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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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How can I repair scratches in engineered hardwood floors?

I have two large dogs, of which one has nails that any woman would kill for, and the energy of a nuclear power plant. My home's primary living areas are all hardwood floors: kitchen, bath, living ...
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Sanding screen vs Sandpaper for hardwood floor

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a sanding screen vs sandpaper when refininshing a hardwood floor? When would you choose one over the other?
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What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?

I love the idea of the luxurious texture of wood flooring in a shower. Does this add significant maintenance/cleaning concerns to the shower?
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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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What is the best way to condition and protect a hardwood floor under heavy use?

We rent an old house with hardwood floors and the area under one of our office chairs is now brittle and dull. What are our options for conditioning and/or protecting the wood (especially to prevent ...
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Is there any way to reduce UV fading on a hardwood floor?

I've seen a lot of old hardwood floors where the owner moved a rug that had been there for years, and the wood under the rug was noticeably brighter, having been shielded from UV degradation. Is there ...
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How level does a wooden sub-floor need to be to put down engineered hardwood flooring?

We did a house expansion that pushed the walls out approximately 6' on 3 sides of a room. We built the foundation wall for the new floors to be 100% level but the old floors were not level in all ...
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How do I fix a sunken floorboard?

I broke this floorboard the other week and tried to pop it back up to mend with no success. How do I cut and slide this board out to put in a new one? EDIT: I was able to take the floorboard out, ...
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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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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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What should I realistically expect after having my floors professionally refinished?

We recently bought a house that has white oak hardwood floors. The floors looked decent in some places, while others were REALLY scratched. I don't even know how someone would scratch them that bad. ...
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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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Can't replace hardwood floors, what are my options?

My house was built in 1929 and still has the original hardwood floors. And now some 85 years later they are in terrible shape. They squeak like crazy, many boards are broken and splintered, there are ...
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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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Should I install a moisture barrier before installing engineered hardwood in a partial basement?

I am thinking about using a 6 mil poly and a thicker sound/water barrier to make walking on the floors a bit softer. I plan to tape (or use silicon) as a means to seal moisture. My question is, is 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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What should I place at the bottom of my couch to prevent miscellaneous items from going under it?

I know this is a silly question, but I was wondering if there was a simple solution to preventing items from sliding under our couch. We have a hardwood floor with a slightly raised couch on it. ...
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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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Replacing filler in hardwood floors

My new apartment has a wooden floor laid in it, but there are a number of places where the larger knots have been filled in with some kind of filler that is black. The timber is tallowwood (quite ...
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Can particleboard subfloor be used as a nail base for 3/4" solid wood strip flooring?

Question: Has anybody out there laid solid oak strip floor over a 3/4" particle board subfloor and lived to tell about it? Basis for question: I did a search on SE and all answers point to pulling ...
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How can I protect my hardwood floors without sanding and refinishing?

At some point, I do plan to sand down my hardwood floors and refinish them in my 100 year old home. However, It's a 100 year old home. There is no subfloor, the hardwood is installed right on the ...