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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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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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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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Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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How to remove tar left over from old floor carpet?

Redoing bathroom floors and under the tiles there was really old carpet. I was able to remove the upper layer of it, but there is a tar-like substance stuck on the wooden floor that is very difficult ...
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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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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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Ecologoic sealing “natural” stone floor indoors (impregnation)

I just finished to lay out natural stone tiles and was about to put on a chemical sealer I brought along with the stones (see this French product site, sorry, I can't find an english page), when I ...
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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Click vinyl on basement floor with drain

I have a basement with a grade leading to a drain in the floor. The previous owner added a wall over the drain and put self-levelling cement on one side of the wall, over top of existing linoleum ...
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Porcelain vs ceramic tile for the whole house

I am in the process of installing new floor in my house. I have been told by a friend that porcelain tile is a lot harder and more durable than ceramic tile and therefore better. Another friend told ...
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Is this a scuff on my hardwood floor? How can I fix it?

We've tried using a whole bunch of wood cleaning products for this and similar marks on our floor, but nothing seems to work. What exactly am I dealing with here and how can I fix it?
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Is grout required when installing luxury vinyl tile flooring?

My wife and I are redoing two bathrooms. My wife hates ceramic tile due to mold issues here in the South Eastern US and generally not liking the grout which requires frequent cleaning and resealing. ...
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Can I repair the floor in the water heater closet with an old street sign?

Can I use an old aluminum road sign as a replacement floor for my hot water heater closet? The old floor is rotten and has some give to it right where a portion of my hot water heater sits, and my dad ...
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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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Trapdoor: which first, frame or floor?

I'm installing a trapdoor to provide easier access to the basement. This is the first step in a kitchen renovation so I've also taken up the laminate flooring. The hole for the trapdoor is already ...
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Can I install used hardwood flooring?

I'm looking to install recycled hardwood. During the demo most of the bottom part of the grooves has been broken off. Will the effect how well it will stay down after it's installed?
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Tongue groove wood flooring - oops, I cut them both off

I am installing strand-woven bamboo flooring. One end is grooved, the other has a tongue. Typically, I cut the tongue side to width and use that at the start of my row. Then I add a full-length ...
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How to improve garage floor look and color?

Here is a image of my garage floor. Hi-Res Link This is after a professional high pressure water cleaning contractor that used degreaser and bicarb soda chemicals to try to rid the floor of oil ...
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Second floor leveling question

I have just recently purchased a business that has a large house on the property built in the 20's. Over time due to settling and likely some botched repairs the floor on the second floors slopes ...
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What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?

I've seen two distinct cases. In the house I currently live in, the largest room in the basement has a floor that is uneven. Basically it dips lower towards the middle of the room. I presume this is ...
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Methods for dampening condo floor noise?

I recently purchased a top level condo with floating bamboo floors. My HOA doesn't have any rules around hardwood floor installation and I think that whoever installed these floors didn't put a very ...
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Bathroom floor - what should I do?

I am renovating my bathroom. Previously the plan was to replace the old floor with new floor tiles. But after some investigation, it's too much effort for its worth. So now I am thinking more along ...
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How can I modify floors, walls, ceilings and furniture in a reversible way?

I am renting an apartment starting next month and I am not satisfied by some of its floors, walls and even ceilings. Also, both kitchen and bathroom are already set-up with basic furniture, i.e. ...
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Which way do you run hardwood flooring to make the room look bigger?

Our living room is 15 wide by 16 long, which way should we run the hardwood to make the room look bigger? I don't know if the colors matter but just in case it does, the walls are a beige color and ...
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What type and thickness of glass to use for floor over stairs?

We have created a new loft room and over the already built stairs, the covering over the deepest part of the stairs is a plywood covering. I would like to replace this with glass that will be tough ...
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How to tell if a carpeted floor is level enough for laminate flooring?

We want to install laminate flooring in our family room, and had someone out to measure the room and bid on the job. He claims that there's a hump in the floor that makes it impractical to install ...
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How to raise a wooden floor to same height as adjoining concrete floor before carpetting?

I have a room which has a concrete subfloor on one side, and wooden floor boards on the other. Unfortunately the wooden floorboards are about 1.5cm lower then the concrete. What's the best way to ...
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How can I remove excess commercial flooring tile adhesive?

I just covered the floor of my small indoor storage room with Armstrong commercial flooring tiles. I used the proper adhesive for the application that I got in the same department at the big box ...
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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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How should I prepare a sub-floor for porcelain tile?

I am removing a laminate tile floor. There looks to be 2 layers of 3/4" Plywood as the sub-floor. Do I remove 1 layer of Plywood and install 1/2" concrete board or leave the plywood and install 1/4" ...
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Must bathroom linoleum be sealed and water tight?

I got new linoleum fitted in a bathroom. After only 2 weeks black marks appeared on it. I contacted the fitters who had done the work. They came out and found nothing wrong (in their eyes). I also had ...
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Will I be able to use the Unifix tool to repair a floating floor that was glued on the edges?

Our engineered floating floor was installed by a contractor who glued the edges. We now have some damaged boards in the center of the kitchen that I would like to replace. I have seen the Unifix tool ...
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How can I transition between rooms when refinishing hardwood floors?

I'm planning to rent a sander and refinish the ugly floor that is the darker floor in the photo. I'm also planning to pull up the carpet which has nice hardwood under it in good shape (no refinishing ...
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Can I support a fiberglass tub with a layer of 1" thick foam board between a concrete subfloor and mortar base?

I'm trying to maximize the headroom in my basement shower. I originally planned on placing the tub on top of the subfloor and sleepers that make up the rest of the floor, but then I realized I can add ...
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How can I seal a slate floor for long term protection?

I've recently purchased a house in Philadelphia which has a pretty humid basement split into a finished part, and an unfinished (workshop) part. The finished part has a slate floor that seems in ...
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Cover old ugly floor in a rented apartment?

We have to move to an old rented apartment, the floor looks terrible (it's green! and that's the original color!!). How can I hide the shame? I'm looking for the cheapest solution possible (ANYTHING ...
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Replacing floor boards, then sanding and varnishing etc

We've recently bought our first house (yay!) and are looking to have exposed floorboards throughout. However I realise it's a big job and due to work etc I'll probably have to tackle this one room at ...
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How can I paint over a bitumen floor?

I have a terrace that has been recently covered with a bitumen based product (This one, if you can read german). My problem is that is black and it get's very warm during the day, making it ...
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Is plywood or dimensional lumber better for repairing notched joist?

During a recent remodel, I came across a 3 inch deep by 5 inch wide bottom notch in a 3x10 (the beams are that old!). I must say, i'm just a diy'er and even I was beside myself that someone would do ...
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How do I maintain a newly laid oiled floor?

I just bought an Emperor Oak Oiled Floor. The salesman of the reseller said it has been oiled 7 times with Woca oil but advises another coat once laid. Reading forums, opinion seems split: it's ...
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How can I remove laminate flooring from an oddly shaped hallway without destroying it?

I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" ...
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Why is this plywood missing the grades?

I went to Home Depot to find some 3/4" tongue and groove plywood for a flooring project and what I saw was this: RATED STURD-I-FLOOR 24oc T&G NET WIDTH 47-1/2" EXPOSURE 1 --282-- RS1-07 ...
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How can I modify a flooring transition so that perfectly fits the two surfaces?

I have several instances where two different types of flooring are bordering one another and almost always they are not even (e.g. 1/4" offset, give or take). A typical example is commercial flooring ...
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Does it make sense to paint floors prior to installing laminate flooring?

I am building a new home & am taken aback by all of the never ending dust. Does it make sense to paint the subfloors prior to installing the flooring, in order to seal the dust. We have swept ...
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Laminate to tile transition [duplicate]

I am laying my floor but I have a transition that I need help with, I am going from laminate to tile but the tile is much bigger. I have attached a drawing of the 2 different materials and I am ...
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Should I glue down sheet vinyl?

How does a person know if sheet vinyl is glue down or not my daughter bought it at a surplus store to save money it fells cushioned and is1/8th to3/16th inch thick
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How to smooth the separation between 2 hardboards on the floor?

When fitting hardboard on the floor (for gluing vinyl above it) there are obviously more than one piece of hardboard. Is it recommended to do something about the separation between the different ...
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what kind of floor tape can I put on my polyurethaned hardwood floors for spot re applying polyurethane.ng up

I have some areas on my new hardwood floors where the polyurethane needs to be redone. What kind of masking tape can be used to isolate the area that needs to be retouched without pulling up the ...
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How can I figure out where this water is coming from?

I have the situation where my shower piping is leaking underneath a tiled floor. This only occurs when the shower is running, suggesting a drainage issue. The pipe passes from the shower faucet ...