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Finishing Attic Floor (Joists Blocking / Insulation)

I moved into a house built in the 1920's several months ago that has a finished attic where the former owner's two teenage boys were living. I want to go from the old ratty carpeting to nice floor ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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How can I cut a floorboard while it's still nailed down?

I have a 130 year old house with original floorboards made of 1+1/4 inch thick pitch pine (much, much tougher than today's cheap pine - it's like steel). There's a section of floorboard that's been ...
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Should I nail, and glue my hardwood flooring?

Well since I'm waiting for an answer on my first hardwood floor question I might as well throw my second question out there too. I’m face nailing my new hardwood flooring (Tasmanian Blackwood 19mm x ...
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How do I obtain a smooth, white floor?

I'd like to obtain a smooth, seamless, a bit shiny, white floor in an apartment. Something similar to this: How can I achieve this? I was thinking about epoxy flooring. Is that the correct route to ...
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Best way to build floor above blacktop

I am wanting to finish out my garage into a living space. The garage is a converted carport and the ground is still blacktop, despite there being walls up around it. What's the best way to handle the ...
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Time estimate for flooring, painting, closets, trim of 1500 SF home [closed]

I recently received a time estimate from a potential contractor for renovating our 1500 SF 3BR apartment home. Here are the major items: Remove existing hardwood floor Install new solid wood floor ...
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Laminate flooring direction in large room

My room is 24x42 Estetically I'd like the planks to run long It's a good quality laminate that is floating I'm told that if I go long, it's too long and will require a seam. (Ugly!) So I'm advised ...
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What kind of board is this, and where can I get some?

I have some tongue and groove floorboards from a bathroom. They measure 0.83" thick and are probably about 90 years old. Where can I get some boards that are equally thick? Tongue and groove is a ...
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How can I calculate the effects a floor coverings thermal conductivity will have on my heating costs?

We are choosing between laminate and plastic flooring over water based underfloor heating (heat pipes laid in the screed floor over thick concrete). Laminate floorings have a thermal resistance of ...
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buckling harwood floors

Tongue & groove, solid hardwood flooring by Bruce. Glued down to concrete slab as suggested by Home Depot. One large area of floor now buckling, with several other hollow sounding areas. How can ...
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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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Bamboo floors with cats and dogs

We are purchasing a place and one of the things we are looking at doing is replacing the carpet downstairs with something more wood like. I say wood like because of pets and the damage they can do to ...
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using hardie backer as a temporary floor?

We are planning on tiling our kitchen when we finish our remodel, but can't do it now. Floor needs to be replaced due to water damage, so has anyone ever heard of using hardie backer as a temporary ...
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Odor proofing floor

I have a problem with the downstairs flat and cigarette smoke faintly coming up through the floor. Its pretty nasty, we have had a word and its got better but there is still a faint smell. We have ...
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How do I fix bubbles under linoleum flooring?

We put down a sheet 12X9 of linoleum in our kitchen and it went under the new cabinets and baseboard. The flooring depot said no glue was needed. Well now we have bubbles, a great big one and several ...
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How can I cover the expansion gap for flooring near patio doors?

I'm putting in a bamboo floor and have a 20mm expansion gap around the entire floor. Against walls I will cover the gap with baseboards but what is the best way to hide the gap otherwise? One side of ...
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How do I repair terrazzo floors?

I just bought an older house and it has terrazzo floors the whole way through. The previous owner installed carpet using tack strips that were nailed to the floor, instead of using contact cement, so ...
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Is there any way to reduce UV fading on a hardwood floor?

I've seen a lot of old hardwood floors where the owner moved a rug that had been there for years, and the wood under the rug was noticeably brighter, having been shielded from UV degradation. Is there ...
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Fix creeky old wooden floor

The duplex I live in was built around the 1920s and still has the original wood floor but its very creeky and the neighbors downstairs are always complaining so I'd like to fix it. I'm wondering if ...
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What's the difference between “Wood Filler” and “Floor patch & Smoothing Compound”?

I'm getting ready to repair a small dry rot spot in my bathroom floor and am conflicted on which product to use. When I visited my local big box store, they had a couple options: 1) High ...
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Asbestos between floors

I have a layer of white paper or cardboard like material houses between the subfloor and a layer of wood on top. The stuff crumbles pretty easy. I do not intend to demo the floor or anything so my ...
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Should I install a floating floor or a staple down for engineered hardwood?

I would like to to put down a DRIcore subfloor over my on grade concrete slab floor and then install engineered hardwood flooring on top of it. Should I staple the flooring to the DRIcore and if so ...
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Slope floor to create tension in wood

My house sits on 42 wood posts. I adjusted at each post to induce a 1/4 % slope (1/4" per 96") for tension 12 years ago. Cold winters cause movements...cracks walls (fixable). External posts that ...
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Is it okay to store bamboo flooring in the garage before installation?

I just purchased some Cali Bamboo strand bamboo from a local installer that arrived yesterday. The installer was here to receive it (I was at work) and stacked it in the garage, boxes unopened. The ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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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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Do I need a moisture barrier between sub floor wolmanit and engineered floating bamboo clip together flooring?

I'm using walmanite 3' by 5' by 1/4" over an original Pine slate floor my grandfather put in. do i NEED to put some type of barrier like tar paper between them? there has never been a barrier and no ...
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What concerns should i have about moving into a 100-year-old nj farmhouse? [closed]

The house was lived in and well-kept up til 5 years ago when my grandfather passed away. There's no three-prong outlets except in the kitchen; i have a gaming pc pulling 750 watts or so, plus ...
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Is fan fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood?

Is fan-fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood? It is being used as a leveler from one floor level to another.
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Replacing filler in hardwood floors

My new apartment has a wooden floor laid in it, but there are a number of places where the larger knots have been filled in with some kind of filler that is black. The timber is tallowwood (quite pale)...
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Floor advice - gaps, leveling, sound improvements and materials

I am a new homeowner and thus new avid DIY enthusiast :) We recently had a new radiator installed and relocated, and had to remove all the existing materials. This is what I discovered (see image) ...
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Can particleboard subfloor be used as a nail base for 3/4" solid wood strip flooring?

Question: Has anybody out there laid solid oak strip floor over a 3/4" particle board subfloor and lived to tell about it? Basis for question: I did a search on SE and all answers point to pulling ...
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When to use concrete plasticizer

When should one use a concrete plasticizer? Should it be used for internal floor slab?
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How can I remedy moisture intrusion from my concrete slab?

We bought a house a little over a year ago. The old carport had been converted into a den. It had musty, dirty carpet, so we ripped it out. A big problem we ran into is that we live in west Tennessee ...
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How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

I have a laminate "click together" flooring and some of the board have separated. If I kick my foot on some of the boards, I can scooch some of them together. However, its not very effective. Is ...
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laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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What's the minimum subfloor thickness required for hardwood flooring?

I have a concrete slab and want to put 3/4 wood flooring on top. I'm going to lay a plywood subfloor and want to know if 1/2 inch plywood is good enough. I plan on nailing down the wooden floor.
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Will the door I wish to build last using my method?

I am new to this forum and am glad to now be a part of what seems like a knowledgeable friendly community. I have a question about a method I used to make my front door. The reason I am asking is that ...
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What should I do if a new cabinet is smaller than the old one?

I want to change my bathroom cabinets, but need ideas for floor. If I leave the same tile and the new cabinet footprint doesn't match the old, then there will be a portion of the floor exposed with no ...
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is there a trick to installing “lock and fold” flooring?

I am doing a small installation of lock and fold flooring and find that the pieces don't want to sit flat, they curve up from the floor somewhat. I am tempted to push harder on them, but don't want to ...
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Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor covering (like tile)?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA Do subfloors in bathrooms require any special sealant or moisture barrier prior to adding standard floor coverings (like tile)? I know walls need a covering and ...
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How do I fill drilled holes on a concrete floor and won't make it look fresh and blend it with existing floor?

I want to try hiding a drilled hole as much as possible on a concrete floor. I will fill the holes, but it's obviously visible. I don't want it to look fresh. Is there anything I should do before hand ...
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Are there any special considerations for installing laminate on a 2nd floor?

I have installed a lot of laminate in 1st floor rooms, with concrete subfloors. No issues there. Now I'm installing in a second floor bedroom in a townhouse. Before I rip up carpet Im checking to see ...
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Can you use casing molding for baseboard molding?

I am curious if there are any reasons not to use a casing molding (typically used for doors or windows) as base molding along the floor? The casing molding is made out of pine which seems to be used ...
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Can I install engineered hardwood over laminate flooring?

My floor has two layers of laminate flooring and the first layer is partially removed around the edges of the kitchen cabinets and walls. The top layer is glued down very well and I'm wondering if I ...
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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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Staining and varnishing a new floor board to match the rest of the floor

Recently removed a wall between our lounge and dining rooms to create a nice big open space. I installed new raw floor boards in the hole where the wall was. The new floorboards are the same timber (...
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How to correct possible subfloor l/360 deflection under live load, when basement below is finished

Installing porcelain planks 6"x 36" with 11mm thickness, in main floor Living room that was previously carpeted. House is 2 story town, 13yrs old. Room size across W 18' x Length joist span of 11.8'(...
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Easiest, fastest, and most precise way to cut Ceramic Tile

I'm looking for a fast and precise way to cut precise pieces of ceramic tile. Any recommendations on tools with pros and cons would be appreciated. Thanks!