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Can/Should I seal laminate “wood” flooring?

I bought a house with "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks are pressed wood with a wood print veneer. My agent was telling me that spills and moisture in the seams will cause the planks to swell ...
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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 remove tar left over from old floor carpet?

Redoing bathroom floors and under the tiles there was really old carpet. I was able to remove the upper layer of it, but there is a tar-like substance stuck on the wooden floor that is very difficult ...
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Can I use leveling compound between plywood and cement backer board?

I'd like to install slate tiles over a pre-existing plywood floor. The plywood floor is 3/4" and sits on joists. There's a dip about 3/8" deep by 2 feet wide by 5 feet long. My plan was to fill it ...
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Tiling over rolled roof

I have a walk deck made of rolled roofing material. When it rains it ponds in certain areas. Couple roofing companies looked at this, some suggested sealing the low areas with roof coating material ...
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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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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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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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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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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 planned ...
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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for floating vinyl plank flooring?

The floor of my laundry room was three layers of hideous vinyl flooring of various vintages, a layer of 3/4" plywood underlayment (to match the height of the vinyl to surrounding hardwood flooring) ...
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Is it practical to have a wooden floor installed in an apt in India?

I own a house in India. It is on the 3rd floor of an apartment. The floor of the apartment is all concrete with tiles on it. Having lived in the US for a few years now, I have come to like the ...
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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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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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How to repair subfloor softened by water damage

My kitchen floor has developed a soft spot in front of the sink. While we have no water leak at this time a few years ago the dishwasher leaked a bit of water on the floor because of a bladder crack. ...
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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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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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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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how to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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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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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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How can I seal this dryrot spot to prevent it from getting worse?

Our bathroom shower door leaks onto the outside floor and over time, this has caused a dry rot patch on the floor. It's not necessarily severe but there's some mild "give" and I want to prevent it ...
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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 is that new Rubber Flooring type?

Somebody told me about a different laminate that is actually made from a type of rubber/plastic. what is the product called and what are the pros/cons over conventional laminate flooring.
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How do I fix a squeaky carpeted floor given that scored screws don't help?

My flooring--second story, carpeted--squeaks. I tried the scored screws solution answered in this question. I covered the entire room and adjacent hallway with scored screws on all the joists, every ...
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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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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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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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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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Can porcelain tiles be installed over ceramic tiles?

We have a large portion of our house with ceramic flooring which is now looking very old fashioned. It has large grout lines (3/8 inch) which are white and almost impossible to keep clean. We do not ...
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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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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 50-...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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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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Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra

I am tiling a basement bathroom that is 5 feet by 6 feet. It has a crack running the entire length of the bathroom as well as a small hairline crack near the toilet. I've read that Ditra is the best ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to 'remove' blackened water-stain from hardwood floor?

We have several large (3' x 6') blackened areas on our hardwood floor where water damage occurred. This discoloration goes deep. Our goal is to sand the floors and apply a clear coat, but we first ...
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Wood vs Laminate Flooring

I am changing my carpet to laminate/wood flooring. I was told laminate is more durable and better on the budget. I have been in homes and businesses since deciding to do this and when walking on the ...
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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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Repairing gaps between bamboo lock and click floor boards

There are several boards with gaps. Some of the boards are uneven. We want to pull the boards together to create one larger gap to put a shim into. When installed the boards were glued together. How ...
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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 ...