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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 ...
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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 ...
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Wood flooring and Heavy Wheel Chair

We are having a power chair friendly house built in the spring. Because carpet has to be glued to the sub-floor to prevent bumps and wrinkles, we would prefer wood floors. (We like them better ...
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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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Cork floors in humid regions?

The current relative humidity outside right now for me is 87%. I'd like to install a cork floor but the manufacturer's website says: Maintain a moderate temperature and relative humidity around ...
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Combining two wood floors that have a threshold

I have hardwood floors throughout my open living space, kitchen,sunroom, living room , hallway, dining room. When the house was new we had carpet in the Living room area. However after one year, we ...
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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around Pinterest, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two beside ...
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Is there any problem with installing underfloor heating and wood flooring?

I have planned to renovate my home.I want to install underfloor heating system of Airdex for my home.I am planning to go with wooden flooring as well so will I face any kind of problems in future ...
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Using leveling compound on plywood subfloor (second story)

I am doing an installation of 1/2" engineered hardwood on the second story of my home. Checking the plywood subfloor for true and level, I found a pretty big dip (1/2") Is this scenario an ...
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Is this red oak or white oak hardwood flooring?

I am planning to change a room that has laminate flooring to a room that has 3/4" hardwood flooring. The rest of the adjacent rooms and hallways all have hardwood flooring 3/4". Initially I ...
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Can I begin installing laminate flooring in a hallway?

I am a new home buyer and I want to replace some carpeted areas with laminate. Especially where my dogs are already chewing at it. I can't afford to get all of the material at once. My question is ...
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Marble flooring at my house oscillates when we walk over it.How to rectify or resolve this issue?

The marble flooring at my house is popping i.e when people walk over it, the marble flooring oscillates up & down..and it might come out in the next few days if left unattended..kindly provide me ...
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Best way to fix an uneven floor

We have an uneven floor that when we first moved in tried to repair but were unsuccessful. The root of the problem is a foundation slab which is uneven. We could not even it because there is an ...
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Tongue and groove floorboards - which way up?

I bought some tongue and groove floorboards. I noticed the tongues and grooves were not centered in the edge but were offset. ┌───────────────────────────────────────────┐ ┌─┘ ...
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The vinyl plank click flooring I installed in two rooms develops gaps at the ends between the two rooms. Can I glue the ends together in this area?

I installed this click plank flooring product in two rooms, as a continuous run. It is a floating floor. Between the two rooms is a short narrow corridor about 4 feet wide by 3 feet long. The subfloor ...
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What's the best type of underlay for bamboo flooring

I am building a new house and it sits on piers. The sub-floor I am using is yellow tongue particle board. I have just bought some bamboo floors and wondering what's the best type of underlay for it ...
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How much sanding do I need to do to refinish a wood floor?

I'm planning to sand a hardwood floor, restain it and apply a clear coat. I tried using a random orbital palm sander and a 40 grit sand paper on an inconspicuous location. The sander does remove ...
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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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When tiling a floor must I start in the middle of the room?

I am tiling a small bathroom ~45sq ft. The book I am referencing suggested starting the tile in the center of the room to prevent laying any tiny fractions of tile near one side of the room. I'm ...
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What could cause a “smelly sock” smell seeping into our living room from the crawlspace? [closed]

Our living room floor is wooden so there is a gap between the footings and the floor. In late fall, we get a horrible smell in that room. It smells like smelly socks but worse. I thought it was ...
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Best way to level a room and lay temporary flooring

I need to lay some temporary(about a year) flooring in a room. The house has a crawl space under it and the floor droops slightly, about 1/2 an inch in the center. It was suggested to me to that I ...
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Joining two different tile

We recently had wood-look tiles placed in our living room. There were already some retro-looking tile in front of the fireplace that we liked and complimented the wood-look tile that was going in. ...
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Can I start and stop a tile floor job?

I am tiling my bathroom floor and don't soon have a full day to dedicate to the job. Is it ok to lay down a few tiles each day and come back to the job when I have time? I would only lay mortar for ...