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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How can I locate floor joists?

I want to use some stop squeak screws that pull the subfloor tight to the joists, then break off beneath the surface of the floor. I am having a difficult time locating the joists: my stud finder ...
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Floor sagging between joist- please help

I recently bought an old home- 102 years old and have some flooring issues. The long story is we bought it knowing it had foundation problems in the rear right corner. The home had a poured concrete ...
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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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how to repair garage concrete threshold

I have a really badly cracked concrete floor at the garage's threshold, looks like the previous owner just slapped concrete on threshold, and it has broken in pieces. What is the right way to fix it? ...
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What do I have to do to prepare my garage floor for paint?

I'd like to paint my garage floor, possibly with textured paint. What do I have to do in order to get my garage floor, which is currently dirty and somewhat oily, ready for something like an epoxy-...
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How can I get my floor register to fit in the duct opening?

My duct opening is right next to the wall. I pulled out this old register to replace the baseboards but now I can’t fit it in the opening anymore. It seems like the existing duct gets in the way when ...
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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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How to remove bricks cemented on patio floor? Who do we hire? [closed]

My patio has some bricks cemented on top of older ones that I wish to remove. What kind of service do we need to hire for having the top bricks removed? Cement or mortar was used to set the bricks.
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How to remove stains from tile?

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into. Is there an easy way to remove this stain? Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? Or ...
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Can I overlay lumber perpendicular to floor joists to raise the floor height?

We have put our 2x6s joists down in our bathroom that is 2.45m by 1.45m. We realized that we are short by about 8cm, so we were thinking, is it a bad idea to put 2 by 6s flat I.e the 6 going ...
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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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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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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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Condensation between chair mat and rug in basement: a concern?

We have a 1960 two story colonial with a finished basement in New England. The basement floor is wall-to-wall rug, on a rug pad, on old vinyl tiles, and then a concrete slab; I assume there's no ...
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Joist not reaching the end

We are redoing a wet room on the ground floor and we have uncovered the floor boards. I'm looking at this and I'm totally baffled.... the joist doesn't even reach the end of the room... what's ...
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What is this12“x12” metal box in my basement floor?

I have a 12"x12" metal box that was under some 30+ year old tile in my basement. Does anyone know what this is here for, and should access be maintained to it? Under the metal it is ...
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Adding strongback bracing to an existing floor truss

I just bought a house built around 2006. The floor has a ~32' span supported by 24" deep trusses on 19.2" centers. The trusses do not have strongback bracing installed (well there is a 2x4 ...
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How to fix hardwood floor with wear from an office chair

I currently have a hardwood floor that is worn down by an office chair and it needs to be fixed, optimally without having to do the whole floor with a floor sander. As you can see in this photo: the ...
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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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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 can I protect a painted floor?

I want to paint my stairs, but I can't find "floor paint" in suitable colours. Can I use another kind of paint, and then give it a protective coating? What kinds of paint/protection would be ...
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option for hot sunroom floor

i have a sunroom, summer time sunroom can be hot over>100 F degree, laminate or vinyl planks which one is better and can tolerated hot weather?
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How to soundproof floor from neighbors below?

We live in an old building in an apartment owned by our family so we can renovate. We go to sleep early so while our house is quiet we can hear our neighbors walking, dragging furniture etc. I know ...
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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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What are my options for hardwood floor scratch and gouge repair?

I have a 10 month old puppy who recently discovered her (apparent) love for the taste of wood putty. There was a rather large knot hole that had been plugged and finished in our living room floor that ...
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Regular concrete as a floor leveler?

I have a small bathroom (6' x 7') that I want to lay tiles in. I'm on the ground floor of a 40 year old condo, so the floor is concrete. There's about 1/4" difference in height between the low ...
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“Quick & dirty” finish for a concrete subfloor

I am moving into a new home for 1-2 year period. It's an old office building and the landlord is flexible with how I decorate, as it will eventually be totally gutted and renovated. My 3 rooms are ...
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Seamless construction joints on concrete floor

By construction joints I mean the joints between a batch of concrete floor poured one day and the new work on a following day. What is the proper way to get the most seamless joints when making ...
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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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Can the kitchen sink waste pipe run from where it comes out of the concrete slab to the sink by running horizontally under the cabinet floor?

We are converting a peninsula into an island and need to move the kitchen sink. As a result the waste pipe in the concrete slab comes out in the front (see photos) instead of the back. We don't want ...
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Touch up my garage floor after applying epoxy coating

We put RustOleum epoxy floor paint on the garage floor. There were light streaks on it when it dried. We repainted the light spots and reapplied the sparkles. It looks like its not going darken to ...
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What causes and how to fix lifting floorboard?

It doesn't seem to want to lift up. I assume it is some sort of tongue and groove board because there are no nails or screws anywhere. When I press down on the lifted part with a lot of force it ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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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 ...
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Floor leveling compound ontop of glued-down laminate

There is floating LVP currently installed in my kitchen which needs to be replaced. Underneath it is glued-down laminate. There is a small section of the floor that dips down that I would like to ...
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Laminate flooring

Had to replace sub floors in mobile home. Installer said underlayment is not needed. New floors are moving up and down and creating problems. He also used 1/2 plywood and there was some past repairs ...
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Floor Support Repair

Slight sway in kitchen floor, I Removed a divider wall in a basement and discovered the previous homeowner had removed a staircase and filled in the entryway by adding 2"x 12' joists that are only ...
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What is happening to this wooden floor?

What is happening to this wooden floor and why? It's happening in various places, but not all over the floor. It's not even limited to where there is heavy traffic or where I have a chair on wheels. ...
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What happens if I paint a concrete floor without pre-treating it?

I recieved some free polyurethane/alkyd based floor paint and painted my garage floor (used as a woodworking shop). I did not pre-treat it in any way, just cleaned it. The workshop is relatively new (...
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Finishing Concrete basement floors

Alright! This is a 4 part question! I live in a new build in Ottawa Ontario and would like to finish my basement. Basement is below grade, and the house has been up for 6 months. 1 )I'm planning on ...
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New Garage floor paint

I am having a home built. I would like to paint the garage floor with Behr Granite Grip. Since it is a new home can I just sand and paint it? Thank you.
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How can I protect a shed floor from ground moisture?

I needed some sort of workshop/storage/playhouse, so I thought I’d build a shed with three sections: Workshop - 2.4m x2.4m Storage - 1.2m x 2.4m Playhouse - 2.4m x 2.4m Now I intend on turning the ...
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Fill gaps between vinyl floor

I installed this "click" vinyl, but there's one corner of my floor(concrete) that's uneven, because of that the vinyl doesn't click properly and there's a small gap. Can I just caulk this ...
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how to repair large crack going down length of garage?

My garage floor has a large crack in it that runs the entire length of the garage (approx. 20'). The crack is about 1/3 the way into the center of the garage. and a slab has sunken. my brother in law ...
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Where should I start laying nail down hardwood flooring and how do I make it straight?

I'm planning to install tongue and groove hardwood flooring in my living room, dining room, kithcen, hallway, and powder room. The longest unbroken length of floor runs from the front bay of the house ...
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Lead painted floor below current subfloor: can we leave the subfloor when replacing main floor?

The kitchen floor in our 1860 New England house has many layers. I count 5. We would like to replace the current floor. It's starting to break in many places and we hate it. Below our current floor is ...
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What are the options for mitigating problems with an asphalt garage floor

The house I purchased has a small detached garage that I use as a workshop and a place to store bikes. It is attached to a relatively long straight asphalt driveway. My question has to do with ...
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Term for hinge that allows trapdoor to rise and move aside while remaining near-level

What terms describe / can be used to locate a hinge that allows a trapdoor to rise and move aside while remaining near-level? I have a project where a cantilevered* shelf of 3/4 inch plywood will need ...
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Can someone help me to verify if my balcony can handle the load of a hot tub

I would like to place a hot tub on my balcony, and need help to double check if my floor joist can handle the load. I have have 2 x 12 floor joist @ 16" o.c. with 3/4" plywood decking and 1/2" ...
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Is this a reasonable way to create a crawlspace over a structural floor?

So, part of my thinking on "how to build a house" includes the use of a structural floor (slab) with a crawlspace framed atop it to provide space for, and access to, service runs. (Air handling ...

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