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How can I remove residual adhesive that may contain asbestos from wood?

Our house has two bedrooms in which the previous owners installed vinyl tile over wood flooring (how ironic is this: it's wood-grained pattern tile over beautiful, real wood). We want to remove the ...
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Can the last few boards of hardwood near a wall be glued if there is not alot of space for nailing

So you get near the wall and cannot use the floor nailer or brad nailer to get a nail in through the tongue at an angle. I have seen advice to glue a board like this down vs trying to drill a guide ...
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How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?

We just bought a house with lovely bright pink carpeting over hardwood floors, and tore it all up. The foam underneath was multi-colored, and the black spots appear to have melted to the floor. ...
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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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Can I use a sheet of plywood to get a tighter hardwood floor?

someone told me that I should screw a sheet of plywood like 8" x 8` long about 10 boards away from my wall and make that my straight edge then start my hardwood from that then after I reached the end ...
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Best way to fix excess stain on hard wood floor? Or just poly it?

I stained our hardwood floors one week ago and have let it dry but unfortunately all of it wasn't absorbed. I didn't notice the excess until a few days after I let it dry, and it's quite noticeable: ...
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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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What glue should I use for glue-down engineered flooring installation?

I bought a roll of FloorMuffler UltraSeal underlayment (essentially, sealed high-density foam) at Home Depot for this project. The instructions are very specific about which adhesive to use: "To be ...
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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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glue/nail down wood flooring installation: any disadvantages for click-lock?

I am purchasing 1300sqft of 3/8" thick engineered hardwood for my home. 600sqft will be glued down (first floor is concrete) and 700 will be nailed down (second floor is wood subfloor). I do not want ...
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How do I stop my recliner from scratching wood floor

I have hardwood floors and recently purchased a recliner. The recliner slides around on the hardwood floor. Is there a product that will stop the recliner from sliding and more importantly stop it ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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Is it OK to put hardwood flooring over 3/4“ particle board that's over 1/2” wood subfloor?

We want to install either laminate or hardwood flooring throughout most of our home. The home is about 35 years old. I pulled up all the carpet and found 3/4" particle board over 1/2" plywood board ...
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How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?

My wife's office has solid hickory hardwood floors, and I'd like to protect the floor from her rolling office chair. What can be done to protect the floor? Should I even be concerned about the chair ...
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How do I keep nails from pulling up on my hardwood floors?

I'm in a 100 year old house and I believe the floors are original. They don't seem to be tongue and groove, but just flat boards nailed into the subfloor with finishing nails. Periodically, the nails ...
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How can I replace a board in floating wood floor?

I have a condo with a concrete subfloor so I floated an engineered wood floor above it. It's not a "click-lock" floor, it's a glued T&G install. A contractor recently did some work in the unit ...
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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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What's the best method to chalk a line parallel to a wall?

I have read some great listings on setting a chalk line but remain with a question ... if you are trying to get the line to run perfectly parallel to a wall, it is for hardwood flooring, so that the ...
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Should I use a 6 mil poly moisture barrier for engineered hardwood floor installed over concrete slab-on-grade?

I am planning to install an engineered hardwood floor over a slab-on-grade subfloor. The slab is bone dry but I understand it's wise to install a moisture barrier anyway. My plan right now is to ...
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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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Matching new oak floor planks to old planks

For reasons not worth explaining I had to replace some oak floor planks. The new planks aren't quiet flat and are obviously the wrong color. I don't plan on refinishing the entire floor right now, ...
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Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?

I have bare concrete floor that was, until recently, covered with carpet. After recently seeing a friend of mine purchase raw pine, shape the tongue-and-groove himself, and seal it to achieve a ...
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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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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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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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How to cut wood panel for angled ceiling?

I am adding wood paneling to the wall, as you can see above. Starting with the next panel in the coming row I will need to cut the left end to fit the angle of the ceiling. How to I determine the ...
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How to join hardwood rows from two rooms at doorway?

Imagine I have two rooms connected by a doorway (no door). You start setting hardwood in both of them independently but at the same side. After X rows of hardwood, you will reach the doorway from ...
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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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What is the best method of filling the gaps in wooden floors?

Two years ago we had wooden flooring installed. We had the wood sit out for 4 weeks to acclimatize as much as possible before we installed. About 6 months later (fall) we started to notice gaps ...
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How should I repair these very damaged floor boards?

I've recently moved in to an apartment where the floor boards are damaged in some areas, presumably because there has been a lot of traffic in these spots. And it has been like this for years it ...
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Installing subfloor and hardwood on top of concrete (2nd story)

I bought a condo in a triplex where I have all of the 2nd floor. Most rooms are on hardwood, while the rest is on laminate with a serious height difference of an inch and a half (hardwood being ...
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How do I install cabinets on a floating hardwood floor?

We just purchased a bunch of cabinets for installation of a bar / kitchenette in the basement. There are 4 wall cabinets and four base cabinets. These are going to be installed on the existing ...
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How to determine if hardwoods are under cabinets?

I'm house shopping and some homes have built-ins or kitchen cabinets that I'd like to remove. I was wondering, first, is it possible to determine without taking the cabinets apart whether there are ...
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Is sanding hardwood floors really necessary?

I bought my house a couple of years ago and I was told that there are beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet. I decided to rip up the carpets and find out (actually my dog decided that for me ...
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How can I remove carpet adhesive from hardwood floors?

We are doing some renovations to a home we just purchased. The carpet had hardwood flooring under two layers of carpet. The bottom layer of carpet was glued down by a dark amber colored adhesive. ...
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What to do about the cracks on my wood floor?

I am trying to do some repairs of the floor. As you can see on photos, there are some cracks, dents, and gouges. I am thinking of getting wood filler for these, but I am not sure which one would be ...
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Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?

Any ideas or concerns about solid 3/4" hardwood flooring near a fireplace? Currently I plan to have a nice piece of wood trim covering the gap between the fireplace and the floor. Underneath the ...
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Fix localized wooden parquet floor scratches

I just noticed that there are some scratches on our wooden parquet floor. They are very localized and the remaining of the floor is in very good condition. Is there a way to make these invisible? They ...
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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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How to fix gaps between flooring planks in mid-1800s house?

I live in a mid-1800s house, which I plan to sell this Spring. The original (I think) wood flooring has gaps between the planks, some pretty sizable (photos follow). Is there any good fix for this? ...
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Refinishing wood floor [duplicate]

We had our floors refinished and there are still separations between the boards. The company claims that it's due to the original installation of the floor and are not fixing it any further. Is it ...
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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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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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Is this the correct approach for installing 3/4" Hardwood floor?

So I've been thinking of adding a hardwood floor in my dining room and hallway. This is what I know as of right now. I have Hemlock 2x10 Floor Joists spaced apart 16" OC that span 13 feet and the ...
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What hardwood flooring is recommended for high traffic areas?

I am having a house built and the developer wanted to charge me $10/sq ft for the cheapest $3/sq ft Bruce Oak, and more for anything better quality. There was no charge for Vinyl so, I had them put ...
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How do I ensure my first row of hardwood flooring is straight?

Still preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring. I'm a little tentative (overly cautious according to the wife) about getting started. I've done a lot of ...
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How to fix a warped parquet floor?

Less than one year ago my parquet floor was sanded and about 50% of it was replaced with new wood strips, sealed, and then buffed. Now, if my lovely cats happen to knock over their water and it spills ...
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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
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How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane?

I have applied 3 coats of poly so far. I'd like to smooth out the surface before the final coat. What type of sander should I use: Square Buff Floor Sander , Random Orbit Floor Sander , or just a ...