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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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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Why is it so cold downstairs?

My house has a concrete slab foundation and the floor in the kitchen and living room is all tile. It is always freezing downstairs in the winter and I'm wondering if this is due to the floor or maybe ...
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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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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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What to do about gap in bottom of plasterboard wall when fitting floating floor (UK)

I have removed the skirting boards in my new build house, as I am going to fit engineered wood floor via the floating method. The issue I have is that after removing the skirting, I was presented ...
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How can I seal a two inch gap in the floor along a wall?

I have almost a 2 inch gap between my wooden floor and wall in the apartment I am renting. I think the dust down there is causing me allergies and I’m worried about the cold AC air escaping down there....
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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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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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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 ...
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Tiling on a wooden floor

I'm currently working on tiling my bathroom but because of water damage the floor has distorted. The subfloor is chipboard and is crowning up to 7mm. How do I go about levelling the wooden floor ...
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How should I strengthen my floor joists that are too small?

I have a house that is 120yrs old. The floor joists on the ground floor are only 74mm x 55mm and spaced 350mm on centres. The brickwork that holds up the floor joists is pretty rough and doesn't have ...
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Can I replace a hardwood floor board without replacing the entire floor?

I have a piece of floor that expanded and is popping up due to some water damage (attached photo). Is it possible to just take out the piece and trim it down to make it fit? Or would I need to ...
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What code book do I refer to to find the proper repair for a broken wooden floor joist in Arkansas?

The sister joist was not installed properly and the floor is sagging; trying to convince boss it is truly an issue that simply "hitting the sister joist with a sledge hammer" won't fix..please send me ...
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Does my vanity's sink need to be offset from the bottom-exit drain pipe?

I am installing a new sink/vanity in a older house. The drain pipe for the sink is down through the floor (as is the water supply lines) and not in the wall. When I position the new vanity, do I need ...
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How to fill a large gap between tile and shower tub to ensure waterproof gap

I incorrectly tiled my bathroom walls, leaving a 3/8 inch gap between the subway tiles and the shower floor tub. I have purchased some back rod roll to help with caulk fill. Before I put all this ...
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how do I protect a new engineered wood floor from sofa wheels

I'm getting a new engineered wood floor fitted next week and have an existing sofa with castor wheels at each corner. What's the best protection from damaging the floor? I don't want to put a mat ...
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How to Remove Burn Marks from pvc floor

As you can see on photos there are some burn marks. Really hot moka pot dropped down and I want remove them.What would you suggest me? P.s.: I am actually not sure if flooring is pvc P.s:.I thought ...
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Leveling a bathroom floor - toilet in the low spot

We are upgrading the bathroom and the floor (ceramic tile over installed over plywood) is out of level and the low spot is around the toilet. I had thought of using floor leveler but I now don't think ...
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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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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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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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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 is the best low maintenance finish for a hardwood floor

Home made mesquite flooring. What is the best floor finish? Low traffic but subject to spills...this is for the man cave. Installing diy mesquite floor tiles, 4 - 6" width, random lengths. Aprox 1/...
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Where to install underfloor heating under tile; thinset layer or concrete?

Putting in either a thermal wire/mesh (SunTouch) type underfloor heater or carbon film under tile. The subfloor is OSB. Going to pour 3/4" of LevelQuik Self-Leveling Concrete (replacing Gyp-Crete ...
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Concrete Floor for 400 Gallon Water Tank

I am planning to build a concrete slab on a soil surface to hold a 400 gallon water tank (Shown Below). I want to make it 7' x 7'. It should hold about 3,500 lbs. Would I need to put in rebar? I've ...
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Installing Porcelain tile over linoleum floor

I'm considering installing porcelain tile over an existing linoleum floor. I've had several contractors come out and they confirmed it would be fine to do and suggested it (I know many posts ...
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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Refinishing wood floor [duplicate]

We had our floors refinished and there are still separations between the boards. The company claims that it's due to the original installation of the floor and are not fixing it any further. Is it ...

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