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Increase load capacity for engineered beams [closed]

Our building Engineer seems to have dropped the ball re the load capacity for the engineered "I" beams in our two-story detached garage. Now, AFTER the plumbing & electric rough-in, they ...
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Before engineered wood over unlevel concrete slab floor

Steps needed, or if recommended, before laying engineered hardwood over unlevel slab floor. Self leveling mix? Moisture barrier or just rubberized adhesive? Anything else?
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What type of hardwood flooring and installation do I need for uniform look across three levels?

I am ripping out the carpet across all three levels of my house -basement, ground, and upstairs. Basement and ground are concrete slab. I want to install engineered hardwood across all three levels so ...
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Is there any way to stop creaks and lifting on a floating floor over concrete?

I recently had much of the flooring in my apartment redone as part of a broader renovation project. I had engineered hardwood installed over a subfloor that's cast concrete. My architects specified ...
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Dryer or wetter engineered hardwood planks for install into intermittently conditioned space?

Engineered hardwood planks: 3/4 thick T&G white oak, 8" wide, 5mm thick top wood layer. Subfloor is out of the equation: we're using a 100% moisture barrier underneath. So our seasonal ...
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Gap between MDF Skirting Board and Engineered Wood Floor

I have engineered hardwood floor (2cm thick, 190cm x 19cm). Flooring is installed using glue over both concrete and over plywood(?) subfloor. I have MDF skirting boards. The skirtings come with white ...
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Can I lay Engineered Wood floor over curved subfloor?

Is it ok to lay engineered wood floor over subfloor with such a dip in the middle? The existing floor is pretty even from board to board, but it does dip uniformly in the middle of the room. Would it ...
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Staples or nails for installing this particular type of engineered flooring?

I am installing some engineered flooring in my downstairs and have ordered some silicone "vapor shield" underlayment to place underneath it (between my plywood subfloor and the planks of ...
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Can I safely attach 7/16 OSB to particle board, and then put a floating floor on top?

I bought a condo (900 sq ft) that was carpeted (now all removed along with baseboard and all kitchen cabinets and appliances). Under the carpet is particle board. There are many uneven spots (...
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Should I discard all flooring in a package containing mold?

I've bought 4 packs of engineered floor boards, made of a multi-ply core. Today I've received the floorboards, and in one pack, one board had mould on the 'back' side. See picture below (the picture ...
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Can I shoot a floating floor with a nailgun to hold it down better?

I recently bought a new spec home and the builder installed a very cheap carpet there. I decided to install a floating 5/8" thick engineered hardwood instead, and after it was installed, I ...
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Can this particular engineered wood flooring be floated?

I am looking to install engineered wood flooring over a concrete and wooden subfloor. The flooring is 20mm, engineered wood with tongue and grove system. I am new to this so I have decided to go with ...
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Engineered Wood Tongue and Grove Floating Installation - where to put the glue?

I am looking to install floating engineered wood flooring (20mm thickness), tongue and grove system. The boards need to be glued together. Different manuals/guides/tutorials state that the glue should ...
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Transition between rooms for floating engineered wood flooring [closed]

I am currently looking to install 20mm thick oak lacquered engineered wood flooring using "floating method". The flooring has tongue and grove so I will use glue into the grove. I will put ...
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How much floor is too much floor (thickness)?

Related to this thread: Step down into livingroom. Too tall? split in two? I think raising the floor with another plywood subfloor layer is the best option. Solves three problems: 1) the big step, 2) ...
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New plywood subfloor under new engineered floor. How to level one section?

Is a 12 x 16 bedroom. There's a section at the door that isn't level. A dip of about 3/16" over a 4' run just by the door. I plan on removing and replacing that 4'x4' section in order to make it ...
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Vinyl plank installation near exterior doorway

I'm stumped trying to install vinyl plank in an exterior doorway. Our door trim and baseboards are flush - if I undercut the door trim, it seems like I need to undercut the baseboards or remove them ...
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How to hold down a join in an engineered wood floor

I've inherited this floor which has an annoying seam five planks wide where the wood on either side is a few mm different in height, and the door catches on it. If I stand on one side, my weight is ...
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How would I deal with installing Pergo without baseboard molding in one area?

One of the sections of my floor runs alongside a stair railing and then a small raised tile area that used to be where my former wood stove sat. All told, this is about 15 feet long and then a 90 ...
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Same model hardwood doesn’t quite match?

We just moved into a house a couple weeks ago. The house previously had hardwood only through the hall/entryway. We got the previous owners to send us the receipt with exactly which model floor was ...
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Starting at wall or hallway with floating engineered hardwood floor?

In the planning stages of installing some engineered hardwood flooring, floating. This stuff: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-Hand-Scraped-Strand-Woven-Wellington-3-8-in-T-x-5-1-...
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How can I flatten a hardwood floor in preparation for new flooring over it?

I have a second floor with T/G hardwood flooring that is in very bad shape. I have decided the easiest solution for me is to float new engineered hardwood over top of the old hardwood. There is no ...
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What type of hardwood flooring is this?

I'm trying to determine the type of hardwood flooring i have here. The pictures below show the edge-on and side-on views. Is this real hardwood (looks like not), engineered, laminate, or something ...
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I-joists on an old dimensional lumber floor

I’m remodeling a room on my first floor and will need to move a HVAC duct, make it run across 4 joists of the second floor. Room is gutted, and I can see second floor has a 3/4" OSB subfloor on ...
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Proper tool for installing engineered wood flooring

Lauzon 3 1/4 planks, tongue-and-groove. To clarify, it's the stuff with 1/8" real wood on top. Over OSB sub-floor. This is all new construction. About 500 sf right now, but another 500 sf about 6 ...
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Should I install a floating engineered wood floor over my particle underlayment floor

I currently going to install a floating engineered wood flooring. The existing flooring consists of 3/4" plywood and a 1/2" particle board on top of the plywood. There's currently carpet on ...
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How many concrete piers do I need to support a tiny house (12x28 and 20feet high) [closed]

I need help, I am building a tiny house, I am not sure how many concrete piers do I need for a 12x28 tiny house and that will be max of 20 ft high thank you!
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Do solid hardwood floors have top laminate layers--or is this engineered?

I am looking to refinish or replace an existing wood floor. The previous owner says the floor is solid hardwood. A contractor came to look and said he thinks it is solid, too. However, we had a ...
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Removing glued down particle board from subfloor

I'm in the middle of replacing some old carpet in my house with engineered hardwood boards. They're tongue and groove and I'll be nailing the boards down in the end. To that end, I had to remove the ...
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Engineered wood on staircase

I understand that I need to use both glue and nails for the engineered wood flooring to not fall off the stairs, but how do I hide the nails? Also which glue and nails are best to use?
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Advice for installing click lock engineered bamboo floor over linoleum?

I am currently acclimating a bunch of Home Decorators Collection click lock engineered bamboo flooring. The installation area (entryway and kitchen) currently has very even/flat linoleum and I plan to ...
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Adhesive removal from Bruce flooring

We have Bruce engineered hardwood flooring installed by a previous homeowner. At some point double-sided tape was used to hold down an area rug. I have tried to remove the tape by carefully pulling it ...
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Installing engineered hardwood to exposed edges

I'm about to begin removing carpet and installing some engineered wood floors in one of the rooms of my house. The only thing I'm unsure of at the moment is how the boards should be installed for ...
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How do I know if my engineered hardwood is glued down?

I'm planning on replacing my hardwood floors but I don't know if my current floors are glued down, floating, or nailed. Is there a way to find out before starting? This is on the second floor, so the ...
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What to do about gap in bottom of plasterboard wall when fitting floating floor (UK)

I have removed the skirting boards in my new build house, as I am going to fit engineered wood floor via the floating method. The issue I have is that after removing the skirting, I was presented ...
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Acclimatising engineered Australian click-system hardwood flooring prior to installation: to open or not to open the boxes?

We are about to install engineered, click-system hardwood floating throughout a house in Australia. Our understanding was that packs of engineered timber flooring should always be delivered and ...
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Protecting engineered hardwood from water

My wife and I are in the midst of attempting to install engineered hardwood in our home, for better or worse. We are floating it on QuietWalk underlayment. It is the click/lock kind with about a 2mm ...
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I am installing laminate flooring over the course of several days. Do I need to use the standard 48 hour acclimitization period?

I am installing laminate flooring. Due to work and household schedules a relatively small installation job is likely to stretch out over 3 to 4 days. Given this slow installation pace do I need to let ...
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Using shingles to flatten concrete subfloor

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood over a concrete subfloor with 1/8" underlayment. After grinding high spots and filling in larger voids with self-leveler, I have occasional 1/8" or ...
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Subfloor tolerance for engineered hardwood

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood with 1/8" QuietWalk underlayment on a cement slab. I have used a grinder and leveling compound to remove the large valleys and hills. Now I have ...
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Edge gluing tongue and groove (non locking) engineered hardwood to make floating floor over existing varnished chamfered-edge hardwood flooring

We wish to lay new flooring above our existing chambered edge flooring. The existing floor is nailed to a plywood sub-floor and is completely flat, about 20 years old. This will make the whole house ...
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Can engineered hardwood floors be refinished? [duplicate]

I want to replace the floors in the lower floor of my home. I'm estimating about $8000 worth of work, installed. My wife has been looking into engineered floors. I have never been a huge fan of ...
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pick thickness of the engineered wood planks

I'm considering to install an engineered laminate floor on the plywood subfloor, the planks vary in thickness. How do people normally pick the right thickness of the planks? I understand that there ...
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Repairing Hardwood Floor, Two Different Joint Systems

My master bedroom closet took some water damage. The closet and bedroom have the same engineered wood flooring. I am trying to replace the engineered floor in the closet only. However, the closest ...
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What should I lay under carpet to protect hardwood floor for a couple of years?

Our dogs are getting old and need more secure footing. So we're going to loose-lay room size pieces of new conventional carpet on top of a nicely finished wood floors. A couple of rooms. Some ...
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How to prepare my floor to install engineered hardwood?

I currently have linoleum flooring in my kitchen, bathroom and laundry room and carpet everywhere else. I would like to install engineered hardwood flooring throughout my home with the exception of ...
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Replacing a piece of nailed tongue and grooved engineered hardwood located in the middle of a large room

I have a large room covered with engineered hardwood -- (specifically - Johnson hardwood forevertuff in canadian maple 1/2" thickness) It can't be refinished or sanded. A very visible piece in the ...
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Type of floor to use for a three season porch

I am installing a three season porch. It will be well insulated and have energy efficient windows. The floors will not get wet. I wanted to put pergo floors down, but Home Depot tells me they can ...
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Raising internal floor - to screed or not to screed?

The porch of our home has been made part of the interior. We now need to raise the floor to meet the level of the existing floor internally. The total height of the step is 5cm. So the floor needs to ...
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Attaching closet door divider to laminate

Installers of our laminate floors (over concrete) told us the could not screw into the laminate to anchor the divider without splitting it. The glue they used has already come loose as well as the ...
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