened. So I cut ...
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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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Treat soft wood floor

I recently bought a house and the bedroom has a wooden floor. I have attached a picture of the floor, after it has been sanded. I have sanded the floor level and finished it with a P120 grain. I am ...
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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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what to do about squeaky floors

I tore out all the old flooring upstairs of my split foyer home and need to know how I can stop the squeaking of the subfloor before I have the new flooring put down. Obviously the squeak wasn't in ...
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How can I locate floor joists?

I want to use some stop squeak screws that pull the subfloor tight to the joists, then break off beneath the surface of the floor. I am having a difficult time locating the joists: my stud finder ...
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Is this an asbestos floor?

My wife and are just bought an old house (1927) and we are concerned about a floor mat in one of the bedrooms. We have been told that it could have asbestos so we would really appreciate any feedback. ...
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What can I do about a house with internal concrete floor with no DPM?

My partner and I have just bought our first home.A 1950's bungalow which is need of refurbishment. So far it has thrown us a ton of surprises! The worst so far being the floor in one of the bedrooms. ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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Can I lay peel and stick tiles over existing, old vinyl?

I am renting a place which has a very old and dirty vinyl flooring. Since I don't own that place, I don't want to spend a lot of money. The vinyl is in bith the kitchen and the entrance. I have found ...
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What Cement Based Product Is Used for Smoothly Finished Floors?

I recently replaced a floor drain in my basement around which I had dug out the concrete, gravel and clay soil. When I sealed it back in, I laid down a bed of gravel and sand, and then used a ...
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How do I begin to lay out floor tile in a small bathroom?

I have a small bathroom 58x52 Do I need to start in center of room Can I start on wall. Less cutting. How do I make sure tile is square on the floor in case wall is not plumb. Tile is 12x12. ...
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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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Can I use 1x4 boards for raised platform support?

I'm making small mini golf modules for use at home that will be 24"x24" each and just be placed on the floor next to each other. I wanted to make them as lightweight as I can for a reasonable cost. I'...
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Do I need to replace water damage or just let it dry out?

I had a water leak under my kitchen sink. It happened pretty slowly over the course of perhaps 8 weeks. The bottom of the cupboard was saturated and about 6 " up the sides of the same cupboard unit. ...
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How can I transition between these floors?

I have recently fitted some new laminate flooring to my living room floor. This floor meets directly with the tiled floor of the kitchen. I'm looking to fit some sort of transition bar between the ...
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What kind of screws are used for plywood subflooring?

I have removed the old bathroom lino and cleaned the parts that adhered to the floor. I want to screw down the existing plywood subfloor because the nails are old (45yrs) and sparse. What kind of ...
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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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Can I use drywall screws to stop floor squeaks?

I've got an old squeaky hardwood floor with access to from below. I can feel the hardwood boards moving under my feet when they squeak so I just plan to drill up through the subfloor into the hardwood....
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First floor of house wobbles!

I've seen similar questions but I'm still stuck for an answer, so I hope someone can help... I've just built what is essentially a two-storey cube, 6m x 6m x 6m. It's a steel construction, a little ...
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Is it possible to refinish floors one room at a time?

I live in a small townhouse and would like to refinish the floors in the upstairs of my home. It is very difficult to do all of the rooms at once, but a friend suggested that unless I do this, the ...
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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 ...