For questions regarding various types of floor coverings in general, including hardwood and laminate board, tile, carpet, and sheet flooring (linoleum/vinyl). For questions about the structure beneath this top layer, please see the "floor" tag.

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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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Shall I undercut the drywall to let the baseboard cover the hardwood floor expansion gap?

I am going to replace my carpet with Engineered hardwood floor(the choice would be Kahrs floating installed floor). The problem I am facing is my baseboard is thin. It's not able to cover the ...
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How to make a Bevel Lap Splice joint, for connecting a portable floor?

I'm new to woodworking, and I've read that I could potentially create this joint using a table saw, jointer, or even a circular saw - but I do not want to rent/purchase one and find out that I can't. ...
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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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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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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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How can I remedy a slight bump underneath my new hardwood floor?

I recently installed some hardwood floor in my living room / kitchen. I'm very happy with the job I did except for one strip of hardwood. The problem is I can feel the some part of the sub-floor ...
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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 do I pre-treat and stain my hardwood floors a dark color?

I'm about to embark on my first floor-refinishing adventure and I'm jumping in the deep end — not just refinishing, but also staining. And not just staining, but staining a light wood pretty dang ...
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Should I peel off the top layer of vinyl in preparation for tiling?

I'm preparing my kitchen floor for ceramic tile. Currently it's a sheet of vinyl(linoleum?). The plan was to sand off any gloss and tile over it. I was going around the edges picking off any loose ...
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Which tile cutter to use for commercial flooring tiles?

I am putting (vinyl?) commercial flooring tiles in one of my hallways. The product I've seen one guy (pro) use at a supermarket once was this: Now, that baby is $200+. I was wondering whether the ...
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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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Hole in the floor

I bought an older house and it has a rectangle hole in the living room. It is covered with the register and it looks like an intake. I don't fully think it was used as an intake as the furnace is on ...
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How do I ensure my first row of hardwood flooring is straight?

Still preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring. I'm a little tentative (overly cautious according to the wife) about getting started. I've done a lot of ...
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What kind of thinset should I use on porcelain?

I found some porcelain tiles that look like the wood planks, they are 6x24 and I am having trouble figuring out what kind of thinset and trowel I should use.
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Starting row of laminate flooring

Just wondering how to start the 1st row of laminate flooring. I have a door to deal with right off the bat. Wondering which is the better option (see diagram). This diagram is not to scale. The wall ...
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Does cork flooring underlayment have to be glued down?

I'm finally getting around to installing an engineered floating floor in our living room. It's 1/2" thick. I am looking at using 1/4" cork underlayment underneath such as this from Home Depot. It ...
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What can I do about a toilet drain pipe that is too high above the floor?

My toilet drain pipe protrudes about 1/3" above the floor, and makes the toilet wobbly. What can I do to fix this?
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What type of sub-floor is suitable for laminate flooring?

I'm planning to put laminate type of floating flooring on a floor. The floor has a sub-flooring of 3/4 inch planks and a sheathing of 1/4 inch plywood. I would like to remove the plywood because its ...
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How should I add new joists and flooring to a loft space?

First off, basic floor plan of the loft: Hard lines are the walls on the first floor underneath, joists on the first floor landing run left to right so does that mean the central wall running front ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I pour a concrete floor over a particle board subfloor?

I want to pour concrete over the particle board subfloor in my living room. I like the loom of stained concrete. We have a crawl space underneath. My question is what product do I use? How thick so it ...
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Can I use this drain in wood subfloor?

I am installing a drain in an upper floor laundry and had limited choices for floor drains. I picked up this "general purpose" drain. The only other option was a shower drain. It will be located ...
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Do I really need an expansion gap around the entire hardwood floor?

I'm preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring in my dining, and living rooms. Currently there is a wood transition piece between the dining room and kitchen, ...
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Subfloors and stairs

It seems to me that many people put subfloors in their basements (and other floors), but what do they do when it comes to the existing stairs? I'm code says that you can't have more than 3/8" ...
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Varnishing existing floorboards

We have just bought a 1930's house and it has already varnished floorboards but we want to darken the colour. Will we have to sand back and start from scratch or can we varnish on varnish?
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How do I flatten my uneven concrete floor?

We have an old Victorian house with a concrete floor throughout the ground floor. The ground floor is partitioned in two by a dividing wall and french doors. From the front of the house to the ...
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Is it OK to use solid oak flooring on top of a plywood subfloor in my shed?

I have leftover solid oak wood flooring that I'd like to use in my new shed, applied to a plywood base. We live where our winters are mainly rain.
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How do I make a fire break around our chimney?

We've purchased an older house built in the 70's, and one of the two chimney's lacks a fire break, meaning that you can see direct from the basement up into the second floor. There's a gap of ...
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How do I stretch carpet during reinstallation after replacing padding?

I pulled up some carpet that is in front of a door way in order to replace the padding underneath, but when I laid it back down there was a slight gap and now if you step right on it you can feel the ...
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How do I remove stuck-on stains from laminate flooring?

I recently bought a fixer-upper house that has light-colored laminate plank flooring. It would be really nice, if I could get it clean. It has stuck-on stains, like someone left melted ice cream on ...
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How do I install a range anti-tip kit into hardwood floor on concrete?

I'm preparing to install an anti-tip kit for an electric range. It's a piece of shaped metal designed to be bolted to the floor with two screws or bolts. The floor is hardwood (probably engineered) ...
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Should I try to remove backer board and leave the plywood subfloor in place?

Currently I have ceramic tile in the main hallways of my house. I am looking to replace this with hardwood flooring and will potentially be performing the demolition work myself to save money. I know ...
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what kind of transition strip do I need to use to transition from 1/8" vinyl tile in dining room to low pile carpet in adjoining living room?

what kind of transition strip do I need to join 1/8" vinyl tile in dining area to low pile carpet in adjoining living room area?
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How do I remove a stair tread under linoleum without damaging the linoleum?

I'm replacing some old 1970s railing in between my kitchen and family room (there's a step down into my family room.) I ripped that out and exposed what looks like a stair tread that was ripped down ...
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How do I pull up sheets of plywood from the floor?

I have ripped up the carpet in the master bedroom and found that between the sheets of plywood there is cold air blowing in because part of the floor is over the garage. I want to pull up the nailed ...
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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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Where can you find out how repetitive the patterns of a particular laminate floor are?

We are interested in installing laminate floors from the Quick-Step brand. Of course, for a laminate floor to feel "natural", there needs to be enough "variation" between sheets/planks so that the ...
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Should I install floating solid bamboo flooring?

I have been looking at flooring choices for my new home. The house currently has carpeting on the upper story and a cheap laminate floor on the ground floor. I'm planning on replacing both. I've been ...
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Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?

I am in the process of adding some plywood decking to the floor of part of my attic, which is built from webbing-style trusses. In the picture below, the cross-brace marked with yellow arrows is a ...
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Is there a permanent fix for my hardwood floor buckling?

I have a hardwood floor that was built on a slab; I fixed the buckle nicely once already, now the buckle is back. What do I have to do to permanently fix this problem?
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Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?

So my flooring in almost done, I have about 99% of it installed. The only problem is that the gap between the last board and the wall is only 1 1/2 inches. Is my only option really to cut down these ...
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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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When installing hardwood floor which room should I start with?

Below is the layout of my ground floor. I would like to redo the hardfloor. The old one is still in place, the house was built in 58 and I beleive that the floor was never replaced so it is about the ...
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Can floor tiles be installed on walls?

I am building a home and would like to install floor tiles on wall also, please let me know if it possible to install floor tiles on walls?
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Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor

I moved into my home in May 2013 and had the Oak Flooring sanded and re-treated as it was a bit stained from previous owners (the flat is only 5 years also thought so the floor isn't very old at ...
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What is open time, working time for adhesive?

Most floor adhesives specify open time and working time. The instructions on the can of glue do not spell out the meaning of these terms. Looking on the Internet yields ambiguous results. To my best ...
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How far apart should timber joists be for an MDF floor?

Background I am starting my first serious DIY project - converting our garage into a playroom for the kids. The garage floor is concrete. My plan is to run timber (Sawn Kiln Dried Timber (L)3000 x ...
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Can I install sheet vinyl flooring in a basement that gets wet on occasion?

Our basement is usually dry, but every so often we have torrential rainstorms in the spring and we are downhill from our neighbors. We get some water overnight in a small stream that we can mop up. ...