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Can I install sub floor over carpeting?

Part of my basement has carpet laid 25 years ago The area is dry: never a water, mold or odor problem. We tested a small area and it was a nightmare to remove the glue from the concrete. We are ...
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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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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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What are our options for carpeting the basement of a split-level house?

The basement level of our house (1/2 below grade) is currently just vinyl tile on concrete slab. It's cold during the winter, so we would like to carpet it. We do not get water penetration through ...
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Is this fungus? What should I do about it?

I've pulled up the masonite and tiled floor in my laundry and there's cleary water damage in the floorboards, I just pushed a chisel all the way through the worst part. The adjacent two floorboards ...
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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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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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What size expansion gap should I leave between my wall a hardwood floating floor?

How much space to leave between wall and hardwood floating floor? This is a unique floor. Each board is solid bamboo (never thought I'd say that) but they snap together the same way that an engineered ...
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How can I stop PVC decking from squeaking?

We recently installed a TimberTech deck using all-PVC flooring. They use a clip fastening system (non-nail and non-screw)that recommends the floor joists be spaced for 12 inches on center, if ...
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How should I build a raised subfloor for my basement bathroom?

I've ripped out the bathroom in my basement that was finished by the previous homeowner. I'm now rebuilding, and curious to the most correct way to go about this. The whole basement was finished ...
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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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Should I install a wall before or after hardwood floor installation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Frame or floor planks first? I am building a small wall between two rooms. The existing flooring was carpet, which I have removed. I plan to install a floating floor ...
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Identify part underneath chest

I am trying to find the name for the following part. This is underneath a chest that permits it to be moved effortlessly. I am trying to find this part to replace as they are pretty worn.
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What preparation is required for tiling over poorly laid floor boards?

4" hardwood floor boards mounted on a poorly-designed frame made out of whatever wood the constructor had lying around it seems. There's a lot of bounce, some boards even drooping 1/2" when walking on ...
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Replacing a split tread on an old staircase

We have an old staircase (1900s) and after removing the carpet, before we get the new one fitted, we noticed that one of the corner steps has a lengthways split right down the middle: How easy ...
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The carpet on my stairs is worn. Should I repair it or just remove it?

In our house the second floor and the stairs to them have carpet over top of old hardwood floors (installed by previous owner). The carpet is wearing out, particularly on the stairs where it has come ...
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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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What type of underlayment should be used when installing engineered floors?

I'm going to install floating engineered wood floor in a 3rd floor condo. It has plywood subfloor. My biggest concern is the noise of walking on the floor that people below me will suffer. My ...
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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 do I roughly cut linoleum to room width?

So far I had to replace linoleum twice and each time it was a room of something like slightly-more-than 3 meters by slightly-less-than 3 meters. Linoleum is usually cut to length at a shop and then ...
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How to deal with a dishwasher height issue without tearing out cabinetry when installing flooring?

The house I purchased has nice new cabinetry and counter tops but cheap flooring. We plan to install 3/4" wood flooring (already purchased) but learned that installing the flooring would make it so ...
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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 to install linoleum floor under carpet?

I am replacing an old linoleum floor in my bathroom (replacing it with just another linoleum floor). It looks like the current linoleum floor was installed prior to the carpeting and the edge by the ...
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How do I remake my floor using hardwood such that it will not squeak at all?

I have carpet in my bedroom that when you walk on certain spots makes lots of noise. I am tossing the carpet and putting down hardwood flooring. I am using 3/4 in prefinished oak in widths of 3 1/4 ...
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Will installing an OSB floor in the attic create moisture problems?

I installed some new OSB flooring in my attic. The area it covers is about 160 sq. ft. The total area of the attic is about 750 sq. ft. There is just blown fiberglass up there, and there is no vapor ...
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Humidity Level for Bamboo Flooring

What are appropriate humidity levels for bamboo flooring post-installation? I've heard that most hardwoods are good between 35-50% humidity but have been unable to locate anything specific to bamboo.
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Should I install hardwood flooring under my kitchen cabinets?

I'm doing a total kitchen renovation with solid hardwood flooring. Do I go hardwood all the way under the cabinets to the wall or stop just past the toe kick and finish the rest with ply of the same ...
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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 install new flooring on top of the existing hardwood floors?

I have some 30 y.o. hardwood floor (parquet type) that is overall in decent shape (firm, no squeaking, even, etc.). I'd like to install new hardwood floors, and my contractor says that new floor can ...
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Where should the floor transition from tile to carpet go?

I have 2 rooms planned, one will be tiled and the other will be carpeted with a door opening between them. Where should the tile stop and the carpet begin? In the figure below I have 3 different ...
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How do I use a floor nailer near the wall?

I have the floor nailed down in the entire room , except for the last seven courses. The pneumatic floor nailer can't get any closer than that without the mallet hitting the wall. Do I really have to ...
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How can I remove a plank from the middle of the field?

My attic has tongue and groove planking down as the floor, and I need to do some work up there. I'd like to only remove a couple planks in the middle of the field, rather than pulling up half the ...
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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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Floor joists connection to eaves

Apologies if this is a duplicate. I'm attempting to floor my loft space. It currently has 47mm x 75mm ceiling joists, not enough for a floor. I am going to add something like 47mm x 200mm along ...
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Is slate tile suitable for exterior flooring in a colder climate?

My brother-in-law lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, and is thinking about putting slate tiling down on the front deck. However, he's getting conflicting opinions, one place is saying that it will ...
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How do you build a “wet room” style bathroom floor?

20 years ago I lived in Sweden, and remember that the bathroom was designed with floors that could tolerate a lot of water. There was a tub & shower head but no shower curtain. The floor sloped to ...
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Will my warped(cupped) oak flooring flatten out after it dries?

I have a refrigerator sitting on a solid oak floor with a plywood underlay/subfloor that had the ice maker line break and the water got under the flooring and it is cupped now about 4 feet square on ...
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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 to replace just a few boards in hardwood floor

I want to replace a few boards in our pre-finished bamboo hardwood floor. After i take the damaged boards out and put the new boards in, how do i get the last board in? How do i get the existing floor ...
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Do I need to do more prep work on this cement floor before putting in new tile?

In my basement i have a poured concrete floor, and we're re-doing the bathroom down there. It used to have Vinyl flooring, and we ripped it all up. The top vinyl part came up easily, but it left a bit ...
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What height of insulation should I use between joists in 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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How should we sand and treat our Victorian floorboards?

We have recently bought a new house, well a new old house. It dates from 1900, we have taken the carpet up ad are now looking to sand back the exposed original floorboards. We plan on giving the ...
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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. ...
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What to look for in buying laminate flooring

We are beginning to look at replacing the floors in our home and are considering laminate flooring. We are wondering if there is a difference in type and quality, especially when pricing is concerned. ...
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How do I repair a nick in vinyl floor?

We had some recent work done on our house and it appears that one of the workers nicked the vinyl flooring in the kitchen -- resulting in a circular gash about 3/4 inch wide. Here's a picture: ...
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Fixing Curling Vinyl Flooring

I have vinyl flooring in the bathroom that has started to curl up a bit at the edge. It was suggested to me that I use contact cement to fix it. The problem is that there is not enough curl to allow ...
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Can I use a paint pad to apply floor varnish?

I went looking in the shop for a lambswool pad to apply floor lacquer, but they didn't have one, so I bought an Anza paint pad. Can I use this to coat a floor? Should I try to find a proper lambswool ...
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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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How to make a second story floor fire proof?

I have a few bench burners on my second story house. While the dry wall has been replaced with a double layer of Type X 5/8 drywall with off-set sockets I worry the floor. Due to the layout of the ...
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Which is better for deck flooring: 2x6 or 1x6 deck boards?

My current deck flooring is done with 2x6x10' boards, however they have degraded to the point now where they need to be replaced. I'm wondering if there are any specific pros or cons for using the ...