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laying hardwood floor in the basement over concrete and vinyl

I'm laying hardwood flooring in the basement, I was told that I can lay the wood over the vinyl but how do I level the vinyl is it true that I can use roof shingles?
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Defeating hardwood-marring kids and dogs by using hardwood that's already marred (distressed)

I want to replace carpet with hardwood, but have a dog and a kid, and have heard horror stories of them scratching and marring the pretty surface. So I'm considering a different approach: buying ...
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Hardwood floor refinish | correct / low cost finish?

I am refinishing wood floors on the smallest budget possible. I believe the wood is a red fir. It was installed in the late 50s and I think it has a worn layer of urethan. It has been under carpet for ...
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Glue underlayment to concrete: how long does it take to cure?

This question is related to another question I posted earlier. I glued FloorMuffler underlayment to concrete using Roberts Engineered Wood Flooring Adhesive. The instructions say "open time up to 20 ...
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What type of flooring will match my existing Brazilian Cherry engineered flooring?

I cannot find these engineered wood pieces for the 9'*5" gap in my living room that I need to fill. Since the ones out of the box would anyways be much lighter than what I have on the floor already, ...
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Should I use an epoxy finish on a high traffic hardwood floor?

We tried refinishing our very old hardwood floors last year but they haven't held up that well. The floor receives very heavy walking traffic. Perhaps two coats was not enough? We are thinking ...
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Should I carpet the stairs or install hardwood flooring first?

I will have hardwood on my first floor and carpet on the stairs and 2nd floor. My question is: regarding the transition, is it better to carpet the stairs first and then do the hardwood (as to avoid ...
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How to fill holes in Hardwood Floor, Large, Medium, and Small

The floors in this home are likely original from the 1920's. The lovely owners of the house before me did not care much as it was a rental, and we now have tons of paint and holes on and in the ...
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Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

In removing some old stair carpeting, I found this older black glue applied to hold the carpet padding in place. Does anyone have a recommendation on what type of material it is, and recommend on how ...
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Sound barrier in addition to moisture barrier for engineered hardwood flooring

The mfg. of my 1/2" engineered flooring recommends 15# felt moisture barrier, which I have and intend on using over my 3/4" t/g std. sub-flooring to which I have added 1/4" plywood underlayment ...
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Should I replace or refinish cupped hardwood flooring?

A few months ago, I had an insidious leak from an upstairs bathroom that caused cupping in the wood floors downstairs. It took a couple weeks to recognize and identify the leak, but once I did I ...
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How can I buff my hardwood floors without a machine?

My portable AC leaked some water and left behind some white stains on my hardwood floor. Over a few hours, they slowly began to disappear away, but the floor could use some touching up. I read that I ...
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What is involved in ripping out carpets and put in fake wood floors for an apartment floor overhaul?

I'm caught between living very frugally and hating cheapo, dirty carpets that spread wall-to-wall in every apartment I've ever leased. I'm probably handy enough to put in vinyl flooring myself, but ...
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Protecting old wood floor

I'm renting a place that has some exposed, faded, old wood floors. I want to do what I can to protect it from any further and perhaps spruce it up and make it look good in the process. I know that I ...
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Recommended floor protection when assembling Ikea furniture?

I'm completely new to DIY home assembly, but I'm planning to buy some Ikea furniture to furnish an apartment I just rented. I've read online that I should protect the floor (hardwood) when assembling ...
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Reparing hole in hallow part of hardwood floor

I have a house that is roughly 100 years old with hardwood floors. We purchased the house about 5 years ago and immediately got the floors resurfaced. Even before resurfacing the floors I noticed that ...
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How does hardwood floor acclimate to a location with variable humidity?

I've read in many places that hardwood flooring should be acclimated to the place it will be installed (e.g. Armstrong flooring). The local humidity here (Northeast US) regularly varies by 50-70% ...
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Is a NIOSH mask advised when sanding a fully dried hardwood floor?

I understand that a NIOSH mask is necessary if one is applying an oil-based polyurethane. Is a NIOSH mask needed or advised if one is sanding a hardwood floor with a polyurethane of unknown type, but ...
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How to flatten the sagging OSB subfloor?

I am preparing the subfloor to install engineered hardwood floor by floating installation. However, the subfloor is too much sagging. There is a big area with about 5/32 depth. See: The real ...
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How two install hardwood floors in a long room with a subfloor that has a plane change in the middle?

I'm installing 3/4 oak hardwood floors in a long room (45') and the floor is flat, with one exception. The house is a 100+ year old brick townhome with the back half built at a later date. Midway ...
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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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How do I cut a straight line in an installed wood floor for a flush mount HVAC vent?

At some point a previous owner installed hardwood flooring in my house. Nice. They did not however make a hole for the front entryway heating vent. The duct and duct outlet exists in the crawlspace ...
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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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Do freezing temperatures damage tung oil? Age?

I have some tung oil left over from the previous owner of our older home (a friend; yes, still a friend). I was thinking about using it to refinish some flooring in the house, but it's been stored ...
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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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New Hardwood Floors Chipping

I just bought a newly built house in Maryland and have been living in it for about three months. Most of the house has hardwood flooring that for the most part looks really good. However, I've found ...
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Oak stair landing joints splitting

We had stairs installed in August, but the landing oak seems to be splitting at its glued joint and looks unsightly. The fabricators have been out, tried to reinforce from below and filled the joints. ...
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Is this red oak or white oak hardwood flooring?

I am planning to change a room that has laminate flooring to a room that has 3/4" hardwood flooring. The rest of the adjacent rooms and hallways all have hardwood flooring 3/4". Initially I ...
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Want to build a trap door in the guest bedroom for easier furnace access

I own an 80 year old house. The furnace is located about 40 feet from the crawl space access through some very tight fits. Changing the filter is a very uncomfortable 30 minutes. What do I have to ...
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Retrofitting floor radiant heating under hardwood floors

I am considering retrofitting radiant floor heating into the first floor in my home by attaching the pex to the bottom side of the subfloor from the basement. On the top side of the subfloors is some ...
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How to flatten an uneven plank subfloor when the existing planks can't be removed?

The upper-floor master bedroom in my c. 1700 house has a plank floor laid across the joists which is quite old, if not original. The planks were apparently once 1/2", but in some areas of the room ...
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Can I paint and polyurethane my plyfloor or does it have to be covered?

On a new build, our subfloor is going to be 18mm plyfloor. I like the idea of painting it with a whitewash and then coating it with polyurethane to keep it as our main floor, rather than covering it ...
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wood floor rise up

When we bought my house 6 month ago we installed floor at the same time. It was fine for the first 3 months but after that one area in the 1st floor wood start rise. Whenever i walk around it, it ...
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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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How can I repair heavy hardwood scraping?

We're moving out of our apartment and we need to repair the hardwood floor of our apartment for the next tenant that lives here. Apologies as I cannot take a picture of the floor at the moment. I ...
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What should we do about stained hardwood floors that are still wet after three days?

My husband and I made the mistake of applying too much stain to our freshly sanded hardwood floors. After learning this mistake we wiped them with extra stain and wiped them off immediately. This ...
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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 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 determine if there is asbestos in something?

I pulled up some old flooring. Underneath there is material that looks like paper, maybe fabric, that is glued to the hardwood below. I would like to refinish the hardwood. Is there an easy way to ...
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Another flooring identification question

Whatever was used as my living room flooring has a huge range of grain patterns, and I'm wondering what it is. I've tagged this hardwood but that's a guess... Apologies for the odd perspective; pic is ...
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Starting Point for Laying the First 3/4" Solid Oak Hardwood Board

I need help determining the best starting point for my first board. Most videos on the internet have you starting at the far left wall (and have no stairs and rectangular). This might still be my ...
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What precautions need to be taken while installing a hardwood floor on a very old hardwood floor?

I am planning to install a new solid hardwood floor on an existing hardwood floor(some variant of pine) - on the second floor of the 2-floor house. Rights now, we are considering putting an ...
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Raise concrete floor with carpet to same height as adjoining floor

My living room has a concrete floor and adjoins my dining room. The dining room used to be a kitchen in a pre-extension life and has a screed floor. The screed floor is about 20mm higher than the ...
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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.