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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 can I remove carpet adhesive from hardwood floors?

We are doing some renovations to a home we just purchased. The carpet had hardwood flooring under two layers of carpet. The bottom layer of carpet was glued down by a dark amber colored adhesive. ...
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Is it common to caulk around the edges of vinyl tile instead of going underneath wood paneling?

I have a guy going into a rental unit of mine to put in vinyl tile. I told him specifically that I wanted it under the base of the wall's wood molding (similiar to this stuff). He was put off by ...
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Electric floor heat in basement without tile

I'm planning on putting electric floor heat in a daylight basement room which has a concrete pad. However, we don't like tile, so we'd like to use something else--preferably something that looks like ...
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How can I fill this gap between two areas of flooring

I have two half-inch gaps in the flooring in my kitchen. One between the kitchen and the living room (first image) and another between the kitchen and the outside door (second image)! at their ...
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Is underlayment necessary in a room over a garage?

It is my understanding that underlayment beneath laminate flooring reduces sound between floors, i.e. for the room below. Is there a functional purpose beyond reducing noise in the room below? I'm ...
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What are the pros/cons of installing floors before doors?

I've heard contractors say to install doors first then flooring, and others suggest the opposite. I'm installing new 3/4" prefinished flooring and new doors/closets (prehung wood/ primed white). What ...
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Do I need to put a second layer of damp proof membrane under my laminate flooring?

I'm attempting to lay some laminate flooring over a level floor made of screed. At the edges of the floor where it meets the wall I can see that under the screed it looks like the builder has already ...
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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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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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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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Newly framed bathroom wall not square, how bad will the tile look?

I'm in the middle of a new bathroom install and have hit a bit of a snag with a bathroom wall being out of square. This bathroom was just framed from scratch, and as you can see from the attached ...
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Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?

Just bought an old house. One half of the basement has a nice headroom. The floor is painted concrete, and is pretty uneven and ultimately slopes towards a floor drain. I'd like a nice floor. Can I ...
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Little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor

I have little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor. Can't even tell they are there from the picture... Maybe I'm looking at it too closely. These are my ...
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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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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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Is it recommended that 1/8 thick plywood be used as underlayment?

Redoing bathroom floor. After removing tiles and underlayment and linoleum, the floor that's left is decrepit, uneven, wavy, has some old plumbing holes. It is not rotted though, the wood is sturdy. ...
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Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?

My basement has been prone to getting water for many years before I bought the house. We're having the basement walls repaired (excavated outside) & sealed. So this problem should go away. The ...
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How do I seal a 4+ mm gap between skirting board and slate tiles?

I have a slate kitchen floor and wooden skirting on the walls around (no beading). At some points around the wall there are gaps of around 4 mm or more. I was thinking of simply stuffing paper in ...
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How do I fix bumps in carpet that only appear when it's warm and humid?

We put all new carpeting in our church worship area in 2007. The church is on a floating slab and in the summer when the humdity comes, we get serious bumps in the carpet. Some can be as long as ...
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How do you seal travertine floors?

I moved into a house with travertine floors. They appear to have been sealed and polished. I recently learned that travertine is highly porous. I recently noticed this tile where the seal appears to ...
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Is it a good idea to put 1/4" XPS under engineered floors?

We're pulling out the carpet in a room next to a room with hardwood floors. After removing the carpet and putting down the engineered floor, we'll be 1/4" short of the hardwood. Options: Use ...
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Plywood floor gets inexplicably wet, what could possibly be the cause? [closed]

House is on piers with insulation underneath. We had a plumber come look at it and he says he sees no pipes there, has no idea, cannot help. Every day there is about a 4 ftx4ft area of light water, ...
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Can I use tile sealant in place of grout?

We placed our tile in mortar using the recommended tool and it squished up higher than intended and dried in the grooves of the tile sides because I ended up in the ER at the time it was supposed to ...
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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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Can you lay ceramic/porcelain tile over existing mastic without grinding the floor?

We had a basement flood, and consequently had to rip out the vinyl floor tiles in our basement. The tiles were not asbestos (we had them tested). But after the tiles came up we discovered that they ...
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How should I install 5" white oak hardwood?

I live in Chicago and had heard that 5" white oak hardwood flooring needed to be both glued and nailed but I was also told that due to our extreme weather it should not be glued because when season ...
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What is the easiest way to tear out a bathroom subfloor?

We recently did some remodeling, and in the process, managed to hook up the toilet in the bathroom to the hot-water line. The trouble is, we discovered this fact after we had already put down the ...
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how critical are temperature and humidity when installing laminate floors?

We have a few dozen boxes of laminate flooring purchased a few weeks ago (Harmonics with Uniclic, if anyone's interested). These have been stored in an unfinished basement in central Minnesota, and ...
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How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
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What type of flooring can be used on a concrete slab?

I have a split ranch house in NY and the downstairs hallway and half bath / laundry room currently has vinyl tile on a concrete slab. I would like to cover the vinyl tile with a new floor. What is ...
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How long does radiant heat in a concrete floor last?

I am looking to purchase a home built in 1950 that has radiant heat with copper pipes inside the concrete slab foundation. The home has been vacant for a little while now too, not sure if that ...
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How do I finish my partially finished floor?

Ok here's the deal. I stained and poly'd the floor with 1 coat. I tried a floor buffer to sand after the first poly layer. Mistake.. the buffer was too strong. In a couple areas the buffer started ...
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How many “zones” should my underfloor heating system have?

We're putting underfloor heating in our new apartment. On top will be a wooden floor for most of the apartment, stone/tiles in bathrooms and probably also in part of kitchen. The constructor said ...
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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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How can I remove superficial pet urine stains from subfloor?

After removing the carpet from our bathroom closet, I found urine stains on the plywood sub-floor (serenity now). It sounds bad but the floors are quite sturdy so I'm reasonably certain that it's a ...
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Ideas for levelling partial flooring for kitchen furniture

My kitchen flooring consists of a click-type wood floor laid on top of an old vinyl layer, which again rests on concrete. After tearing down the previous owner's kitchen, I learned that the cabinets, ...
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What is the easiest way to measure an irregular floor space?

I would like to order a comfort mat for the floor of a small kitchen. The company can make it to order but I have to provide exact dimensions. This is harder that it sounds though as the floor space ...
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What tools should I use to remove the tongue and groove from floorboards?

I have a big pile of high quality tongue and groove floorboards that I would like to reuse as decking timber for a small-ish deck. The trouble is I don't quite know what the best tools to use would ...
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Do I need to put mortar between wood and backerboard on a mixed wood/tile floor?

We have a hardwood insert on our kitchen floor and we will be surrounding it with slate tile. Also the room next to the kitchen is all hardwood floor. Our heights are correct for the tile (with the ...
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How can I prevent water seeping up into my carpet?

I have a 300 year old cottage, and the carpet seems to have water marks on it around the edge. It smells badly. I am wondering if the water is coming up through the flooring. I have taken part of the ...
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Can I level floorboards with metal or rubber washers?

I am levelling some floorboards, with a view to painting them afterward and having a wooden floor. Previously there was a lot of scrap wood shims under there. Because these are only thin cheap wood ...
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Is there a “safe” sub-floor leveling compound?

I have some gashes in my sub-floor that I'd like to fill/level before placing laminate flooring down. Upon checking at my local home depot, I found some floor leveling compound but quite frankly, I'm ...
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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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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 ...
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Should I change all floors or only one?

I have two different type of flooring on my second floor. I have almost 30 sqm with dry pine flooring (four rooms), and 8 sqm with vinyl (one room). The pine planks are not nailed to the floor, I can ...
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Is it normal for subfloor to extend under walls? If so, how can I replace it?

I'm trying to replace some rotted subfloor in my guest bathroom. For some reason, I was expecting there to be an extra wide rim joist on the outside wall and that the floor would end right next to the ...
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What is the proper way to remove plywood subfloor?

I need to remove old plywood subfloor from a bathroom (the flooring above it is already gone). What's the preferred/proper way to remove it without damaging the floor joists? One of the methods I'...
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Do I attach kitchen cabinets when installed overtop of a hardwood floor?

I have heard about installing cabinets directly on top of a hardwood floor. How do you secure the cabinets? How do you secure an island? Do you screw directly into the hardwood?
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Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?

One of my smaller hallways is carpeted, for no highly obvious reason. That carpet is on its last legs, and I'd prefer a wood floor anyway. Taking a peek under the carpet, it looks like the surface ...