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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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Removing white layer which appears on floor after spilling water

I'm pretty careless and sometimes spill a bit of water on our floor. When I do, some strange white layer appears on the floor within a minute. I took some photos to demo. Usually it gets much much ...
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How to raise this floor transition joint?

I have this transition joint: that I need to install between a section of floating floor and a section of vinyl floor. Unfortunately, the height between the two sections is too high and the joint ...
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Bathroom Floor Transition under door that hasn't been installed

We are about to install our laminate in our basement and I'm wondering if there is a method for creating a transition "line" under the door where I'm going to transition to tile? I need to know this ...
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Minimum height of step between two interior rooms

I'm trying to figure out the minimum safe (and code compliant) height of an interior step between a kitchen and mudroom. I'm pretty sure 7 3/4" is roughly the max height but is there a minimum height ...
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Dried expanding foam on floorboards, how can I remove it?

The girlfriend and I bought an old house and the floorboards are in brilliant condition so we've decided to sand them, stain them, and varnish them. As soon as we took up the carpets we noticed ...
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Basement It's not wet just spots on concrete

I would like to do something with basement floor it doesn't get wet just dark spots in area! Our house built in 70's someone has said underground river in neighborhood not sure if true! We tried ...
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Help Determine the cause of Cupping Floors

The wood floors in my 1926 Craftsman style bungalow started cupping this year. In some places it is subtle, in some places it is really extreme. Ideas on what is causing it and what could fix it? ...
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What insulation materials for converted vans?

I want to add insulation to the ceiling, walls, and floor of my van as a first step to convert it. What are the recommended/available materials for that aim? By "convert" I mean to turn a regular ...
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How should I lay ceramic tile in a room where one side slants?

I am going to replace the tile on my kitchen floor. Part of the kitchen floor (~25%) covers an area by a sliding glass door, that was added onto the kitchen. This area used to be a porch, and has ...
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What happens if I paint a concrete floor without pre-treating it?

I got some free polyurethane / alkyd based floor paint and painted my garage floor (used as a woodworking shop). I didn't pre-treat it in any way, just cleaned it. The workshop is relatively new (2014)...
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Tiling over old 2x6 tongue and groove subfloor. Underlayment? Levelling?

So my house has 2x6 car decking/tongue and groove/whatever-you-want-to-call-it subfloor that I am going to tile over, both in the kitchen and the bathroom. The rest of the floors are 3/4" oak as you ...
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Dust proofing unfinished basement concrete floor

My basement is unfinished and has a French drain. The bare cement floor is dusty and it tracks footprints all over my hardwood floors. I want to stop the dust from forming. I have tried to find this ...
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Should I add a plywood subfloor below my damaged hardwood floors when I reinstall?

We have lifted our original floorboards in our property, we now plan on insulating between the joists and relaying the original boards. Unfortunately, the floorboards were old and brittle and ...
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Is it better to remove existing floor before placing new one

I have an existing marble floor in my kitchen in my house that is 40 years old. I am planning to put tiles there. Is it better to remove the marble floor and then place the tiles, or should I put the ...
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selecting correct stain and varnish/poly/something else for oak hardwood floor

I'm going to sand down some oak floors and stain them with a darker color. I'm struggling with finding the correct products and process to do this. (I already have a plan for sanding) I have two 50lb ...
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How can I reduce the heat loss through floor?

I really don't know how is named this material in English but I have to prevent heat lost through it. I assume that it is named mosaic, but I might be very wrong. Ideally I'll like to have the floor ...
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How to frame a floor in an unfinished crawl space?

I've got a "crawl space" (really an unfinished space) under the main floor in a 2-story-with-basement house. I'd like to build essentially a deck frame and cover it in 3/4" plywood so that we can ...
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What should base kitchen cabinets sit on top of? Why? Why not?

We are renovating our kitchen. We are ripping up the existing tiled floor. We are going to be installing IKEA cabinets. Should I install the cabinets on top of the subfloor? Or should I install the ...
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Tile parquet is coming off the concrete surface

20 year old tile parquet that was polished and varnished in February has begun to rise off the concrete surface. The concrete is so dry that dust comes off it and the only source of humidity seems to ...
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What tools will help when removing a glued down floor?

We are having a very hard time getting a glued down floor up. We have tried using large scrapers, a crowbar, and a hammer, none have been effective. Are there any other recommended tools that we ...
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Subfloor Repair

Bought a house 2 years ago in which the kitchen was subject to a slow but constant leak at the main water line. So, the subfloor got damaged and in order to repair it I removed big chunks of the ...
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Standard Grade and Curb Height for ADA Compliant Shower Floor

I am managing replacement of a bathtub with a walk in shower for my mother in her condo. The HOA is demanding a shower grade of 1 inch per foot which seems far to steep for a person with disabilities. ...
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What finish can I put on my pallet floor to fill cracks?

What finish can I put on my pallet floor to fill in cracks and have an even, thick top coating?
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Concrete pour against green board [closed]

I'm having a new concrete floor poured in. its going to be 4 inches. The drywall that will be in contact with the cement is green board(moisture resistant). Will that be ok? or should I cut the ...
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Best/good way to remove linoleum squares on pine flooring

I have pine wood floors I want to refinish - but on top of the floor are square linoleum tiles. The adhesive is really strong. I tried pulling some up but it seems like a laborious task. I am also ...
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How can I raise a bonus room subfloor level with the adjacent floor?

We recently bought a house and closed off upstairs was a bonus room which is over the family room on the main level below. The bonus room has a sub floor already in it, but it wasn't opened. So I cut ...
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Treat soft wood floor

I recently bought a house and the bedroom has a wooden floor. I have attached a picture of the floor, after it has been sanded. I have sanded the floor level and finished it with a P120 grain. I am ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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what to do about squeaky floors

I tore out all the old flooring upstairs of my split foyer home and need to know how I can stop the squeaking of the subfloor before I have the new flooring put down. Obviously the squeak wasn't in ...
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Is this an asbestos floor?

My wife and are just bought an old house (1927) and we are concerned about a floor mat in one of the bedrooms. We have been told that it could have asbestos so we would really appreciate any feedback. ...
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Can a slab under load be concrete jacked or otherwise supported without taking down the wall?

I have an issue with soil erosion below the front corner of my garage floor which has caused a crack to form and a piece of the slab (~4sq.ft) to sink. This in turn is affecting the portion of the ...
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What Cement Based Product Is Used for Smoothly Finished Floors?

I recently replaced a floor drain in my basement around which I had dug out the concrete, gravel and clay soil. When I sealed it back in, I laid down a bed of gravel and sand, and then used a ...
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How do I begin to lay out floor tile in a small bathroom?

I have a small bathroom 58x52 Do I need to start in center of room Can I start on wall. Less cutting. How do I make sure tile is square on the floor in case wall is not plumb. Tile is 12x12. ...
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Can I use 1x4 boards for raised platform support?

I'm making small mini golf modules for use at home that will be 24"x24" each and just be placed on the floor next to each other. I wanted to make them as lightweight as I can for a reasonable cost. I'...
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Tile floor installation on top of hardwood

Can I lay the backerboard for a tile floor on top of hardwood floor that is glued to 3/4 inch plywood subflooring?
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Can I lay peel and stick tiles over existing, old vinyl?

I am renting a place which has a very old and dirty vinyl flooring. Since I don't own that place, I don't want to spend a lot of money. The vinyl is in bith the kitchen and the entrance. I have found ...
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Redoing shed base

I have a 12x16 shed, in which is built on a skid. The skid bottom is starting to rot. Is it possible to remove the floor inside the shed, dig out six holes, and put 4x4 posts cemented in, and attach ...
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How can I completely remove all traces of mastic from old concrete?

My original aim was to end up with a, possibly stained, clear-coated cement floor. After removing old floor tiles, I rented a floor grinder which took care of most of the old mastic. There were still ...
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First floor of house wobbles!

I've seen similar questions but I'm still stuck for an answer, so I hope someone can help... I've just built what is essentially a two-storey cube, 6m x 6m x 6m. It's a steel construction, a little ...
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How to improve wooden joists without removing them

First floor bathroom in a Victorian terrace house. Floor joists run left to right with floorboards laid front to back. Joists are approx 10 foot long. At some point in the past, the previous owner ...
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Sistering joists supported by concrete block on each side

I am going to start a kitchen remodel on a mid 40's home that is constructed with concrete block on all exterior and filled concrete block center wall up to the second floor. Floor joists span approx ...
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Adding a layer of concrete and tiles in the garage

I just wanted to get opinions on my plans to fix the somewhat sunken slab in our garage. We bought the house two years and (it's about 50 years old) and I have been monitoring the slab since day 1. ...
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What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete floor during construction?

I am doing a new build. The floor is burnished concrete done by High Trowel finish during concrete pour. I need to protect the floor afterwards. What is the best way to protect a burnished concrete ...
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Replacing a crawl space with concrete slab

I have a 1970 rental house that is prone to flooding the crawlspace approximately 1 week a year. To clarify, the whole section of land, yard, and streets are under a foot or more of water, due to ...
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Basement shower tiled floor not sealed by builder what now

So I have recently had a tenant move out and have found water damage around the basement shower floor. Looks like black mold so I started ripping it out. Now I am at the point where I have found ...
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Leveling floors and Installing windows

I have a sagging 1930s house and plan to level the floors using I-beams and jacks. I've read that the process is very slow and I'm also wanting to install windows. Will it cause any kind of problems ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...
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Painted concrete floor surface leveler alternatives

It seems there was a miscommunication and a contractor painted the concrete floor by mistake. I know that the proper way would be to remove the paint but I try to avoid that because overall project ...
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How to fix gaps between bamboo flooring planks

About 8 months ago I laid down a floating bamboo floor. The planks are solid carbonized strand bamboo. We allowed the planks to acclimate for over two weeks in the apartment and then laid down the ...
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What power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile?

I need to pull up the floor tile in my kitchen. i've tried using a hammer and chisel and the tile pops up easily, but it's too slow. what power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile? is ...