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Removing leftover laminate tile adhesive

I've got an older house that had laminate tile put down in the kitchen. I've peeled up the tile using a heat gun to reveal beautiful fir flooring underneath, but there's a sticky residue left. I'm ...
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Any tricks to extend laminate floor without having to re-lay the whole floor?

Problem: I had some old french doors removed and some new upvc bifold doors fitted. The french doors had a brick stub wall either side of the doors. My laminate floor was fitted up to the brick walls. ...
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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Can I install sheet vinyl over ceramic tile without adhesive?

I live in a rented flat, so can't make substantial changes but have very ugly ceramic floor tiles which I would like to cover with some funky vinyl flooring. Is it possible to do this without glue so ...
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What are the pros and cons of paint vs epoxy for concrete floors?

We will be finishing our basement in our new house - over the next two years or so. Eventually, we will put down flooring in most of the basement (although some parts will remain unfinished). ...
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Does WPC flooring need expansion gaps / transition strips for distances greater than 40 feet?

I know laminate requires expansion gaps every 40 ft, but wood plastic composite flooring is made of a different core, does it expand as much? The manufacturers instructions doesn't even mention it.
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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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Installation of padded carpet over asbestos in basement

Need the best way to install padded carpet over plastic I have already installed to protect from possible asbestos?
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Can I glue two 1“ solid oak treads to make one 2” tread?

I am licensed floor contractor in the state of California. I am installing solid oak treads in open steps in stairs 2"x12"x43", because open steps over 39" wide must be over 1 1/2" thick. But, 2" ...
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Floating floors and matching height

I need to match up a concrete garage floor to an internal wooden floor having converted the garage into living space. The concrete base is 210mm below the wooden floor surface & I am intending to ...
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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

I am planning on having laminate flooring. The baseboards are not installed yet. Should I wait until the laminate is in first? Or should I do it before it is installed?
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Mixing or blending diverse tile thinsets together

I would like to know if it is ever an acceptable practice to mix or blend two diverse thinsets together, and under what circumstances one may resort to this practice (outside of desperation to finish ...
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Replacing an sink cabinet (48“) with a double sink (36”)

This is a very old kitchen. The cabinet I removed was there for most like ~30 years (minimum 20). I removed it but not sure of the next steps. The walls from what I can tell are plasterboard. The ...
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Cempolay Ultra Strong Suitable Paint

I've levelled my garage floor using Cempolay Ultra Strong and the instructions state "Suitable for use on domestic garage floors prior to over coating with a suitable floor paint." Would anyone ...
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Do you have to pull up vinyl flooring before tiling bathroom floor?

Do you have to remove old single layer of vinyl flooring before tiling? What is best to use for under lay would it be backer board over vinyl?
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What is causing my laminate flooring to become warped?

Recently I've noticed the following in my laminate flooring: Apologies if the image is huge or unclear (I'm writing this from the Stack Exchange mobile app. In short, there is ripples/bubbles in ...
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What to put on top of existing vinyl

First of all, I am REALLY not the manual type of guy. I am renting this place, with this flooring in the entrance and the kitchen, that is in very bad shape. It's old, very used, which males it very ...
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Covered vent under a floating wood floor

How do I find a covered floor vent under a floating hardwood floor?!?!.....magnet not picking it up, and can't hear it through a stethoscope
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Will an area rug cause the carpet beneath to wear out?

Is it true that an area rug (for wiping feet) which is lying on top of carpet will actually cause the carpet to wear out even faster?
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Should we reinforce our laundry floor to prevent our washer from walking?

We have an LG front loading washer that vibrates violently and walks when it goes into the spin cycle. Our house is wood framed, built in 1991, and our laundry room floor is vinyl. We've had ...
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Flooring a concrete deck, without raising the floor (much)

I bought a house with a concrete deck 14x14' in size. I'd like to install some sort of flooring on the deck, however, I am worried about two things: The weather conditions, especially snow and rain, ...
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What types of chemical products stick to masonite in flooring context?

I'm installing VCT tile in a new apartment, but after I ripped up the 100 year old carpet I'm finding masonite. The problem is the leveling compound and primer are picking off the masonite. The primer ...
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Damp concrete floor in bedroom

Had water overflow into bedroom and closet. New laminate floor removed. Concrete floor has glue strips from another flooring that is sticky in some places. Will thoroughly clean with as little water ...
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Material between the plywood floor of my camper and new vinyl sheet I want to put down

I had to replace a 2 foot by 8 foot section of plywood flooring in my camping trailer due to damage from a blow out of a radial tire. Some of the original plywood floor was covered with carpet ans ...
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How to level out or grind down concrete basement floor?

I had a french drain installed in my basement and the top of its cement sits around 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch higher then the rest of my basement floor. I need to somehow level this out so I can put ...
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Install carpet tiles over laminate in basement?

We currently have laminate flooring in our basement, which appears to be installed directly on the concrete floors. We haven't noticed any moisture issues in the 3 years we've been here; we had some "...
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Can you waterproof Luxury Vinyl Tile floors without grout?

My questions are on the use of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring - my preference is to use the LVT without grout. However, I'm skeptical on how well the LVT will hold up to moisture without the grout ...
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How to seal garage floor edge

The wall sits on the wood which sits on a rough 2" concrete block. How should I cover this edge so that I have a single clean surface from the floor to the wall?
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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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Adding more floor joists in a crawlspace. Originals are 5' OC and need more support

I just bought a 1956 ranch house in Portland, OR and am facing an issue. I've gutted the bathroom for a remodel and it's down to the studs. There was a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the ...
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Under-floor Insulation in crawl space?

We just bought a single story house, pier and beam at grade level over 36" vented crawl space. The house is located in the Portland, OR area, was built in 1972, and never had vapor barrier or floor ...
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Matching Concrete to Tile Floor Height (1")

We have a tiled dining room that transitions to carpet (carpet and pad on cement foundation slab). We'd like to tear out the carpet and level the concrete slab up to the tile flooring, about 3/4 - 1" ...
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How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?

I have purchased Bruce 3/4" solid oak flooring and I am looking for some guidance with respect to expansion space. This is standard tongue and groove flooring that will be nailed down. This is also ...
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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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How to make sure a tile does not bust on a high point in the floor

I am tiling a bathroom for the first time. It is an upstairs bathroom so I pulled out the vinyl and luan. The subfloor met the standards that I found else where on this site. I laid hardibacker board ...
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How to properly lay Tatami mats

I'm thinking of building a Japanese style room with Tatami mats in my new flat. Now I strongly suspect that this is not as easy as simply buying mats, having them delivered so I don't have to carry ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

I am wondering how high I should space my baseboard off the floor before carpet. I know the tack strip will go next to the base and then carpet goes over it and tucks under the base.
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Older rental home with fake wood look floor- dull, how to shine/polish?

We moved into a rented house last summer, it has "fake wood" floors - not sure of the brand or type, but the place was built about 20 years ago. We have 3 big dogs, and between their paws and other ...
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Reparing hole in hallow part of hardwood floor

I have a house that is roughly 100 years old with hardwood floors. We purchased the house about 5 years ago and immediately got the floors resurfaced. Even before resurfacing the floors I noticed that ...
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Can I install reclaimed pine flooring over a floating subfloor?

I want to lay reclaimed pine floorboards over a newly laid concrete floor in a kitchen. Height from top of concrete to finished top of floorboards is 80mm. Boards are 20mm thick x 175 wide. I could ...
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What can I do about a spot of rotten floor where I need to put in one of my toilet bolts when replacing a wax ring?

I am replacing the wax ring on my toilet. I put one of the bolts in it's slot on the floor flange and it sunk in through the floor. The rest of the floor seems to be ok. It is in an older mobile home. ...
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installing diy hardwood flooring

Ok..this one is probably alitte different. I built a two story barn roof style work shop in my back yard. Sorta small...12 x 16. I'll go to my grave wishing i had made it at least 14 x 16......
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Low-cost hardwood flooring… what's the catch?

Genuine hardwood flooring is generally quite expensive... but a few local stores have glue-down hardwood planks that are actually cheaper than mid-priced laminate (~$1.80/sf). What's the catch? The ...
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Sound insulation for tile floor: Laticrete or NobleSeal SIS? Do I need backerboard

This will be the first time I do tiling myself. The bathroom subfloor is concrete I believe. I am on a condo top floor so will need some sound insulation. I am leaning toward Laticrete 125, but it ...
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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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New Hardwood Floors Chipping

I just bought a newly built house in Maryland and have been living in it for about three months. Most of the house has hardwood flooring that for the most part looks really good. However, I've found ...
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Do vinyl planks need an expansion joint between rooms?

I'm installing about 1,000 square feet of Trafficmaster Allure Ultra vinyl plank flooring. The instructions say to leave a 1/8" perimeter gap but do not say anything about an expansion gap at a ...
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Joists have different height

I'm first time homeowner and bought a house (built in 1999) in fall of 2015 (Philadelphia suburb). During inspection of the house I noticed squeaky floors and inspector said its due to nails rubbing ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring? We are considering getting hardwood stairs as a replacement for carpet stairs and we found ...
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Allowing basement floor to breathe

I'm working on remodeling a basement and the plan for now is to install a subfloor (XPS rigid insulation and plywood on top of that). For the actual floor, I was thinking of using vinyl planks that ...