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How do I deal with Particle Board Subfloors and Hardwood Flooring?

The house I recently purchased, built in 1973, has particle board subfloors. To clarify, this is not OSB and this is not just a particle board overlay over plywood -- the entire subfloor is 3/4" ...
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How do I remove permanent marker from a solid hardwood table?

A black permanent marker was used on my kitchen table. My daughter is 3, my bad for leaving the marker out! An image of the damage: The top circled area shows one mark. The bottom circle is ...
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Is there a way to 'remove' blackened water-stain from hardwood floor?

We have several large (3' x 6') blackened areas on our hardwood floor where water damage occurred. This discoloration goes deep. Our goal is to sand the floors and apply a clear coat, but we first ...
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What is the recommended technique for refinishing hardwood floors

I have old hardwood floors in my home that I'd like to refinish myself. I'm ok with all sorts of manual labor, but I'd like to know the preferred method for refinishing them without damaging my walls ...
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Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a flooring expert or installer, I am a homeowner looking for answers. About 3 years ago, my home was built in southern Louisiana with reclaimed/antique pine ...
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Should I put caulk/silicone at base of toilet on hardwood floors?

When installing a toilet in a bathroom with hardwood floors, should I put a bead of silicone or caulk around the base to finish things up? Is this necessary, or is it merely aesthetics? I have heard ...
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What are these spongy/soft spots on my hardwood floor?

The house I recently bought has hardwood floors, but I've noticed that some spots are spongy when I walk over them. There is visible downward flex in certain spots to an observer of someone walking ...
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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

Why do online sites say that polyurethane isn't food safe, and is there some way I can use it on my kitchen worktop and still be safe? I don't prepare or store food directly on it or use it as a ...
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Can I sand bamboo floors?

I have prefinished bamboo floors in the kitchen and they are not in a good shape. I was wondering if i can sand them. Somebody told me that i can't send prefinished floors (oak or bamboo), somebody ...
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What should go between a wood plank sub floor and a hardwood strip floor

I am about to install a hardwood floor into a room in my 1905 farmhouse. The subfloor is 8-12" wide 1" thick planks. The floor I am installing is 2-1/4" prefinished solid hickory tongue and groove. ...
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How can I tile over a floor where hardwood is attached directly to joists?

My condo building in Boston was built in 1905, and converted from a hotel in the 1950's. Repairing some damaged hardwood in the livingroom the contractor found that the hardwood was nailed directly to ...
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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 can I protect my (engineered) hardwood floor from scratching?

I have engineered hardwood that scratches easily (be it from furniture being slid on it, a kid playing with hard toys on it, or simply from regular wear and tear). We currently mitigate the scratching ...
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Pros and Cons of floated flooring

We just bought a new house which needs extensive remodeling. Our contractor, after ripping out the existing old carpet and damaged subfloor/padding, discovered that the floor was quite uneven, so we ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to my hardwood floors in sections?

I have a hardwood floor I've recently finished staining. I'd like to apply polyurethane but I don't think I can cordon off the entire area for the duration. Is it alright to apply the sealer in ...
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Alternative to tongue and groove adhesive for hardwood floor

I'm installing an engineered hardwood product in my office, 5" Shaw Epic hardwood. It is tongue and groove, but not a click-lock type. For a floating installation, the tongues and grooves need to be ...
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What is recommended to install hardwood floor on slab in Tampa, FL?

Am building a new home in Tampa, FL and considering engineered hardwood floors throughout except baths and utility. The builder does provide the option but they seem quite expensive. I'm thinking ...
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Options for Hardwood Floor Scratch and Gouge Repair

I have a 10 month old puppy who recently discovered her (apparent) love for the taste of wood putty. There was a rather large knot hole that had been plugged and finished in our living room floor that ...
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Gluing Hardwood Floors?

We recently had our house built, and included the "hardwood floors" upgrade. When we moved it we were pleased with the way the floors looked. Some time later, water started coming up from beneath the ...
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What underlayment should I use to reduce traffic noise under a hardwood or bamboo floor?

I'm in the process of renovating the 2nd story of my New England 1.5 story cape-style home. New OSB subfloors are down with Liquid Nails and deck screws over 5 weeks ago. I'm on to flooring now. I ...
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How to diminish the appearance of a stain on hardwood floor?

A few years ago, some liquid (red wine or water from a plant) leaked on my hardwood floor (cherry). It took several months before we noticed it because it was under a carpet. This little incident left ...
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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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Is hardwood flooring safe from termites?

I have plans to have hardwood flooring in my living room, but I am afraid of termites ruining my flooring.
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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 do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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Normal Hardwood floor installation on a wood structured deck

We need help on installing hardwood floors made of larch (a type of cedar). They are 3/4 wide and we want to install them just as we would inside a house. We will oil them with an exterior ...
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what caused this new small dark hole on my hardwood floor recently?

I'm seeing a new small hole on my hardwood floor since last week. It almost looks like it was a black spot before and then it became a hole. Is this because I didn't maintain the floor? or is it some ...
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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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Do I need to put mortar between wood and backerboard on a mixed wood/tile floor?

We have a hardwood insert on our kitchen floor and we will be surrounding it with slate tile. Also the room next to the kitchen is all hardwood floor. Our heights are correct for the tile (with the ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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How do I avoid squeaking with a hardwood floor?

We had Brazilian Koa hardwood installed on our 3/4 inch plywood subfloor that was level and solid. The installer used Bellwood's best underlayment and 16gauge nails. Everywhere you step the floor ...
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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 kind of joint is the best for joining wooden countertops?

I am installing a wall-to-wall desk in my office, which wraps around on one side. One side is 10'-9", and the other is 3'-8". The material is two lengths of oak butcher-block: 8'-2" x 25" x 1-1/8" ...
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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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How to remove milk smell from hardwood floor?

I spilled a bowl of cereal on my hardwood floor. Now the whole room smells like sour milk. Tried mopping with H2Orange and water a couple hours ago, but it still smells. There are a couple of forum ...
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How do I install a range anti-tip kit into hardwood floor on concrete?

I'm preparing to install an anti-tip kit for an electric range. It's a piece of shaped metal designed to be bolted to the floor with two screws or bolts. The floor is hardwood (probably engineered) ...
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Should I try to remove backer board and leave the plywood subfloor in place?

Currently I have ceramic tile in the main hallways of my house. I am looking to replace this with hardwood flooring and will potentially be performing the demolition work myself to save money. I know ...
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Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused forclose home to restore. The home exisits in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineerred wood in the same where good product is used and ...
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What type of subfloor should be used for Engineered hardwood flooring installed on grade concrete slab?

I would like to install engineered hardwood flooring over a concrete slab which is on grade. It is the first floor of the house, there is no basement and the house was built in the 1990's. I have seen ...
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What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?

Last week during a cold snap with high winds. I discovered moisture along the floor on one side of my bonus room, above the attached garage. Their was enough moisture that the baseboard molding ...
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Does it make sense to put quality (=pricy) underlayment over 3/4“ subfloor+1/2” extra plywood layer?

I have standard subfloor + 1/2" plywood on top, to correct for joists going different directions, so that all hardwood boards can be laid one direction for a clean look and avoid sagging where they ...
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How to repair a small hardwood crack?

I have a maple bench that recently decide to crack. I'm not sure what's the cause. I'm guessing wood expansion due to humidity changes. Anyway, I've decided to look around for solutions on fixing the ...
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how do i flatten my hardwood?

I have a 60 year old house and the original hardwood floors have been covered for at least 25 years and the slats are cupped with the edges of each slat being higher than the center of the slat. What ...
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Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?

I'm going to try doing an oil finish for the first time. I'm going to try Minwax Antique Oil Finish: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish The wood I'm ...
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How do I keep this polyurethaned oak floor in good condition?

I rent a heritage home and the polyurethane has been lightly wrecked, but also the wood is drying out from the dry weather and curling up and separating. I am extremely confused about cleaning and ...
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Do soft casters on rolling chars hurt hardwood floors?

Or should I just get a floor mat? Obviously I'd rather have the soft casters, if they do the job, but if they don't it's not worth it. What should I do?
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Is baseboard important? (and 3 choices for trim on wall-to-floor transition)

I'm pulling out wall-to-wall carpet and installing solid hardwood floor. I am also removing the old baseboard and repairing the bottom of the wall with drywall compound to take out any weird ridges ...
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For new construction, which flooring is greener: laminate or engineered?

For new construction, which flooring is greener, an engineered hardwood or a laminate.
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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 ...