Structure above the floor joists and below any finished flooring.

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Tiling over 1/2in subfloor with 1/2in Hardiebacker

I just pulled up the hardwood floor in the house I just bought, and found that there is 1/2in plywood subfloor. House was built in 1982. Joists are 2x10 16"OC. The room is 16x13. The person who ...
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Carpeting over a ceramic tile patio- backerboard?

We have a 20ft x 10' second floor patio outside the master bedroom. Structurally, it is sound. The tile matches bedroom and rest of house- looks very nice. However, we want to put a good outdoor ...
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What kind of screws are used for plywood subflooring?

I have removed the old bathroom lino and cleaned the parts that adhered to the floor. I want to screw down the existing plywood subfloor because the nails are old (45yrs) and sparse. What kind of ...
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Best approach for squeaky subfloor fix, with some water stains

We are replacing the carpet in our kids room and want to tackle the subfloor as it squeaks. There are two questions I have: 1 We plan on screwing down the existing subfloor, do I need to remove any ...
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How to remove tar left over from old floor carpet?

Redoing bathroom floors and under the tiles there was really old carpet. I was able to remove the upper layer of it, but there is a tar-like substance stuck on the wooden floor that is very difficult ...
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Drywall screws snap off when trying to fix squeaky subfloor

I am using 1 1/2 drywall screws from the top of the floor, to stop the squeak. Using screw gun and collated screws. The gun is snapping the heads off the screws, is this OK? And will it stop the ...
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Can I use self leveling compound to level old thin set over plywood subfloor?

The previous owner of my house tiled all the bedrooms on the second floor. I would like to remove all the tile and lay down hardwood flooring. So far I have removed the tile and now have all the thin ...
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Using leveling compound on plywood subfloor (second story)

I am doing an installation of 1/2" engineered hardwood on the second story of my home. Checking the plywood subfloor for true and level, I found a pretty big dip (1/2") Is this scenario an ...
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How should I install flooring over fresh concrete?

I have fresh concrete poured in my basement. Planing to use Metrofloor Engage Select vinyl plank for most of the floor. Contemplating ceramic tile for the bathroom if vinyl is not good enough for ...
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Calculating floor load strength

Well I'm sure this had been covered over and over. I could not find the formula I seek. I'm building a storage room in the back of a large steel building on my property and I was thinking I'd use the ...
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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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Raised floor in garage bedroom addition

Do I need to raise the floor to slab height of existing living space (garage floor is 6" lower than living space. I would probably say "yes" due some kind of code for residential flooding. Haven't got ...
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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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Stripping parquet floor glue to install underfloor heating

We have a huge lounge in our new house (in the UK) and it is covered with parquet flooring which we dislike. The little wooden blocks are starting to work loose here and there, so I don't see it as ...
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How can I pour a concrete floor/slab with two levels?

I am pouring a slab for a concrete floor for an 1800 sq foot house and would like the bathroom area to be about 3/8" lower than the rest so I can tile it and wind up with the floor and seams that are ...
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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?

We recently purchased a new washer and dryer set. It's a High Efficiency front loader washer with the high speed spin cycles. It's causing us grief. It vibrates like crazy. To the point where it's ...
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Is it Possible to Coat the Subfloor Around a Toilet Flange to Prevent Rot?

I'm renovating a bathroom. Is there some kind of paint or chemical that I can apply to the subfloor around the toilet flange to keep it from rotting?
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Can I build a wooden floor over an occasionally moist garage slab with a drain?

I would like to install a subfloor in my garage and turn it into an office. The floor is slanted all towards the middle where there is a drain. There has never been any water (that I've seen in the ...
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Installing Basement Subfloor over 30-year-old Vinyl

I'm going to install a basement subfloor. I have 2 rooms that had vinyl squares glued down - a bathroom and laundry room. Can I lay down rigid XPS insulation and plywood directly over the vinyl and ...
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Can I run a heated floor thermostat on a 30 amp sub panel with a 20 amp GFCI breaker?

Want to install a heated floor in bathroom. I would like to know if I can run it ona 30 amp subpanel wiht a 20 amp GFCI breaker.
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How to install hydronic radiant heat over concrete slab

I'm trying to figure out the most ideal way to install hydronic radiant heat in my basement over the existing concrete slab. I've looked at several products for heat distribution, like Warmboard, ...
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Increasing subfloor thickness under new shower pan

I ripped my old shower down to the studs and joists. The studs were rotten, the subfloor was rotten, and the top of the joists (in some places) were weak and rotten. I plan on replacing some studs ...
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Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?

Mike Holmes is a big fan of OSB/plywood over 1" XPS for basement floors, though his book leaves something to be desired in terms of details. His book says: ...on top of the foam, you want to have ...
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Thin-set mortar advise

I was advised by Home Depot tech and bought a thin-set mortar VersaBond. Then, after I came home, I watched a Home Depot video on how to prepare my kitchen cement floor for laying on a 13.5" X 13.5" ...
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basement subfloor - do i need sleepers for this solution

I'm going to install a basement subfloor. I want to follow option 3 from this site: http://homerenovations.about.com/od/additions/a/BasementSubfloor.htm. A nice option because the foam insulation ...
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What is a proper high-quality sub-floor preparation for porcelain tile floor installation

I am preparing to do a kitchen remodel where I am replacing an existing tile floor with a new porcelain tile floor. The old floor that is being replaced has several areas where it is not level and ...
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How to properly install tongue and groove plywood subfloor?

I'm doing a remodel and can't seem to find the proper method for installing the tongue and groove plywood subfloor over joists. I mean, I think I pretty much understand how to do it but there are a ...
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Proper way to install double-layer of subfloor?

I am installing natural tile, so I've had to reinforce the joists a bit and I'm currently working on installing a new subfloor. The subfloor is 3/4" plywood with 1/2" plywood on top of it. The ...
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How should I fill in pits in a concrete floor so I can install laminate?

I have these holes in the concrete floor, and I want to install laminate floor. What can I do to fill in these holes to get a nice level surface.
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Can styrofoam be used between plywood to bring up floor height

I have a new room built but floor is lower than adjoining hall by 1 1/2 inch. Can I put rigid foam down over the plywood floor and top with plywood to match heights?
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Do DRIcore panels need to be flat?

I want to install carpet tile over DRIcore on my concrete basement floor. The floor is far from flat; I would guess at least an inch or two of overall variation. Do I need to ensure the floor is ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...
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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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How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?

I have roughly 600 sq ft of basement that needs new flooring after some unfortunate flooding this past summer. We had carpet over concrete and are now looking to lay vinyl planks down. There is about ...
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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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How should I prepare a plywood subfloor for vinyl sheet flooring?

I'm planning on replacing the carpet in my dining room with a vinyl sheet flooring. I know I need to get the carpet, padding and any staples/debris cleaned up before laying the vinyl, but do I need ...
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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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What type of subfloor should be used for on grade for nail down engineered hardwood?

I am ripping up tiles on the ground floor of my home and would like to install 1/2 inch engineered hardwood. It is over a concrete slab on grade. What is the best and most economical way to do this ...
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replacing subfloor

How does one replace the sub floor? I will redo the bathroom and need to get to the pipes under the sub floor. This is the first layer of flooring... so it is installed before the walls went up. ...
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Secure subfloor underwall between joists

I jumped to quickly into cutting out subfloor in my bathroom and I am now trying to figure out how resolve the issue and get the new plywood in place and secured properly. I cut the sub floor to as ...
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Are there any things to consider when putting thick rubber underlayment down?

I am finishing my attic and have just completed laying the OSB subfloor. I plan to use this space as a yoga studio for my wife / guest room for family / playroom for my child. It is directly over my ...
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How can I level and finish a slanted deck that was enclosed?

Hello everyone I am new to this so I apologize if I seem a little slow mentally. I have a 104 yr old home that at one point had a deck that was completely enclosed. my issue is that the floor was ...
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Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?

Just bought an old house. One half of the basement has a nice headroom. The floor is painted concrete, and is pretty uneven and ultimately slopes towards a floor drain. I'd like a nice floor. Can I ...
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Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?

Before we begin, English is not my first language so my terms could be a bit wrong. Considering I'm planning to install 1/4" concrete backer-board over the sub-floor before tiling it again, is OSB ...
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Is it safe to use screws in subfloor-to-joist connection to eliminate floor squeak

Getting ready to have some hardwood (12mm laminate, technically) installed in our dining room, and in preparation for this, I bought some 1.25" stainless steel screws that I'll be putting down through ...
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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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Is it feasible to cover low-pile carpet with a 1/4" subfloor and vinyl tile in a kitchen?

Scenario: I'm the owner of a multi-unit 2 story apartment. The people living up and down are cousins to each other and are in the process of switching apartments -- long story, don't ask. The upstairs ...
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DMX underlayment or DRIcore?

I've seen some great reviews of the underlayment like the DMX one step, but I see a lot of people still using the padded OSB product like DRIcore. Is there any benefit to using the DRIcore type of ...
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HELP! Upgrading my kitchen to ceramic tile floor

So, I've decided to take on this big project. I have a 1/2" plywood subfloor with 3/4" MDF on top. Should I rip out my entire subfloor add a 3/4" t&g plywood then lay 1/2" plywood on top or am I ...