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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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House slightly uneven floors almost everywhere

I recently purchased a 2050 sq ft. house 1 story, built in 2000, in North Dallas. We had a general inspection done on it, and the disclosure didn't mention any foundation issues, also all the doors ...
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What should I do with an unfinished parquet floor during a two-year rental?

I'm renting an apartment and I've just moved in. The apartment's floor is a wooden parquet floor and it appears to have been polished/sanded but it doesn't seem to have any sort of finish on it, so I ...
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Preparation for laminate floor went south

So I've setup few laminate floors so far, and I'm no expert at this but this is what I like to do in my spare time. So I've got a condo in which there were carpets and I teared out those and all ...
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How can I correct a crowned floor joist?

In my son's bedroom there is a raised spot in the floor along one of the joists. I went into the crawlspace with a level and that joist is bowed up about 3/4" to 1" compared to the other joists on ...
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How level should a new floor be?

How out-of-level or out-of-plane does a floor need to be before it is noticeable? Many of the houses I've lived in have floors that are out-of-level, visible to the naked eye. At what point does that ...
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What types of flooring can be used with electric radiant heat?

I am considering converting an old enclosed sleeping porch into a usable room year round (in Ohio). Currently the floor is a big slope to allow for drainage when it was still open, obviously I want ...
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Proper subfloor for hardwood in a renovation

I'm doing some work on the 2nd floor of a 1955 cape. The subfloor is 3/4" tongue and groove planks and there are 3/4" (maybe 5/8") fir plywood sheets installed over that. The sheets are... odd... ...
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Will using a paint or sealer on a concrete floor damage it?

I live in a 1st floor flat (relatively new build) that has concrete underneath the carpet. I'd like to remove the carpet and treat the concrete and have concrete floor. The floor seems pretty solid ...
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Do tile floors have transition joints at the entry to each room?

Hello I have a question regarding setting down some tiles. I tried researching the topic but I was unsuccessful. I posted a picture of the rooms that i will be setting down tiles. Which consist of 4 ...
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Storing ladder below subfloor in kitchen

My kitchen height is 9 feet. To maximize storage, I am planning to have cabinets all the way upto ceiling. To avoid lugging in a ladder all the time, I am planning to build storage under subfloor. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tiling floor in porch and entry hall

I need to tile the floor in the porch and entry hall (total area about 3 sq m). The problem is that once the tiles are laid, it should stay undisturbed for at least 12 hours (better 24). This is where ...
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Vacuum sucked in some of the grout between tiles, how to fill the gap?

I was vacuuming these tile floors and the grout came off. Should I fill it with cement? Is it damaging to leave it like this, should I not mop it?
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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Will layered roofing paper help level a floor?

We plan to have a contractor install new hardwood over existing heart pine that is not refinishable. An area of one room is unlevel in this 100+ year-old house. At least one flooring contractor ...
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How to separate wooden shelf support from concrete floor

I am going to build some garage shelves. One long edge will be supported by horizontal battons fixed to the wall. The other long edge will have battons supported by vertical wooden legs. The vertical ...
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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 and high ...
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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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Dye laminate which lost its color because of detergent

A bottle of detergent for toilets leaked on my laminate for 3 days. The laminate became filled with it on a small area (less than 10cm²). The floor lost its colors and it slightly tinted in blue (the ...
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How to level an old cement floor?

I have an old garage where I want to make an office. The floor is not 100% leveled and has some holes. I read about self leveling material for the floor. Is this something one can apply? is it easy? ...
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Access 2nd-story burst hydronic pipe through ceiling or floor?

We had a freeze which caused one or more bursts in our hydronic heating system pipes. We know that there is one burst in a radiator, but there may be others, according to the contractors. If there is ...
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Installing baseboards

I'm putting in baseboards in my kid's bedroom and have only been able to find the profile I want in MDF. I would prefer wood as I understand it is more durable. I've gotten conflicting information re ...
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How do I lay joists over a complex-sloped basement floor

I am helping a friend install a bathroom in his basement. The basement floor is partially rock which has been covered in plastic vapour barrier and then covered in a thin layer of concrete. (The ...
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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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What header joist sizes do I need for a loft bed?

I've decided to design and build a king-sized loft bed for our bedroom. Basically, I've got an 80" x 89" frame, 54" off the floor, covered with slats instead of plywood (see image, below). I'm sure I'...
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bathroom size, will everything fit?

Does anyone know of a website where you can given the dimensions of your bathroom and see how they would arrange your tub, shower, vanities and toliet?
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What should I do immediately after a clean water flood to minimize damage?

Today, we went out of the house for about an hour and when we came back the whole kitchen was flooded. Turned out the cold water soft connection for the kitchen sink had somehow disconnected (?). We ...
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Peel & stick tiles for temporary floor covering over chip board?

We recently had a toilet tank crack. I caught it within two hours. stripped the carpet and foam underlay from the affected hallway, vacuumed up the water, and had a fan on the chip board all within ...
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How can I take out dog diarrhea stain from unfinished pine floor?

My fog had an accident a few days ago on the unfinished pine floor we have in the living room. After cleaning it wish basic cleaning products it left quite a stain. I would appreciate any kind of ...
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Floor joist splices appear inadequately reinforced

The following picture shows that the floor joists in this house are butt-spliced where they rest on top of a large beam. These joists are 2" x 6" Douglas Fir, and the end of each floor joist is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...