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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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