Questions tagged [flooring]

For questions regarding various types of floor coverings in general, including hardwood and laminate board, tile, carpet, and sheet flooring (linoleum/vinyl). For questions about the structure beneath this top layer, please see the "floor" tag.

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How can I deal with gaps under shoe moulding?

I just had my floors redone. Now I have a few problems with the base shoe moulding. The floor has sunk in the corners (house inspector said this was fine) and there are gaps beneath the moulding. They ...
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Solid wood flooring - Possible sub-floor issue

I am in the process of installing solid wood flooring in the living room and I have just removed the existing laminate flooring and underlay to find the concrete subfloor is in great condition except ...
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Can I use a flooring underlayment in conjunction with a LVP plank that already has an underlayment built-in?

I'm replacing an old LVP floor, which required an underlayment, with a new brand LVP that has an underlayment built-in. I'd think that to mitigate sound and vapor, a reasonable thing to do is to ...
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Installer Mixed MAPEI Primer T with Self Leveling Plus - Will it Work?

Installer is used to using RS LevelQuick, but I went to Lowes and bought MAPEI Level Plus and Primer T instead. Anyway, I saw he was mixing the bottle of Primer T with the Level Plus, he also said it ...
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Fixing/stopping crack in vinyl plank flooring

We have "luxury vinyl plank flooring" that was installed about 18 months ago by a the previous owner. I believe it's installed over the bare concrete slab are some cracks/ridges in the slab ...
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Unprotected embankment? [closed]

I am studying my first building custruction course and I got the an example house plan from the instructor and there is mention unprotected embankment here 640.25 .I couldn't understand what is meant ...
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Laminate flooring removal issue

I recently got water damage from an hvac unit flood and it went under our laminate hardwood floors warping them. As a result I have to remove a lot of the boards in order to access the damaged area. ...
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Uneven Subfloor in the 2nd story

I am installing laminate flooring in my 2nd story and have come across this in a hallway. The floors otherwise are pretty level, but there is a bad hump where these two pieces of plywood meet. About 1/...
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Thermal expansion nee contraction: installing subfloor in unfinished attic

I am working in an unfinished attic where the temperature exceeds 100F in Summer (now), and that will be stabilized to more normal temperatures once finished. I need to install the subfloor to be able ...
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Drying concrete subfloor after water damage before installing laminate

We had a recent water leak that caused water to seep under our laminate floor. I pulled all the flooring up and removed the moisture barrier to reveal our concrete subfloor, which was moist. It was a ...
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tiling a floor that is not flat

I want to tile a concrete floor that has 1950s tile already installed on part of it. The problem is, one edge is out of flat with a slope change of almost 1" in the last 2 feet. Other than that ...
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Subfloor and underlayment sizing for LVP glued down flooring

I've read many different topics on flooring but haven't seen an answer specific to my questions, so I'll post them here. Thanks for the help in advance! The back-story: I ripped up 40yr old carpet ...
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Should I seal my old hardwood floors under my new kitchen cabinets? [closed]

I'm renovating my kitchen, replacing the old kitchen cabinets which have been there for several decades. When I finished removing the bottom cabinets I found the same softwood floor underneath that is ...
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How do I remove old linoleum flooring adhesive?

I had 4 layers of old linoleum on my porch. I was able to remove it easily and get back to the plywood, but the first layer of adhesive remains. It is fairly smooth but there are places where the ...
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How would I deal with installing Pergo without baseboard molding in one area?

One of the sections of my floor runs alongside a stair railing and then a small raised tile area that used to be where my former wood stove sat. All told, this is about 15 feet long and then a 90 ...
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Laminate layout - Sanity check

I decided to be brave and try to lay laminate myself for the first time, since it's just one small room [14m2]. I measured all my walls and used Adobe Illustrator to create an outline of it, offset ...
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Why are the vinyl floor tiles in my bathroom lifting up?

Recently had to have a leak fixed in the bathroom which involved having the tiles around the bath/shower replaced, as well as a new shower screen installed as the old one had failed. House was built ...
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Easiest way to improve garage floor

My garage's floor is concrete. Its age is showing, so it several small holes and it is hard to keep clean. I'm trying to find the best option to improve it without a major expense. One option is to ...
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How to deal with a lumpy, uneven floor for vinyl?

We're undertaking the renovation of a 100+ year old house which had some 'work' (bodge jobs!) done to it back in the seventies by the previous owners. The whole kitchen-dining room floor slants ...
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Undercut saw or oscillating saw for cutting trim for flooring?

I have heard conflicting things about whether an undercut saw or an oscillating saw should be used to cut casings and baseboard trim when installing flooring. In a corner, it would seem an oscillating ...
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How can I remove grout residue from dark slate tile?

Before you start, yes, I did know that grout would be hard to remove from the slate. So did the guy doing the job, as I made sure that we discussed it before hand. I was of the impression that he ...
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Should I go with laminate if I have bouncy subfloor

I started the installation of a laminate and noticed that some parts of my 2nd floor subfloor is bouncing when I step on it. Even after I install laminate and take a step on it I still feel a little ...
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Sealing crack in concrete

I just recently bought a house with my spouse. At the floor level there is a closed veranda and the floor is made of concrete. My initial understanding was if the crack is just surface level, then ...
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Joist pulling away from center beam

I have 2x8x13 joists that sit on top of a 2x4 ledger that is nailed to a 6x8 beam. The ledger is sagging off the beam, pulling away 3/4 inch at the top àand sagging 3/4 inch below the beam. The joist ...
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Ran out of flooring

I just finished installing vinyl planks in a spare room with leftover flooring. I’m about 2” short on one wall. This vinyl plank is discontinued. Any idea on how to fill in this gap? Thank you!
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Same model hardwood doesn’t quite match?

We just moved into a house a couple weeks ago. The house previously had hardwood only through the hall/entryway. We got the previous owners to send us the receipt with exactly which model floor was ...
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How to fasten/glue plywood flooring to joists

I am in Indonesia, and have constructed a small mezzanine approximately 2.7m x 4.4m, 2.5m off the ground (roof is steeply vaulted, so there is still headroom). Construction is hardwood (bengkirai) ...
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Redo of hardwood floors didn’t remove all poly

I refinished my sunroom’s hardwood floors. It used to be an open porch. When I applied the poly, I noticed swirls and scratch marks and decided to redo them again. The floors are now even, polished ...
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Subfloor leveling

I have a ~200sq ft room that I would like to install vinyl plank flooring in. The concrete subfloor is not flat. The concrete generally slopes from North to South and from East to West. I believe this ...
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Fixing squeaky hardwood installed on furring strips

My 1928 Chicago bungalow has oak floors (maple in kitchen) mounted on top of thin wood strips which in turn rest on the subfloor. The floors creak and squeak in many places, though there are a few ...
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How can I make textured tiles pick up less dirt

After having them installed, I realized that the textured tiles that I chose pick up dirt off of shoes extremely easily. The dirt can be cleaned off with water and a little effort, but in order for ...
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How can I remove the finish of hardwood flooring before installation?

I bought 500 sq ft of used engineered hardwood flooring, about 7 inches wide. It is stained a very dark color and I'd like to sand off / remove the top layer to reveal the natural color. Any ...
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How to replace basement floor that has begun to rot?

The home I am moving into has a basement that seems to have a rotting wood subfloor. (Not sure if this is the correct term). There is a concrete base, and some inches above, what I suspect to be wood. ...
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Started putting ceramic planks in home and got as far as putting the uncoupling membrane. Question, can I pull the membrane up and reuse it elsewhere?

I got screwed. Paid someone to put ceramic tile in mobile home. He put self leveler down but he did not mix it correctly and it did not spread out and level out so the floor is not level and he ...
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Leveling carpeted floor without replacing carpet

I have an older house that's previously had some structural work done. The work was done a few years ago, however, I think there was some minor re-settlement in the subsequent months, causing the ...
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Cleaning beetle tracks in wooden floor during sanding

I'm renovating / rehabilitating a wooden floor, which is probably about 60 to 100 years old. I used a random orbital sander to clear a small section as a test, with this result: The problem is that ...
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Nailing Down a Floating Floor?

I am installing laminate tongue-and-groove floating floors in my kitchen with the aid of my Grandfather. I was always under the impression that a floating floor was just that - not pinned down by glue,...
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Installing Trim for new Vinyl Plank Flooring

So it looks like part of my house had the door trim installed after the carpet. I'm currently in the process of ripping the carpet up and installing vinyl plank flooring, and noticed the huge gaps. ...
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Installing Trim for new Vinyl Plank Flooring [duplicate]

So it looks like part of my house had the door trim installed after the carpet. I'm currently in the process of ripping the carpet up and installing vinyl plank flooring, and noticed the huge gaps. ...
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color match the nosing and the floor with correct stain color

How can identify the stain color I need to get for the nosing that I've installed to match it with the color of the floor on the left side. As you can see in the photo, I've stained the nosing with a ...
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Drying out my flooded kitchen

I came down this morning to see that a water pipe burst underneath my sink and there was an inch of water covering the whole of my kitchen floor. Oh no! I think it must have been spilling out water ...
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Undercut Metal Door Jambs

I am installing floating floors in a 1970s condo where the door frames are metal. Side jambs are right against the concrete subfloor with no gaps. I tried an oscillating tool with Bosch carbide-...
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Why are the areas (square footage) for carpet removal and for vinyl plank installation different?

I requested a quote (from Lowe's) to replace the existing carpet with vinyl planks. The area the quote uses to calculate the labor cost of installing the planks ("basic labor floating LVP/LVT&...
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What kind of bathroom floor is this, and how to remove it?

This floor is about 20 years old. It's some kind of fake plasticky tile (no seams between the tiles, looks like all one sheet) on top of a lighter gray papery material on top of a darker gray concrete-...
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Which Polyurethane for Industrial Loft Floor

I am planning to sand and polyurethane a floor in an industrial loft, my question is what poly to use.. water or spirit based, and is there anything elae that makes a difference in choice of poly? ...
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Questions about subfloor prepping for LVP

This is my first time installing LVP. The subfloor in this doublewide, for the most part, is in good condition but I have questions about a few areas in the subfloor that I am unsure how to handle. ...
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using deck screw instead of Yellow zinc construction screw?

Here in Canada I found the Deck Screws to be cheaper then the Yellow zinc construction screw. They are both Carbon Steel, and to my understanding, the coating on the deck screws are just more ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps and holes in the subfloor of a hardwood floor?

I've been pulling moulding and trim off and on for a few days for an upcoming custom closet install. The community was great in helping me to figure out ways to get the trim off the wall. I've ...
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Need to level OSB board for LVP, pros and cons of using roofing shingles?

I am looking into inexpensive options to level OSB for installing luxury vinyl planks. I read an article that talks about using roofing shingles to level out subfloors before installing hardwood. I am ...
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How to seal gym floor mats along the edges to protect your floors with knobbles facing downward?

My partner and I are about to furnish a large room with gym equipment. We recently moved into our new home and had the entire first floor tiled in porcelain 2x2 square feet tiles and love it. In the ...

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