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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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How to remove floor adhesive from concrete?

The problem is aggravated by the presence of underlayment. When engineered hadrwood flooring was removed, some underlayment was removed with it, and some stayed glued to the floor. What is the best ...
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What to do if average gas usage increased by 30x but they say there is no leak?

Not sure if this is the right place, but figured you guys may have some answers/suggestion of what to do? My average hourly gas usage has increased by 30x suddenly and the company said they will send ...
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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 ...
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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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Polyurethane on hardwood floor dilemma

We were on our third coat of water based polyurethane on my hardwood floor and ran out. I went and grabbed a can and when I started putting it on I noticed a difference. It was oil based. The area now ...
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How can I seal this dryrot spot to prevent it from getting worse?

Our bathroom shower door leaks onto the outside floor and over time, this has caused a dry rot patch on the floor. It's not necessarily severe but there's some mild "give" and I want to prevent it ...
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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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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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What type of squeegee should I use when oiling a floor?

I have a pine wood floor I'm about to oil. The recommended procedure (according to the manufacturer) is: For about 5 boards at a time: Apply oil using a paint roller. Leave it wet for 5-10 minutes ...
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Is there an easier way to remove glued-down hardwood than hammer & pry bar?

In preparation for putting in a new hardwood floor, we've taken the existing laminate out and discovered what appears to be the original parquet hardwood floor underneath. The parquet squares are ...
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Preparation for laminate floor went south

So I've setup few laminate floors so far, and I'm no expert at this but this is what I like to do in my spare time. So I've got a condo in which there were carpets and I teared out those and all ...
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Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?

One of my smaller hallways is carpeted, for no highly obvious reason. That carpet is on its last legs, and I'd prefer a wood floor anyway. Taking a peek under the carpet, it looks like the surface ...
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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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What is a durable and affordable flooring covering for a shed?

The shed is a lifted a few inches and over gravel. It currently has plywood flooring. It is a very nice shed so I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a durable flooring to protect against ...
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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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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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What types of flooring can be used with electric radiant heat?

I am considering converting an old enclosed sleeping porch into a usable room year round (in Ohio). Currently the floor is a big slope to allow for drainage when it was still open, obviously I want ...
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New “Hardwood” Floor Layout

Redoing a big a portion of the first floor in our 1984 home. Need some advice on layout of floor planks. I understand the material we end up choosing will affect layout pattern, but for now we are ...
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Misaligned floor joist hangers

What is the best way to resolve an issue with misaligned floor joist hangers? Our flooring in the kitchen is starting to dip and sag and it is directly related to the fact that the floor joists are ...
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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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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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Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?

I'm installing laminate flooring in a bedroom next to a tiled hallway. I'm planning to have a standard expansion gap all the way around the room, but I'm stuck on how to do the doorway. I know the ...
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Is peel and stick vinyl tile flooring really waterproof?

I am installing these tiles in a bathroom mainly used my youngsters in a bath. When they inevitably splash water on the floor won't the seems in these tiles allow the water to pass through. I ...
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Sill plates (thresholds) before floor tiles or otherwise?

The contractor wants to install the granite sill plates now and later have the tiles installed. I heard from one granite fellow that the sill plates should be last. Is there any advantage for going ...
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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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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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Messy tile/wood floor transition (PICTURES)

I'm troubleshooting this transition between a new level floor on the right and an uneven tile (the tile in the front of the picture is about 1/2" higher than the tile in the back of the picture) floor ...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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How do I keep this polyurethaned oak floor in good condition?

I rent a heritage home and the polyurethane has been lightly wrecked, but also the wood is drying out from the dry weather and curling up and separating. I am extremely confused about cleaning and ...
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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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Do soft casters on rolling chars hurt hardwood floors?

Or should I just get a floor mat? Obviously I'd rather have the soft casters, if they do the job, but if they don't it's not worth it. What should I do?
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How do I repair my porcelain floor?

How can I repair chips in a white porcelain floor? The chips came from dropping heavy cans, and they are small, less than pencil eraser size.
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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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Can I begin installing laminate flooring in a hallway?

I am a new home buyer and I want to replace some carpeted areas with laminate. Especially where my dogs are already chewing at it. I can't afford to get all of the material at once. My question is ...
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Cheap solution to cease creking sound of parquet floor

I have parquet flooring in both of the rooms in my rental (block of flats). The problem is that they are laid down when these houses were built (~40 years ago), and when they did that, they didn't let ...
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Would tiling a basement floor provide any effective moisture barrier?

I'm about to undertake another basement remodel. With our first, we simply stained the concrete floor. We really liked the look of it. However, it still would bring in moisture at times. This time, ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...