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I would find it hard to believe that someone would sand a wood floor but then neglect to put a protective finish on it (unless this is a very rustic building like a barn?). It's possible there's varnish there but it's not a glossy type. An unfinished wood floor seems like a negligent decision by the landlord and a bad investment on their part. I would check ...


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You could also just install wall plugs onto your floor, and leave spaces around the laminate board. I would presume that your laminate floor in your cupboard does not receive too much heat and sun variation (since its in the cupboard), hence movement would not be as much as those boards which receive direct sun. So, to proceed, with a wood/steel bit, drill ...


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Laminate flooring is made to move when needed, so screwing through to the subfloor under the laminate may not do the floor well. Since sliding doors do not exert a lot of pressure at the guides on the bottom, you could size the screw to only secure itself into the laminate itself, say no more than 1/2" long screws, considering the laminate should be about ...


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I would take out a baseboard and see if you can pull a board up a little or use a small mirror to see the side of a board. They should be spaced away from the wall enough to see. Engineered hardwood usually has 1/8" or less of said wood with backing. You cannot in almost all cases sand engineered hardwood. I have never ran across engineered that can be ...


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Both may be correct: "Engineered" floors often have a fairly thin, yet substantial, amount of hardwood laminated over a base of cheaper wood. This section can be as much as 3/8" thick, and can be sanded (carefully!) several times before hitting the laminated section. Apart from the methods suggested previously, you can wait for winter, when solid ...


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You need to find an area where you can inspect the side of the boards. If there are floor registers, remove one and inspect. If you don't have those, look for areas around doors other areas where you might be able to easily remove a trim to inspect. Worst case, you will need to remove a floor molding to inspect. Also height will give you a clue. 1/2 to ...


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First, test the adhesive. If it does have asbestos, you are stuck. If it doesn't your life is going to be easy. Here is the reason why they recommend complete removal of the wood. Asbestos removal requires two things: Enveloping the entire area, basically making a sealed air tight work area that can be removed once work is done. This would be walls and ...


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First, I agree with diceless, it is probably perfectly legal for the homeowner, to deal with this problem himself (assuming no part of the house is rented to a third party). On the other hand, I agree with Mazura, you may be opening a huge can of worms here. Since we are only talking about 2 bedrooms, I have to question the cost and time effectiveness of ...


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You should read this, particularly the last post about a "Better Safe Than Sorry" approach to asbestos. side note, removal of asbestos by an unlicensed professional is a federal offense. -cderalow Keep in mind that the only reason any sane person would put fake wood over real wood is for what they consider irreparable damage, somewhere. Be prepared to ...


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Although my floor was in much worse shape, vacillation between replacing or refinishing. I ended up having them refinished by a company I found online. They were able to sand the wear and the scratches so that when the poly dried it was like a brand new floor. So I would definitely recommend sanding, if nothing more than to even out scratches a bit. I'm also ...


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Talcum powder (and some other materials) can be dusted into the cracks for a temporary (months not decades) kind of fix.


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There are a number of products marketed for this purpose which basically drive headless screws through the floor to fix the boards in place so they can't move. Haven't tried them, but reportedly they work. The other solution is to learn to ignore the creak. It's amazing what sounds we can learn to filter out once we accept that they're just part of the ...



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