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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Partial insulation of suspended timber floor possible?

We live in a Victorian terraced house and will be putting tiling down in the hallway. I’d like to know whether at the same time we should also do something to improve the insulation of the floor. ...
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Saggy around sistered floor joist, how to fix?

Our house has a single floor joist that has been sistered running down the center of the kitchen. Sounds great except for the part where all the other floor joists have sagged a little bit and now ...
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Can I replace my bathroom's floor tile before replacing the tub?

I am doing a complete upgrade in a bathroom. Money is a huge factor. But, I'd rather hire a contractor to rr the tub surround (currently one piece). I'll do everything else myself. Can I put a tile ...
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Heated flooring under subfloor

I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation here. New (old) house + slow drain + airhead teenage daughter = flooded 2nd floor bathroom. It flooded so bad that the ceiling in my entryway ...
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How Are My Stair Openings Framed (60s side-split)

I'm looking to run some electrical & CAT5 in my place as well as potentially some larger projects such as removing some partition walls. As a precursor to this I decided to model my house in ...
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Is joist blocking safe on these old warped joists?

I purchased a house built in 1960 and like other people have mentioned the terrible bounce, I got the same exact situation. I'm thinking of installing blocking to strengthen the floor. The 7 joists ...
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What causes popping in new wood floor when furnace turns on?

I just had new solid wood floors installed and i hear popping where the floor meets my kitchen wall each time the furnace turns on (lasts for about 3 minutes). what causes the popping and how do I ...
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How should I frame a small void in my floor system to support subfloor?

After tearing out the old subfloor in my half bathroom (due to water damage) I am replacing it with 3/4 in (2 cm) plywood. One side overhangs from the last joist about 9 in (22 cm) to the wall, and ...
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Is it possible to fix this swollen floor?

First of all sorry for my English. I've built a playhouse for my kids: I've painted it using this: The construction took me maybe more than 3 months (this was my first attempt to cut a wood and ...
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Should I protect a shipping container from direct contact with the ground?

I'd like to buy a shipping container (something like the picture below) for my plot of land. However I heard some people saying that it can't go directly on the lands earth (don't know if it is true ...
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Steps to renovate uneven oak tiled Parquetry on cement?

I have Romanoff oak parquetry on the floors, new one shown here with 160mm tiles. The floor is uneven. The old parquetry in the pictures has become a bit dark that I want to polish besides filling the ...
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How do you install a floating floor on stairs?

I purchased a vinyl plank flooring to put in my basement and replace the old carpet down there. I would like to put this flooring on the stairs - but it is a floating floor. How can I keep it in place?...
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How can I extend a floating floor that was previously terminated at a wall?

We have had an extension on our house and have bought the same laminate flooring that already exists and flows through the hallway, dining room and living room. We now have a new, 5x6m kitchen/diner ...
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How to fix holes in linoleum so that I can lay down sticky tiles over it

My kitchen floor has old linoleum. I want to put down sticky tiles over the old linoleum. The linoleum has a few holes. Is there something that I can use to caulk the holes before putting down the ...
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Protect hardwood floor from bed posts?

I have carpet in a bedroom that I am thinking of replacing with a hardwood floor, but the bed has big wooden feet and they might scuff the floor. Is there a standard way to protect the floor? Maybe a ...
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How to repair the grout on the floor

Should I replace the damaged floor or just the grout? What kind of grout do you suggest and how to proceed? Thank you.
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Goop under carpet padding

We're pulling up carpet in a new-to-us house. There's a beautiful hardwood floor underneath that is in great shape except that there's some red/brown sticky goop spots left behind by the carpet ...
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Repairing damage on the floor

I dropped a beer glass and got a damage on the floor around 2.5 cm long. I am not sure about the material on the floor because the damage looks more like that something is peeling off. If it had been ...
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Why does the GFCI protecting my in-floor heat trip when the bath fan is switched on?

I have an under floor heating pad to heat the bathroom floor . It has a thermostat with a built in GFI in it and trips only when you turn off the bath fan . How can I correct this
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How to fix joist hangers where joist is not fully on seat of hanger

This is an old house and pictures show the framing and joists around a stairway opening. Compared to the “before” picture, you can see that the wood was removed from both sides of the double header. ...
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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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Selecting proper tiles for the floor in the hall [closed]

NB. I'm a total noob when it comes to home improvement so it's both fine and preferred to answer me like if I'm a retarded banana. Understanding my ignorance I have a lot of respect for the competence ...
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Is it a residential building requirement to caulk between a bathroom tile floor and a wood base?

Is it a residential building requirement to caulk between a bathroom tile floor and a wood base? I live in Snohomish County, WA.
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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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What is the best way to trim edges off of hardwood floor where wall was removed?

I have removed a wall from a closet that was backed up against another closet to make it a walk in. I would like to run hardwood perpendicular to the current pattern in the gap where the wall was. I ...
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Protecting a hardwood floor from metal chair feet

I have a couple of barstools and a recently refurbished hardwood floor and I suspect that they might not get along. Any ideas on things I could fix to the bottom of these feet or other solutions? ...
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Laying used laminate floating floor

We had a water leak in our basement. We removed the laminate floating planks. We have let them dry out for weeks while we redid the walls. We are now beginning to relay the flooring. It isn’t going as ...
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Raise Stepdown Living Room

I am needing to raise my sunken living room 7" to be flush with existing floor. All the outlets and windows are fine as is and the cieling is vaulted so that isnt an issue. Right now there is a ...
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How do I best protect my hardwood floors from damage by moving chair legs

I have beautiful oak wood floors in my kitchen. Its looking wonderful since I finally found something great to clean it with. The problem I have though is an ongoing one. I have wood kitchen chairs ...
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Kickplate or grout first? [closed]

I have small, decorative tiles just in front of my kitchen cabinets. However, my cabinets sit on a 2x4 platform to raise them and I need to put in a kickplate to cover the wood. Should I grout first ...
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Able to / good way to cover / handle cleanout in the floor

I am trying to install vinyl plank flooring in my basement and the cleanout is right in the middle of the floor unfortunately. Am I able to cover it and/or is there a good way to handle putting the ...
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Do I need a subfloor or a Dricore subfloor panels on concrete (basement) for ceramic tile?

I'm trying to do the most intelligent, yet cost efficient method to tiling by concrete basement floor. On some sites, it states to use a subfloor, with the underlayment. Others it states to just ...
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How can I remove / replace this OSB floor?

I would like to update the flooring in a carpeted room, replacing the carpet with hardwood. I've removed the carpet, carpet padding, and tack carpet strips. Underneath the carpeting was OSB ...
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Leveling bathroom floor with purlins (surface shims, leveling strips)under tub [duplicate]

I have a small 5 x 11 bathroom in 1961 coop/condo, wood subfloor (pictured) is not level. We don’t think water damage just building settling. This is a gut job, all fixtures being replaced. Would it ...
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Attic Floor Joist - Structurally Secure

I am helping my son remodel the 70 year old house that he just purchased. He is planning on expanding on the attic on his second floor. The current ceiling joist are 12'- 2"x6" with the old plaster ...
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Ideal approach to level a 6x8 ft bathroom?

I am in the slow process of remodeling a small bathroom. The room is roughly 50 square feet. I am down to the bare joists and have 3/4" plywood that I'm about to screw down with 3" screws. After that, ...
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Track Sagging Floor Over Time

We recently moved some furniture around in our 100+ year old house, and it's drawn attention to the fact that some of our floors aren't 100% level. I can't really tell if this is something that's new,...
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Floor Load Guidelines For Second Floor Bookcases

I am considering moving a large number of books in bookcases to a second floor room, and I am confused by the application of live load to this situation. Each case has a 2.3 square foot footprint, ...
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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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Why are boards replaced in a laminate floor duller than the others?

We recently had to replace several planks. We used what we had left over from the initial installation. Those boards are dull and I'm unable to get it to the same finish as the original. Any ideas ...
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Add tile to kitchen floor, eveness problem

My current kitchen floor has a plywood subfloor with glued on vinyl tiles. It would be better to have a mortar bed with ceramic tiles, but if I do this, it will add about an inch and a half to the ...
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Filling large hole in concrete floating floor

I have a big hole in my kitchen floor (inserting a beam and post to take down a load bearing wall), and I'm now left with having to fill this hole (after dumping around 300 mm of concrete on the post ...
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How do I patch a subfloor over a return duct cavity

I need to patch these holes in the subfloor where the vents are. These holes are from a return vent that is being moved, the joist cavity below these holes is a return duct. I'm assuming using ...
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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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Is sand mix concrete appropriate for a shower floor?

I am looking to have the floor in the shower fall in a single-direction towards to a linear drain, I'm planning to have a fall from 50mm (finished floor level) to 35mm (drain height) over 1400mm, ...
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Making an attic space into walkin closet

I have an attic space which is on top of my living room and 13'X20' size. I am trying to convert this space into a walk in closet. It has 14, 2x4’s joists spacing 16” on center on 13’ direction. It ...
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Leveling options for bumpy basement floor

I have a 125 year old townhouse with a large (700 sq ft) basement. We had waterproofing done (vapor barrier, perimeter drains, sump pumps) last year that dried everything out and made the space usable....
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Floor heat cables under linoleum flooring?

everyone. Is it possible to lay heat cables on a bathroom floor before I lay down linoleum. We would like to help create some warmth in the winter. Given our current situation I don't think it's ...
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Half-inch Gap between wall and floor in second floor bedroom

I moved a bookcase today was surprised when I looked at the wall. There was a 1/2" gap between the wall and the floor (see photos). The bookcase was not heavy, only used to hold kids games. It was ...
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Oscillating or Drum Floor Sander

I'm refinishing the floors in a 4 bedroom house, built circa 2003. The house is roughly 1800 sqft total. The 4 bedrooms have pine floors, while the living room and the hallway are some sort of ...

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