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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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What could be the source of this moisture?

I'm a little baffled here with the problem at hand -- we're seeing spots on our engineered wood flooring that appears to be moisture coming up from beneath but cant figure out the source of that ...
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Where did the water under my basement floor come from?

I have just bought a house that had a continuous engineered oak flooring downstairs. There was an obvious buckle in the floor in the hall, at the centre of the house that we were told by surveyor/...
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To lap or not to lap underlayment over concrete

I am installing engineered hardwood flooring over concrete slab below grade in the basement. The flooring installation instructions mention that if using 6-mil poly underlayment, it should be lapped ...
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How would you fix an inflection point on engineered hardwood?

Looks like I didn't have a perfectly level subfloor and now, there's a slight inflection (peak) in the finished installation of the 1/2" inch engineered maple hardwood floor. Other detail, my ...
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What type of underlayment should be used when installing engineered wood over underfloor heating

I have recently purchased an engineered wood floor and wish to install this over underfloor heating (A Nu-Heat water based solution which sits between the joists). The joists are currently covered ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a thinner thickness of hardwood for stairing/flooring? We are considering getting hardwood stairs as a replacement for carpet stairs and we found ...
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glue/nail down wood flooring installation: any disadvantages for click-lock?

I am purchasing 1300sqft of 3/8" thick engineered hardwood for my home. 600sqft will be glued down (first floor is concrete) and 700 will be nailed down (second floor is wood subfloor). I do not want ...
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How can I secure / fasten a half installed floating engineered hardwood floor?

I've got my floor "half" installed already. No glue, or nailing, purely floating. We've got a foam underlayment and are using spacers. I'm noticing some trouble with the boards coming loose, gaps ...
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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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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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How can I repair engineered hardwood flooring damaged by an office chair?

We have engineered hardwood and the area under our desk is all white and hazy. We bought rubber casters for the chair and a plastic mat to go under it but they still look terrible. I think maybe from ...
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Putting a new finish on engineered hardwood floors

Recently, I dropped a jar of pickles on my engineered hardwood floors. I cleaned it up immediately with a little Mr. Clean and water on a paper towel. It was still sticky and I used vinegar and ...
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What underlayment should I use for stapled engineered floor?

What underlayment should I use for 3/8" engineered flooring stapled to plywood subfloor?
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New “Hardwood” Floor Layout

Redoing a big a portion of the first floor in our 1984 home. Need some advice on layout of floor planks. I understand the material we end up choosing will affect layout pattern, but for now we are ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to new engineered hardwood floors?

I just laid new engineered Maple 5/8in hardwood floors. They have a dull look. Can I polyurethane them?
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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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Little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor

I have little bumps appearing where the staple went in for the 1/2" manufactured hardwood floor. Can't even tell they are there from the picture... Maybe I'm looking at it too closely. These are my ...
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Should I glue down or top nail the first and last row of hardwood engineered flooring?

I am stapling down 1/2" engineered prefinished hardwood flooring. To get started, I need to run a row next to the starting wall, allowing 1/2" for expansion. Since my pneumatic flooring staple gun, ...
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Should I install a floating floor or a staple down for engineered hardwood?

I would like to to put down a DRIcore subfloor over my on grade concrete slab floor and then install engineered hardwood flooring on top of it. Should I staple the flooring to the DRIcore and if so ...
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Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused foreclosed home to restore. The home exists in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineered 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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Can I install engineered hardwood over laminate flooring?

My floor has two layers of laminate flooring and the first layer is partially removed around the edges of the kitchen cabinets and walls. The top layer is glued down very well and I'm wondering if I ...
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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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How to flatten the sagging OSB subfloor?

I am preparing the subfloor to install engineered hardwood floor by floating installation. However, the subfloor is too much sagging. There is a big area with about 5/32 depth. See: The real ...
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Can I install laminate (Pergo) flooring over previous underlayment?

I tore up laminate flooring and the underlayment is still intact and in very good condition. Can I install the new laminate (which has the underlayment attached) on top of the existing underlayment?
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Where to locate moisture barrier in engineered hardwood floor sandwich placed over insulation board?

I'm planning to install an engineered hardwood floor on a concrete slab that is very very cold. The climate is northern New Mexico. The slab perimeter is not insulated, and doing so is cost-...
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Should I use a 6 mil poly moisture barrier for engineered hardwood floor installed over concrete slab-on-grade?

I am planning to install an engineered hardwood floor over a slab-on-grade subfloor. The slab is bone dry but I understand it's wise to install a moisture barrier anyway. My plan right now is to ...
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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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Glue underlayment to concrete: how long does it take to cure?

This question is related to another question I posted earlier. I glued FloorMuffler underlayment to concrete using Roberts Engineered Wood Flooring Adhesive. The instructions say "open time up to 20 ...
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What glue should I use for glue-down engineered flooring installation?

I bought a roll of FloorMuffler UltraSeal underlayment (essentially, sealed high-density foam) at Home Depot for this project. The instructions are very specific about which adhesive to use: "To be ...
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Routing grooves in engineered hardwood flooring

This is an open-ended question. I will describe the situation and outline my approach to solving the problem. I am hoping to get feedback that will help me decide if this is the right approach, ...
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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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How should I install hardwood flooring around spindles?

I have oak steps that we installed up to a living room that is carpeted. How do I install hardwood floors and deal with the spindles on the floor? My husband made adjustments when he did the stairs (...
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What do I need to do to raise a subfloor?

We're installing an engineered wood flooring in a room that already has a plywood subfloor. The engineered flooring will be 1/4" shy of the height of the hardwood in the other rooms, so I'd like to ...