Questions tagged [floor]

For questions generally relating to the structure and construction of floors in buildings, including designs, materials, support mechanisms, load-bearing calculations, etc. For questions specifically about the top-layer covering of a floor (tile, carpet, hardwood) see the "flooring" tag.

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Rotten Floor under immovable claw tub

I'm a renter. My landlord doesn't fix things all the time. They have fixed things but this house is such a project that many things get ignored and some things don't get fixed at all or fixed right. ...
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

I've recently replaced carpet with hardwood floor. The door jamb and molding are now too short. Prior, the carpet was plusher and made the gap in this one door jamb less obvious. Door Jamb Molding ...
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Are expansion gaps required in between pine flooring for a shed?

I'm planning to make a timber frame and flooring for a 3 x 2.3m (10 x 8ft) prefabricated garden shed. The construction method I had in mind is similar to the following image from Flickr: For the ...
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Should I float or glue locking bamboo?

I have 800 sq ft of 1/2" locking solid stranded bamboo floor on its way and I'm trying to decide between floating and glue. I'm doing every room on my 1st floor (see attached pic), except for the ...
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Applying flammable coating at temperature below its flash point

I want to apply a xylene-based urethane coating with a flash point of 81 degrees (F) to an epoxy floor in a windowless 8' x 8' room equipped with near-new 100-CFM exhaust fan. I hope to be able to ...
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What should I do with an abandoned gas line in my kitchen floor?

I am currently renovating my house and have just had the kitchen plastered. After removing the cabinets I found this under one and am looking for any advice as to what it may be and options in regard ...
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Venting floor heating

I've had sub-floor heating installed a month ago and I think I have a problem with the air in the installation, because there are some rooms that don't reach the desired temperature. The plumbers ...
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Cork on _top_ of hardwood floors?

I have hardwood floors in a rental unit and I'd like to turn a portion of one room into a 'workspace'. But I'd also like to protect the floors from minor spills, tools falling, etc. I know that some ...
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Are there any special tools, materials or techniques required for building a staircase door?

I have recently moved to a house that has a converted attic. It isn't a huge space but would make a reasonable den or man-cave were it not for the fact that the staircase cuts the room almost in half ...
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Refinish Part of Hardwood Floor?

I have a large spot on my floors where an office chair has been rolling back and forth on for years. The spot is now a bit worn and the finish on the surface has faded over time. In the photo, bottom ...
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Gradient of floor [closed]

I am trying to work out how much my kitchen floor slopes before putting in a flat pack kitchen. The spirit level says it is a 2 degrees slope so how much does it drop over a metre? Appreciate any ...
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What is this hole in my concrete basement floor?

I've striped my basement floating floor, as I want to have a epoxy/polyurea flooring installed. I've found this hole, with a plastic frame, under the floating floor. It was covered with some ...
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Why is there sand/gravel under clay tile In a toilet room rather than concrete slab?

I am repairing flood damage in a friend’s home in Houston and upon removing the clay tile from the floor of a toilet room off of the master bath, I found it lacked the concrete slab underneath which ...
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Basement Floor Cracks

I have very thin cracks in my basement floor and I'm attempting to patch them before trying my hand at acid staining the floor. I've read some differing opinions on the use of hydraulic cement or ...
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Best insulation system below a wood floor exposed to nature

This area to be insulated is just past the wood deck. You can see chicken wire holding up the old batt insulation that is been torn down by various creatures! The floor is supported by joists laying ...
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Salvaging a poor bathroom floor

Recently I completed a bathroom remodel mostly on my own. It was an overly-ambitious project and one of the key mistakes I made was rushing the prep-work for the sloped tiled floor. The bathroom ...
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Can we glue goza mats on the floor?

Is it possible to cover the whole floor of goza mats and glue the mats on the floor? It is to have the floor look like tatami. I would like to know how to lay goza mats, having it stick to the floor. ...
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Loft Insulation Alternatives (UK)

The UK building regulations require 100mm of loft insulation between joists and 170mm over, ie 270mm of insulation in total. If it were to be bordered out for use as office, with sistering the joists ...
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How to shave down or flatten - surface concrete of garage - rain water leaking in under door

I have a garage floor - the floor in the garage has sunken leaving the area at the exterior foundation wall - Entrance - to sit up higher like a nice ramp which makes a perfect Rain Water collection ...
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how to remove the particle board subfloor underlayment quickly?

I have a master bedroom and office which have particle board underlayment. I can tell it is off-gassing formaldehyde because I can smell it! I plan to replace the carpet in a month so I'd like to ...
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How Do Houses Prevent a Water Buildup in the Flooring?

I have been reading Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction to get an idea how houses are built and function, and am really confused about one aspect. External floors are built just like external ...
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Basement floor drain back up, 1/2" snake failed, what next?

The basement floor drain is having backup after the wash cycle from the washer, it doesn't backup from other water usage. I had a plumber came in to power snake with 1/2" tip (and few other tips) ...
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Moisture from under the floor - is this bad?

I had a prefab shed installed, which I'm finishing as a detached office. Since the floor got covered in drywall dust, it often looks like there's moisture seeping up between the floorboards. I'm ...
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I want to improve my concrete basement floor, but not too much

Our 100-year-old home's basement floor is very thin (1/2"?) concrete. A friend once called it a "rabbit floor", only intended to keep critters from burrowing up into the basement :) It is uneven, ...
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How to check if floor is level

Is there any way to check if a floor is completely level without having any advanced tools? I want to be sure that a bookcase would not need extra support
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What are the consequences to laying continuous floating floor without using transitioning pieces?

I have a manufactured home with OSB subfloor, to install another subfloor for hardwood would cause a lot of problems. I want a continuous floating floor with no transitioning pieces and I want to know ...
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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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Alternative ways to insulate a shallow slab foundation?

I would like to turn a shed on a shallow slab foundation into a living space for a family member. Insulating the roof and walls seems straight forward enough, but the floor and foundation are tricky. ...
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How do I support a deck-style floor in crawlspace?

This question is kind of a follow-up to the one asked here: how-should-i-add-flooring-in-my-crawl-space. My crawlspace is exactly as the one described. Basically my house is on a slope and have a ...
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Can mangled concrete floor be fixed?

On our property there is a fairly old garage that hasn't been tended to in some time. The floor is cracked and buckling. What are possible fixes for this? I've attached a photo. If you look ...
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How to prepare concrete for epoxy floor coating when it's been repaired with a epoxy hole repair?

After taking our garage down to the studs to remediate black mold, and replace drastic termite damage, we intended to just scuff up the former owners concrete paint (I think now it was probably latex ...
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Can I add grout to existing grout to raise the level?

I grouted my bathroom floor a few days ago and was running out of grout and tried to spread it out to cover. As a result there are a couple low spots. Can I regrout over top of it?
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How to resolve subfloor squeaking when screwing does not fix the problem?

I just bought a new house, and the subfloor is very squeaky. The subfloor is 3/4" tongue-and-groove OSB which has been nailed down on 19" spaced joists. Luckily, I am changing the carpet to wood ...
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Repair garage floor

How do I repair the cement edge to the entrance to my garage.
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Do I need to apply polyurethane on stained quarter round?

I just finished staining the quarter round for my floors and I want to know if it's necessary to apply polyurethane? I followed someone's advise to condition the wood before staining and I didn't see ...
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Tiling on a wooden floor

I'm currently working on tiling my bathroom but because of water damage the floor has distorted. The subfloor is chipboard and is crowning up to 7mm. How do I go about levelling the wooden floor ...
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How should I strengthen my floor joists that are too small?

I have a house that is 120yrs old. The floor joists on the ground floor are only 74mm x 55mm and spaced 350mm on centres. The brickwork that holds up the floor joists is pretty rough and doesn't have ...
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Floor insulation benefits?

I am experimenting with a floor design which would be heavy stone slab on a blocking lattice (no floorboards) or maybe on steel joists. Either way, such a design will allow a pretty rapid heat ...
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What to do with floor drains in basement?

I'm looking to finish my basement, the house was built in 2005. There is a storage area (it will remain unfinished) with the water heater, hvac, sump pump and storage. There are two floor drains, that ...
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How to even floor varnish without sanding the whole floor

We rent a flat with a rustic Victorian look. They've removed the carpets and varnished the wooden planks under them. Looks very rough but also nice. The problem was that they also varnished over some ...
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Do I need blocking between 2x8 joists with an 8-foot span in a kid's fort?

About to embark on a DIY project to build my kids a fort. It will be a deck using 4x4's for legs, holding up a box of 2x8's. Three interior joists for a total of 7 2x8's will make up the frame for the ...
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What type of paint should I use on my hardwood floor?

Latex, enamel, oil-based, water-based, waterborne, oil-enhanced, alkyds, acrylics, acrylic-alkyds... my head is about to explode!! We need to paint our upstairs bedroom floors while we are currently ...
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how to re-level a floor

i've had a foundation inspector look at my floor: as you can see there is quite a deviance on the right hand side. he says that any future movement is likely to be limited; although, cosmetic ...
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Can I replace a hardwood floor board without replacing the entire floor?

I have a piece of floor that expanded and is popping up due to some water damage (attached photo). Is it possible to just take out the piece and trim it down to make it fit? Or would I need to ...
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How to renovate a basement floor?

I'm going to remove a berber carpet glued to a concrete slab and I'm not sure how to prepare the slab for a finished floor. I'm renovating a room in a finished, walk out basement. It's adjacent to ...
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House floors I can feel the cat walk across while sitting in a chair [duplicate]

I wrote earlier I can feel the cat walk across the floor-- while sitting in the sofa chair this has increased over the a short period of time. The cat weighs 7 lbs. This is the only house I have ...
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Gaps in wood floor near heating register

I have a maple floor that is showing gaps near the heating register. Looks like the wood is drying out due to the heat and shrinking. Is there any way to reduce this? Some sort of thermal barrier ...
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Vomit etching on stone floor

My daughter was sick on the stone (I assume it's marble - that's what it looks like) floor. It was cleaned up right away, but now there is a visible (from the right angle) dull spot on the floor ...
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What code book do I refer to to find the proper repair for a broken wooden floor joist in Arkansas?

The sister joist was not installed properly and the floor is sagging; trying to convince boss it is truly an issue that simply "hitting the sister joist with a sledge hammer" won't fix..please send me ...
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Fix uneven tile

My first tile job has not gone according to plan. This was my previous post on preparing the underlayment for the small mosaic tile. I pulled up the OSB and replaced, re-secured the subfloor, ...