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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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What type of contractor would I hire to level a concrete floor?

I am doing some renovations, and I've recently uncovered an original concrete floor that I would like to have leveled for carpet to be installed. It's currently sloped from level with the adjoining ...
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How can I stengthen the durability of my newly installed engineered hardwood floor?

I have new engineered hardwood floors, Santamaria Hardwood Flooring. The veneer is very thin. Before I move in the furniture, I would like to apply polyurethane on my new floors. Can I simply apply a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why are the contractors leaving lambs wool fibers in my floor finish?

Contractors continue to leave wool fibers in the finish. They rebuff the floor and add another poly finish but still leave wool fibers. What are they doing wrong? They seem to think this is ok and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use double sided tape to install carpet on a concrete floor?

I'd like to put some indoor/outdoor carpet in a portion of my basement, however, I'd like to install it so that it's semi-permanent. Meaning, I don't want to use glue, nor do I want to use tack ...
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Does all wood glue need to be removed from a cement floor to use thinset to seat ceramic tile?

Does all wood glue need to be removed from a cement floor to use thinset to seat ceramic tile? We've chiseled it smooth with an air tool. If the old wood cement was water-based will thinset set?
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Should I wax or polyurethane an old pine floor?

I found another question that sort of asks this, but the answers don't provide any detail. We bought a 1918 house in somewhat rough shape. The second floor (with two bedrooms and a nursery when ...
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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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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 do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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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 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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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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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!
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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 repair the damage to this wood floor?

We just moved into a new house, and the flooring in the entrance and kitchen is a little beat up. I am not sure if it is hardwood or laminate flooring. There are some spare boards in the attic ...
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Can/Should I seal laminate “wood” flooring?

I bought a house with "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks are pressed wood with a wood print veneer. My agent was telling me that spills and moisture in the seams will cause the planks to swell ...
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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. ...
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How to repair leak mould under bathroom floor tile?

The attached picture is a bathroom floor. The tile worked loose and on lifting it I found extensive black mould under it (killed and cleaned off it before the picture was taken with a mould killer ...