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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 ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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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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Do I need to glue down linoleum flooring?

I am installing a new linoleum floor in a small bathroom (approx. 6' X 6'). This is a replacement for an old linoleum floor. The replacement will be a single piece. Talking with the local big box ...
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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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How to sound proof bedroom floor above garage door?

We live in an apartment building. Our two bedrooms are directly above the building's garage door. The opening and closing of the garage door disrupts the peace at home and sleep of my family. Since ...
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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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How can I replace a board in floating wood floor?

I have a condo with a concrete subfloor so I floated an engineered wood floor above it. It's not a "click-lock" floor, it's a glued T&G install. A contractor recently did some work in the unit ...
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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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Cheap solution to cease creking sound of parquet floor

I have parquet flooring in both of the rooms in my rental (block of flats). The problem is that they are laid down when these houses were built (~40 years ago), and when they did that, they didn't let ...
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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 ...
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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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Polyurethane on hardwood floor dilemma

We were on our third coat of water based polyurethane on my hardwood floor and ran out. I went and grabbed a can and when I started putting it on I noticed a difference. It was oil based. The area now ...
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How can I create an “invisible” transition between different flooring types?

I am looking for a flooring transition for tile to hardwood, tile to laminate, and laminate to hardwood. I really do not like the transitions that are raised above the rest of the floor. All of the ...
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Installing floating floor and keep getting gaps

My sister and I are installing pergo max premier which is a new verison of their floating floor, my sister has installed 2 laminate floors before and this type is a lot thicker with less give and more ...
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Hardwood floor to french door transition

I am installing solid 3/4 inch hardwood flooring. How do I transition it to a french door. The height of the wood flooring and door threshold are the same, but there is no clearance for the door ...
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Would tiling a basement floor provide any effective moisture barrier?

I'm about to undertake another basement remodel. With our first, we simply stained the concrete floor. We really liked the look of it. However, it still would bring in moisture at times. This time, ...
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How do I fit a joist in this small space?

This is a follow on question from here: Floor joists connection to eaves Since this question, I have been told I need 8" joists for my span and I have exposed my eaves area to see what space I've ...
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Thin-set mortar advise

I was advised by Home Depot tech and bought a thin-set mortar VersaBond. Then, after I came home, I watched a Home Depot video on how to prepare my kitchen cement floor for laying on a 13.5" X 13.5" ...
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Retrofitting a sloped bathroom floor

Current Situation I have a ground-floor bathroom (2.1m x 2.7m) with a level concrete base which has a smooth finish with some type of self-levelling aggregate. At present the concrete is covered with ...
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Leveling wood floor for laminate wood floor

I am laying down some laminate wood floor this week in my house over some older wood plank flooring. I was just going to put roofing paper down and then some foam style underlayment Home Depot ...
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new laminate flooring over existing hardwood, what underlayment should be used?

We're redoing the flooring in the whole house. We have existing hardwood which is in decent shape. a few scratches here or there that could probably be fixed. No buckling or anything. Maybe one or two ...
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Reclaimed floor boards vs roof boards: what's the difference?

I'm looking for some reclaimed pine floorboards to match the floor they'll be helping fix. This place (for example) lists both reclaimed floorboards and roof boards— is this the same thing? Could I ...
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Quick flooring for uneven floor

We're having an HVAC unit replaced. The unit has been removed and the contractor is coming back Monday to start installing the new unit. We'd like to do something about the terrible floor that is in ...
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What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts?

What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts? I want to buy treads, risers, newels, balusters, but Home Depot and Lowe's don't have much of a selection. Are there better types of stores that ...
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How can I restore the color of my Trex deck after sanding?

We have Trex Deck on a screened in porch. I resorted to sanding a couple of spots to get rid of stains, left when the cat upchucked his food. Now those spots are darker than the rest of the flooring ...
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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?

We removed a wooden dance floor that was glued to concrete with liquid nails. How do I remove the liquid nails that is all over the concrete floor? Has anyone had success with heat, mineral spirits ...
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Do DRIcore panels need to be flat?

I want to install carpet tile over DRIcore on my concrete basement floor. The floor is far from flat; I would guess at least an inch or two of overall variation. Do I need to ensure the floor is ...
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Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?

I have bare concrete floor that was, until recently, covered with carpet. After recently seeing a friend of mine purchase raw pine, shape the tongue-and-groove himself, and seal it to achieve a ...
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My vacuum(s) cannot be pushed on my newly installed carpet

We just had Innovia carpet (Carpet One) installed and when my wife tried to vacuum she could not push the vacuum over the carpet, seemed to suck up into the vacuum. This was a Shark. She then tried ...
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What to do if average gas usage increased by 30x but they say there is no leak?

Not sure if this is the right place, but figured you guys may have some answers/suggestion of what to do? My average hourly gas usage has increased by 30x suddenly and the company said they will send ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...
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Kitchen flooring

If I get new kitchen cabinets and linoleum flooring and a new dishwasher should I put the linoleum under the cabinets and dishwasher first.
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How do I fill a wide gap between tile and other flooring / sill plate?

I recently installed 16" porcelain tile in a new laundry room addition. As luck would have it, the room ended up being the same width as 4 tiles, so I had to do very little cutting to complete the ...
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Should I put a moisture barrier under tile on a basement floor?

I bought porcelain tile for my basement.. Should I put Ditra down in order to prevent any moisture? Is there a cheaper way? I had tile put in the other room and there is white powder that comes up ...