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Do I really need an expansion gap around the entire hardwood floor?

I'm preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring in my dining, and living rooms. Currently there is a wood transition piece between the dining room and kitchen, ...
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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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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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Does oil-based polyurethane have any residual toxicity past setting?

Oil-based polyurethane reportedly has some toxicity during application, but it is easier to apply and provides a superior finish compared to water-based polyurethane. This means that while I may get ...
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Can I install a hardwood floor in the kitchen?

I don't know if I can install a hardwood floor in my kitchen. What would you recommend ? Thank you so much Camille
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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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How much expansion space is need for solid oak flooring?

I have purchased Bruce 3/4" solid oak flooring and I am looking for some guidance with respect to expansion space. This is standard tongue and groove flooring that will be nailed down. This is also ...
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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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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 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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New floor up to new cabinets already installed or under? New construction home

I purchased a new construction home through a commercial builder. I will be closing on the house in a few weeks and opted to do the hardwood floor myself to save some money. I did upgrade the ...
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How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?

I have ripped out some old carpet and am preparing to install a new solid hardwood floor myself. In several places, the floor transitions to an existing tile floor. The hardwood floor guys told me ...
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How did the sideboards come to be raised over a hardwood floor?

I'm a little puzzled at the position of sideboards in this picture. I am not covering with carpets. I will remove the sideboards, hopefully without breaking them. Then I'll paint them before ...
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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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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 should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?

There's currently some kind of solid filling between the tiles in my kitchen and the hard wood in my living room. During the summer when it gets hot and humid, the hard wood expand and cracks the ...
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Thermal Expansion and Contraction in Two Story Townhome

I live in California in the city of Chatsworth to be exact. I live in a two story Townhome and for the most part when I sleep in my bedroom it's very quiet. Occasionally there will be nights sometimes ...
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Is a “painting pad / sponge square” indeed the way to get a smooth wood surface after applying polyurethane?

My last polyurethane finishing experiment failed. I applied fast-drying Varathane to 3/4" maple plywood shelves. They were very finely finished before applying the polyurethane, and became very rough ...
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Is it practical to have a wooden floor installed in an apt in India?

I own a house in India. It is on the 3rd floor of an apartment. The floor of the apartment is all concrete with tiles on it. Having lived in the US for a few years now, I have come to like the ...
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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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Which underlayment, if any, between 5" pine boards, and subfloor with radiant heat?

Seems to be a lot of differing opinions on this. I get that having something between the two can offer less squeaking, some noise abatement and depending on material - a vapor barrier which I may or ...
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How do I patch this hardwood floor strip?

I live in a >100 year old apartment building with a lot of temperature variation and the hardwood herringbone oak flooring is starting to show its age. What is the best way to patch this spot where ...
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Subfloor prep for hardwood install

We are doing a hardwood installation project. So far this has involved removing carpet and particle board to get down to the 1/2" plywood subfloor. The subfloor seems to be in a good shape, so I'm ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Proper Orientation for Plywood Subfloor under 3/4" Hardwood

I recently purchased a house in New Jersey and the 2nd floor was filled with old carpet that we wanted to replace with hardwood flooring. I ripped up the carpet only to find particle board under all ...
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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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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% ...