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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Is there a better method for affixing UPVC floor trim to skirting, other than the adhesive tape provided?

Can anyone recommend a better method of affixing UPVC (e.g. Homelux) floor trims to skirting other than the adhesive tape provided? Can you mechanically affix them or is it just down to adhesives?
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What's a low depth floor joist solution for 2nd floor with 4x4 floor joists?

My goal is to meet the code requirement for the strength of the floors on a 2nd story for a remodel. I am remodeling a house where the floor joists supporting the 2nd floor are nominal 4x4 (3.5" ...
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Will this arrangement of bricks be a good base for a concrete floor for a garden shed?

I am building a 6ft x 4ft garden shed which will have a concrete base. I've levelled some ground, built a frame, and made a floor out of old bricks. The ground is fairly clay-heavy. I've been ...
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Optimum plywood configuration for home gym floor?

I wish to protect the floating laminate flooring of the room I am building a home gym in. Therefore, I will lay down plywood sheeting to spread the load and prevent scratching. I am having trouble ...
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Oak floor boards - getting an even finish with Polyx Oil

I’m using Polyx Oil hard wax finish on a new oak floor. The boards are grade A2 or B French oak, and I’ve used 2 part filler (Ronseal, “natural” colour) to fill splits, knots and some areas of uneven ...
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How do I tell if dried flooring glue is oil-based or water-based?

I removed vinyl flooring that was glued down (by a previous owner) in the 1990's, and there is a significant amount of dried glue left behind on the concrete floor. The self-leveler and glue that I ...
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Drafts coming from all floor Heating system ducts. Gaps between sheetmetal and floor have been sealed

I had my heating system, crawl space furnace and leaky poorly insulated sheet metal duct work, replaced a couple years ago with a 96% efficient system. The system was independently tested and ...
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Raising Concrete Floor then install Vinyl Plank Flooring On Top

In order to be level with hall, I need to raise the height of the floor by 1/2"-1" in a room in which I am going to be installing vinyl plank flooring. Previously the room was carpeted so with the ...
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Is a tablespoon of vinegar and a cloth adequate to clean tiles with compiled soap, dirt residue?

What is a good product that can effectively clean tiles without damaging them? The type of tiles are floor tiles I think are ceramic based on this and are not shiny. I would like to clean them of ...
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New hardwood floor crackles

It would be really great if someone could give me some advice on the following issue: Last year I bought a house and had a hardwood floor installed (solid hardwood, stapled on plywood over crawlspace)...
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Approaches to level a concrete floor with shallow pipes

I have a situation very similar to How to level a section of raised concrete floor?. Except, in my case the obvious solution of grinding the high point is not possible. In my hallway I have a raised ...
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How can I remove paint splatters from sealed decorative concrete deck?

I have a custom concrete pation & pool deck that is textured / painted to look like wood. It is also sealed. Recently I had the coping on my pool fixed and the guy did a great job but left quite a ...
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Do I need to remove the adhesive from peel & stick vinyl when putting hardwood with rosin paper?

I am removing peel and stick vinyl from plywood and will be putting nailed 3/4 in hardwood in its place. Do I need to get all of the adhesive up or is it ok to just put my rosin paper or other ...
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Water/ moisture coming through patched concrete hole in basement floor

We had our walls braced last summer and the basement guys had to drill holes in the floor to push the walls back in to place. They patched up the holes with concrete and I've noticed a few times (...
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Mystery: Water vanished from flooded basement with no floor drain

I live on a century old home whose unfinished basement got flooded this week. We had heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's storm sewer. At a certain point there were about two inches of water ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Repair garage floor

How do I repair the cement edge to the entrance to my garage.
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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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Painting Brand new concrete floor - is an acid wash necessary?

I just bought a newly constructed house that has a large (20x20) attached shop with a concrete floor. I want to paint the floor. I've looked at several sites on how to do this, and they all say to ...
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Concrete slab between stories

Here in the U.S., pretty much all the houses, even those that are made of brick, have framed floors, meaning there are 2 x (usually 10) joists from one side of the house to the other and then OSB ...
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How to support new wooden floor joists on stone and clay foundation walls

I'd like to ask you for some best practice sharing, or advice . My situation: I'm about to make new wooden floor in old house with walls made of clay and huge rocks. The walls are therefore a bit ...
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Pier Beam Foundation Sill Beam

Background: I live in upstate New York, just outside of Ithaca. My wife and I have recently purchased a home at a steal because of an existing relationship with the previous owner. So the fact that I ...
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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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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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decking overhang

I am building a 8x8 deck with stairs coming from landing on north side to landing on n.w. corner then along the west side. inspector said if I can show that running the 6 2x8 joist full length 12 ft. ...
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sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors

i have a very annoying and frustrating problem. there are sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors. there is a underlay on cement base and the installer swears that he ...
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What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
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How should I deal with old black mastic before installing floor tiles?

I will be removing wood floor tiles that wee installed over old VCT tile which have black mastic on them. I can remove the wood and VCT with no issues, but I do not want to have to remove the old glue....
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Where should I put the transitioning from tile to laminate with open floor plan?

I have an open floor plan in my house. The house is about 25 years old and the same white glossy tile was used in the living room, dining room and large kitchen. The tile looks decent in the living ...
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How to repair straight cut floor joist?

What's the best way to repair a cut floor joist? It looks like when removing floor boards for remodel, someone has cut about half way through the top of joist with saw straight cut. No notching. I'm ...
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How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?

How can I make a concrete floor (also using dry shake color hardener) with a proper edge, without using an edge trowel? In Brazil I cannot find an edge trowel anywhere, so I would like to know if ...
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Will I have any issues installing an in-floor heating mat with premix mortar?

I installed a radiant floor heating mat under ceramic tiles using a premix mortar. I now understand this was not the right thing to do. After further research the only reason I can find that suggests ...
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How can I stop water from coming up through the floor?

I have a house that is on a high water table, and water is coming up through the floor. The property was excavated around the perimeter a couple of years ago and installed a new Big "O". Drycore was ...
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Found a Crack in Subfloor when Removing Old Tile

I was removing old tile from my kitchen and found the crack seen in the pictures. I was wondering how big a deal the crack was and how to proceed with trying to lay new tile. I wanted to knock out ...
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Floor Weight Question for Aquarium

I am building a reef tank in my living room, it's in the corner of the house, and as you can see from the drawing, it is sitting on 5-floor joists. The house is less than 10 years old and the joists ...
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I'm using 2" EPS below grade insulation for radiant floor heating, Do I need a poly vapor barrier on top?

In addition to 2" of EPS do I need a poly in a radiant floor heating system
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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Waterproofing flat balcony over a shed

I have a kid's club house built over a shed part of it exposed as a balcony with flat floor no roof over it . The old floor was an OSB flooring badly damaged with water, so I replaced it with a new ...
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What wood is our floor made from and will it be good as polished boards?

Can anyone tell what wood this is. It is a photo underneath the house (Southern Australia region). Will that come up well as a wooden floor?
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How to seal an OSB shed floor against pest, weather, and temperature?

This question follows from my previous question about leveling my OSB shed floor. I didn't realize until I received several comments and suggestions that said question actually has two focuses: How ...
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Filling first concrete floor with Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) brick to 3 feet height is good?

First concrete floor is with 500 sq.ft. area. Out of this, 200 sq.ft. is in projected form for about 3 feet height. So, we are planning to fill in with AAC blocks up to 3 feet height for the rest of ...
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Blocking foundation vent bricks

We recently bought a house in the UK built on 1936. The house has been refurbished and extended a few times over the years. With the cold and moist weather outside, the first thing we noticed was a ...
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How To Make Concrete Acid Stain For Floors

Recently I completed my concrete floor done inside my house. But that doesn't look good all the way. I don't want to do tiling, Because i feel that costly. So I planned to do acid staining so that ...
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How to fill a gap on the floor before laying vinyl

My bathroom has a ‘click lock’ laminate floor and I’m going to lay new vinyl over the top. Currently there are edging strips covering the gap between the laminate and the wall. To fit the new vinyl ...
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Sistering cantilevered floor joists

A stair and landing was incorrectly built without a drip edge over 4 cantilevered joists coming out of the building. Over the years, water got in and rotted the joists to just past the point where ...
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Light Frame Structure Ceramic Floor Installation

I hired a contractor who made a big mistake. He installed a ceramic floor onto 1"inch cement board (that is screw into welded beam constructed subfloor). He did not use thin set or tape over the ...