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This is really about your expectations of the flooring. If you are more worried about looks then you need to go with a solid hardwood. Bamboo is a very hard wood and will last many pets - when we are talking about surface damage. However scratching will eventually breach the stain/poly finish - and then when they pee/poop that will get in the wood and ...


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Do not install a laminate floor with pets. Barf, urine etc. will swell the edges of most laminates. Even using mops that are too wet will swell the edges of the flooring. Your best bet will be with bamboo or the like. Talk about this with your installer, or if you are buying directly, check with the supplier what their warranty covers. You may find ...


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Flat is an option. I'm not altogether clear on what scheme you think you were following, or what you think it was doing for you, but it sounds suspiciously like something someone dreamed up and presented as fact, with a dubious or non-existant basis in reality. A slope does not "create tension." A load does that. Buildings on post foundations are made ...


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Unless you live in a climate where you basically have your windows open most of the time and there is no heat or air conditioning then your flooring needs to be in your house 2-4 weeks (differs by wood type and climate). So given your conditioned space in San Fran I would say that you need to move it in. The wood needs to be in a close approximation to ...


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Installed TrafficMaster Allure Ultra in my bathroom a year ago. Put it straight on top of existing ceramic tile with no problem. Used Henry leveling compound to fill a few depressions and then laid the tile. It's held up great and looks just like wood.


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Manufacturers require expansion around the entire perimeter of your floating floor. Depends on whether or not you want to maintain your warranty. If you don't care, fly at er. You may or may not end up with issues. Depending on the height of the tile, I like to use an Edge Mold which butts up to the tile instead of overlapping it. It still overlaps the ...


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Ditra functions as a floating substrate. If your slab should happen to contract or expand as the house settles (By as little as 1/32") you may have broken grout lines or cracked tiles. The ditra will allow the slab to expand while the tile surface remains static. If you have no cracks anywhere on the slab, you are probably okay. I did my basement this way, ...


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There are waterproofing/isolation membranes that can be painted on such as RedGuard and Mapelastic. They're coatings you paint on. Much cheaper and easier to use than sheet style barriers. The sheet membranes like ditra provide better waterproofing and isolation to prevent cracks which are important in areas with a lot of moisture like showers or slabs ...


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Call up one of the suppliers of polymer-modified thinset, and see what they say. They are the ones who can tell you whether it works or not.


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In two old homes now I've shredded the wood floor under my chair, monster splinters eventually emerging. I work at home in semi-rural New Hampshire. I think they're very old pine floors, so softwood. I plan to try Shepherd Brand Urethane Casters after putty and repainting. From the manufacturer's site, "Nylon tread for carpeting, and urethane tread ...


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If it's painted and that old, there's going to be lead paint, lead window putty, etc. You'll not "really" want to to but really should investigate the septic arrangements, and get whatever it is pumped out and inspected. Water testing should include things other than lead (with the prime one being coliform bacteria, the most basic well-water test.) Any ...


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Google "bowtie inlay" for details on what's possible. You can do the work either with chisels or a router (or both). And, for what it's worth, bowtie isn't the only shape out there... it's just reasonably charming and has straight lines that make it more manageable for chisel work. (Sharp chisels are always good, but particularly good in this instance.) ...


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I have seen it fail. I have momentarily tried it. And I will never waste my time again. Fail Went through a potential house 8-9 years ago. Mid 60s house. They just put down hardwood to sell it. A floor that had just been laid a few weeks earlier had shifting in at least two areas. I popped off a piece of trim in a closet. Pointed flashlight down, ...


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You use plasticiser when you need to improve the workability of concrete. Concrete's workability improves as you add increasing amounts of water. Increasing the amount of water in the mix beyond the optimum leads to weaker concrete. Insufficient water also makes concrete weaker, as it is harder to compact it to remove air voids. For a normal floor slab, I ...


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Try a tanking slurry product like KA tanking slurry , uselly used in basements, brushed onto the concrete floor. The correct method as previous poster mentioned would be to remove the concrete floor and install a proper dpm.



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