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underfloor heating with cork floor tiles

What is the appropriate subfloor for cork tiles over underfloor heating if the floor is supported by wooden joists? How thick can the floor be?
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What's the minimum subfloor thickness required for hardwood flooring?

I have a concrete slab and want to put 3/4 wood flooring on top. I'm going to lay a plywood subfloor and want to know if 1/2 inch plywood is good enough. I plan on nailing down the wooden floor.
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Is hardwood flooring safe from termites?

I have plans to have hardwood flooring in my living room, but I am afraid of termites ruining my flooring.
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Can/Should I use Uncoupling Membrane for tiling stairs?

I am preparing to tile my bathroom, which currently has carpet. I would like to use uncoupling membrane as a base, but there is a small step in front of the shower. Since it's in front of the shower, ...
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Will the door I wish to build last using my method?

I am new to this forum and am glad to now be a part of what seems like a knowledgeable friendly community. I have a question about a method I used to make my front door. The reason I am asking is that ...
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What should I do if a new cabinet is smaller than the old one?

I want to change my bathroom cabinets, but need ideas for floor. If I leave the same tile and the new cabinet footprint doesn't match the old, then there will be a portion of the floor exposed with no ...
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How do I fill drilled holes on a concrete floor and won't make it look fresh and blend it with existing floor?

I want to try hiding a drilled hole as much as possible on a concrete floor. I will fill the holes, but it's obviously visible. I don't want it to look fresh. Is there anything I should do before hand ...
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What is the width of the expansion gap between solid wood and ceramic tile of equal thickness?

I want to install a T transition between 3/4 inch oak 2 1/4 strip floor and ceramic tile of the same thickness. There is a 1/2 inch wide "tooth" on the bottom of the transition. How wide should the ...
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Are there any special considerations for installing laminate on a 2nd floor?

I have installed a lot of laminate in 1st floor rooms, with concrete subfloors. No issues there. Now I'm installing in a second floor bedroom in a townhouse. Before I rip up carpet Im checking to see ...
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Best transition molding choice for laminate to carpet-covered stairs transition

I'm butting laminate down in an upstairs hallway. A portion of the perimeter transitions to the first 90 degree down slop of a stairwell. The stairwell is carpeted and we're going to keep as is. For ...
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Can you use casing molding for baseboard molding?

I am curious if there are any reasons not to use a casing molding (typically used for doors or windows) as base molding along the floor? The casing molding is made out of pine which seems to be used ...
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Can I install engineered hardwood over laminate flooring?

My floor has two layers of laminate flooring and the first layer is partially removed around the edges of the kitchen cabinets and walls. The top layer is glued down very well and I'm wondering if I ...
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Staining and varnishing a new floor board to match the rest of the floor

Recently removed a wall between our lounge and dining rooms to create a nice big open space. I installed new raw floor boards in the hole where the wall was. The new floorboards are the same timber ...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

I'm looking for a fast and precise way to cut precise pieces of ceramic tile. Any recommendations on tools with pros and cons would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Floor leveling layering

Leveling a floor in old house. Put down compound and is drying but there are some spots not level. Can we prime and put on another layer? Was recommended by flooring people to put the leveling ...
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Removing old linoleum and replacing with tiles

When replacing linoleum and you pull up the old flooring some of the wood will come up. Do you replace the wood that has come up with sheet wood or wood filler then lay the tile down or should you ...
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Trapdoor: which first, frame or floor?

I'm installing a trapdoor to provide easier access to the basement. This is the first step in a kitchen renovation so I've also taken up the laminate flooring. The hole for the trapdoor is already ...
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Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?

I'm installing laminate flooring in a bedroom next to a tiled hallway. I'm planning to have a standard expansion gap all the way around the room, but I'm stuck on how to do the doorway. I know the ...
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Draft from under baseboard - pull back carpet or remove baseboard to caulk?

Using an infrared thermometer/camera, I found what seems to be a draft coming from beneath a baseboard in the corner of a carpeted room. I understand that caulking can stop drafts from under ...
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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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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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How to correct possible subfloor l/360 deflection under live load, when basement below is finished

Installing porcelain planks 6"x 36" with 11mm thickness, in main floor Living room that was previously carpeted. House is 2 story town, 13yrs old. Room size across W 18' x Length joist span of ...
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replacing flooring under walls (2nd story)

I am wanting to tile my master bath. When I pulled up the old linoleum flooring, it was particle-board. I've read nightmares about tiling over particle board so I'm planning on replacing it with ...
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Is peel and stick vinyl tile flooring really waterproof?

I am installing these tiles in a bathroom mainly used my youngsters in a bath. When they inevitably splash water on the floor won't the seems in these tiles allow the water to pass through. I ...
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How can I fix pinewood flooring that got skewed after oiling?

I oiled my pinewood flooring a few days ago, and now after it has dried up the flooring is skewed. It bends up close to the edges, on both sides of the room. Each plank is straight lengthwise. It's ...
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How can I remove construction adhesive from finished wood flooring?

I was attaching some transition molding to a floor section yesterday using PL proline construction adhesive. Apparently I did not do as a good a job of policing the edge as I thought, and I have ...
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How should I remedy bowed floor joists?

My house is 24'x24', (2 story), kitchen (main floor) has approx. 5 "bowed-up" floor joists in a row in the middle. I want to change all cabinetry, so while removed, how to "safely" remedy this bowed ...
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How should I prepare a sub-floor for porcelain tile?

I am removing a laminate tile floor. There looks to be 2 layers of 3/4" Plywood as the sub-floor. Do I remove 1 layer of Plywood and install 1/2" concrete board or leave the plywood and install 1/4" ...
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Should I tile or carpet first

I am getting new carpet in lounge room. I also wanted to tile a small area that leads from lounge room door to outside. Like a small entry area to stop dirty feet walking straight onto carpet. My ...
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Can I install used hardwood flooring?

I'm looking to install recycled hardwood. During the demo most of the bottom part of the grooves has been broken off. Will the effect how well it will stay down after it's installed?
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What type of squeegee should I use when oiling a floor?

I have a pine wood floor I'm about to oil. The recommended procedure (according to the manufacturer) is: For about 5 boards at a time: Apply oil using a paint roller. Leave it wet for 5-10 minutes ...
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Is it really such a terrible idea to have original pine floorboards in a bathroom?

we have just pulled up some awful old carpet in our bathroom and found that, underneath a layer of particle board, there are lovely old (original?) pitch pine floorboards in lovely condition - I'm so ...
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Why are the contractors leaving lambs wool fibers in my floor finish?

Contractors continue to leave wool fibers in the finish. They rebuff the floor and add another poly finish but still leave wool fibers. What are they doing wrong? They seem to think this is ok and ...
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Tongue groove wood flooring - oops, I cut them both off

I am installing strand-woven bamboo flooring. One end is grooved, the other has a tongue. Typically, I cut the tongue side to width and use that at the start of my row. Then I add a full-length ...
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Can I install wood floor on adhesive left from old linoleum floor?

We are installing about 100 ft.² of interlocking hardwood on the floor where the linoleum peeled off but the glue adhesive is still stuck on the floor. The floor is very level, and we tried scraping ...
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Sill plates (thresholds) before floor tiles or otherwise?

The contractor wants to install the granite sill plates now and later have the tiles installed. I heard from one granite fellow that the sill plates should be last. Is there any advantage for going ...
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How much old material do I remove before laying new rolled vinyl?

We are installing new rolled vinyl in an old home. We discovered there is an original layer of vinyl then a layer of plywood (underlayment?)and a second layer of vinyl. How much do we have to remove ...
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What type of underlayment should I use for tile that looks like hardwood?

What is the best underlayment to use when installing tile that looks like hard wood? I have a wooden subfloor.
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Can I remove carpeting that covers a wooden floor?

Is it possible to undo the carpet flooring above wooden floor?
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What kind of floor is this?

I got different answers from different contractors and I am so confused now. Some said this is hardwood, and some said this is bamboo. If is it wood, is it possible to tell what kind of wood is this? ...
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Do I need a moisture barrier between sub floor wolmanit and engineered floating bamboo clip together flooring?

I'm using walmanite 3' by 5' by 1/4" over an original Pine slate floor my grandfather put in. do i NEED to put some type of barrier like tar paper between them? there has never been a barrier and no ...
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How can I get replacement floorboards to match existing floorboards?

I've just moved into a 1930's house and have started work on restoring the original floorboards. I had to replace around one third in each room with new boards from a local timber yard. After sanding ...
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Can I use 1/4 inch cork to equalize floors before installing laminate flooring?

We are planning on installing laminate. We would like to install over top of the lino but there's a 1/4 inch difference between the kitchen and the living room flooring. I was wondering if using ...
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Is it possible to tell if the current floor is solid or engineered hardwood?

I am looking to replace the existing floor because I was told by the inspector that it is engineered and can't be sanded. But while I had the contractor came, he said it is solid which we can sand ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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Must bathroom linoleum be sealed and water tight?

I got new linoleum fitted in a bathroom. After only 2 weeks black marks appeared on it. I contacted the fitters who had done the work. They came out and found nothing wrong (in their eyes). I also had ...
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Will I be able to use the Unifix tool to repair a floating floor that was glued on the edges?

Our engineered floating floor was installed by a contractor who glued the edges. We now have some damaged boards in the center of the kitchen that I would like to replace. I have seen the Unifix tool ...
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Laminate flooring direction in large room

My room is 24x42 Estetically I'd like the planks to run long It's a good quality laminate that is floating I'm told that if I go long, it's too long and will require a seam. (Ugly!) So I'm advised ...
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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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Reattach carpet to one wall - looking for advice/suggestions

First off, some pictures of the carpet I am looking to re-stretch: I recently finished remodeling a bathroom, and in the process moved a wall, so in the adjacent room we pulled up the carpet along ...