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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Mid 1800's house, gaps between planks in wood flooring, any fix?

I live in a mid-1800's 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Bamboo Shoe Molding

According to this answer molding should never be glued. Can I use glue instead of nails to install shoe molding? We just had a Teragren bamboo wood floor installed. There was an issue with the shoe ...
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How can I cover up wood floor stain spill damage?

Due to some stupidity and a large spill, I've got some nasty dark splotches on my wood. I’ve sanded and cleaned I’ve cleaned the area with white vinegar (which might have been a mistake) and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What should I do with an unfinished parquet floor during a two-year rental?

I'm renting an apartment and I've just moved in. The apartment's floor is a wooden parquet floor and it appears to have been polished/sanded but it doesn't seem to have any sort of finish on it, so I ...
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How do I install track for sliding closet door on laminate

How do I install track for sliding closet mirror doors on laminate floor
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Is it possible to tell if the current floor is solid or engineered hardwood?

I am looking to replace the existing floor because I was told by the inspector that it is engineered and can't be sanded. But while I had the contractor came, he said it is solid which we can sand ...
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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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Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

I am in a process to to get my hardwood refinished. The floor have few deep scratches and is of oak type hardwood. My question is: 1) Stain or not to Stain ? Is it a good idea to stain the ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to my hardwood floors one room at a time?

I have hardwood floors on almost all of my floors. Most rooms have large (5') openings with no doors or thresholds. When I start applying the polyurethane, is there anyway to do one room at a time ...
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How do I silence or muffle creaky floorboards?

My house was built in 1920 and we live in Western NY. The floorboards on the stairs and the whole second story of the house creak very loudly with every step we take. It's not only annoying, but it's ...
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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 ...