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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What type of flooring is this? [closed]

I want to get this for my backyard but dont know what thia flooring is? Could someone advise? Thanks
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Laying flooring over existing ceramic tile with radiant (hydronic) heat?

We have approximately 4k sq. feet of ceramic terracotta-look tile (late 1980s). We've been wanting, now needing, to update the house but this tile has kept us from doing it. We have a large great room,...
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Would it be safe to fill the gap between the engineered hardwood and an integral metal door jamb?

As part of a renovation, I had new engineered hardwood flooring installed in most of my apartment. They installed skirting board to cover almost all gaps between the wall and the floor, but there are ...
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Is mosaic tile a poor choice for a bathroom floor?

I selected 2x2-inch mosaic tile (Daltile octagon/dot) for the bathroom floor in a small bathroom. The installer pushed back. He said that no floor is level, and that larger format tiles will feel ...
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Quick Shine polish left haze on floor [closed]

I used this product and it caught all of the dust and now I can’t get it off of my floors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this stuff off?
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Can I directly power a warmfloor heating wire with mains power for testing purposes?

Sometimes on a jobsite the lighting will be wired up but the lightswitches have not been installed yet ... so you drag a live extension cord up to the wall and stab the romex hot/neutral in and ... ...
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Is this cracked tile bathroom floor repairable?

BACKGROUND: 1942 brick home with crawlspace. Bathroom was added sometime between 1950-1970. The crack has been there for at least 20 years (likely more), and I'm guessing it was caused by insufficient ...
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How to transition between two engineered woods in different rooms with no bulky transition strip

I had engineered wood installed in entryway 3 years ago. I would like to change carpet in adjoining living-dining room to engineered wood that is same height and width just slightly different color. I ...
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Can I safely attach 7/16 OSB to particle board, and then put a floating floor on top?

I bought a condo (900 sq ft) that was carpeted (now all removed along with baseboard and all kitchen cabinets and appliances). Under the carpet is particle board. There are many uneven spots (...
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How to support hardwood floors with no existing subfloors to prevent squeaking in 100-year-old home

This is a follow up question to this old thread: Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor The house has hardwood floors installed directly on floor joists and the floors are ...
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Threshold for floating floor on 2x4s [closed]

I am renovating my garage to add a bedroom. The flooring is laminate wood / LVT, on top of 1/2" subfloor, on top of 2x4s - for the purpose of keeping the floor off the concrete. The contractor is ...
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Joist spacing for OSB subfloor and solid oak flooring?

I'm going to install 3/4" solid red oak hardwood upstairs, but the subfloor is old, creaky, and needs to be replaced. The floor joists are spaced 24" OC (on center), and change direction in ...
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Is it appropriate to install OSB over tile to install LVP? [closed]

I am looking for some advice on getting LVP installed. We have an area of about 2000 sf where we want to install LVP. The area is currently a mix of flooring consisting of a mix of tile, laminate, and ...
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Which LVT technology is better for underfloor heating

We are in process of building a house. Now we are in the state where we need to choose the flooring. We have two LVT options to choose from. One is glue down LVT which is 2mm thick, the other one is ...
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Can 23/32 advancetech subflooring be installed over 3/4 wood plank subfloor?

We are working on laying vinyl plank flooring. After getting the carpet up, we found that the subfloor was particle board with glue stuck all over it, so we decided to rip it up and go with 23/32 ...
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How can I handle this sloped laminate flooring transition? [duplicate]

We have recently converted our garage into a room and have a slope between the hallway and the new room (previously garage) because the new floor is higher due to insulation and screed depth. We opted ...
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Chipped floor planks keep snagging my socks

In my home office, there are parts of the floor that seem to be chipped off. Their pointy edges keep catching my socks when I walk by. How would you solve this problem? Ideally the solution would not ...
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Filling the holes for a concrete slab

There are two holes occured on 1st floor slab which are irregular in shape and able to see the ground floor which are having beams between it. How to fill those holes without disturbing the slab???
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Laying LVP on a room notch

I have a room that is shaped like this: ┌──────────────────────────┐ │LVP -> │ │ │ ┌────────┘ │ │ ...
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Adding 1/2" to 1" height to slab cheaply, then finishing with 1/4" self-leveler

TLDR: I want to level the floor using self-leveling compound, but I need to bring the overall price down. I'm looking for ideas about how to cheaply (and quickly/roughly) raise the low spots to just ...
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How long should I let a concrete repair dry before laying carpet?

I recently had to repair a very small area (roughly a 2 ft wide x 1 ft rectangle) of my basement concrete floor after a water pipe repair. This area will have carpet installed over the concrete. The ...
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Flange is 2 inches below flooring level. Help!

We have two toilets that are leaking because the flange is about 2 inches lower than the flooring. A plumber came out and put in three wax seals on each toilet, but it is still leaking. I asked the ...
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Should I use underlayment when installing laminate flooring with pad attached

Pergo brand flooring with the attached underlayment. When installing should I use any additional underlayment?
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What is underneath the original bath tile in my 1950s home?

My home is a pier and beam 1950s home. I recently had a water leak and it damaged the flooring in my bathroom. I pulled it up, and it turns out there are several layers of flooring, all of which have ...
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How do I approach replacing subfloor in a small space (23 sq. ft.)?

I’ve undertaken redoing my laundry room in a house I bought as-is. Yesterday, the plumber came to remove the washer and dryer, which were sitting on a loose piece of plywood on top of the floor- ...
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Room transition for glue down installation of 3mm LVT [duplicate]

I am installing 16" square 3mm thick glue down LVT in bathroom. There's a closet off the bathroom with a door. The current floor is ceramic tile. There's currently no transition from bathroom ...
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Should I discard all flooring in a package containing mold?

I've bought 4 packs of engineered floor boards, made of a multi-ply core. Today I've received the floorboards, and in one pack, one board had mould on the 'back' side. See picture below (the picture ...
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Can I remove and replace blocking that's pushing up on subfloor, causing hump?

Over the summer (in humid Louisiana), we witnessed a hump emerge (about 0.5" from high point to the low point a few feet away) in our kitchen in our relatively new house. Very annoying. I went ...
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Vinyl Plank laid on top of wet adhesive: Will it ever dry?

I laid down the glue and troweled it out then laid down the tile before glue was tacky. Will it ever dry? Or will it continue to seep up through the cracks?
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Converted garden shed with concrete floor is wet during rainy season

We converted a small garden shed, about 8' x 12' into a small free-standing office space. It works great for that purpose, except the floor (concrete pad) seems to wick water if it rains too much. We ...
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Can I shoot a floating floor with a nailgun to hold it down better?

I recently bought a new spec home and the builder installed a very cheap carpet there. I decided to install a floating 5/8" thick engineered hardwood instead, and after it was installed, I ...
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How the fix damaged subfloor over vent?

1946 house with all the wonders of years of questionable home renos, of which I am the latest in line. When I moved in I pulled the carpets for the lovely hardwood beneath but the carpet hid cracked ...
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Should I add a plywood underlayment between my chipboard subfloor and new wood floorboards I want to install?

Question I’d like to remove carpet in a bedroom, and install a 14mm thick engineered oak floor instead. (The floor boards will have a multi-ply core, like these ones). Between the chipboard subfloor ...
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Is it normal for screed to be laid on sharp sand?

I've had to dig up some pipework in a 1970/80s house (in the UK). The screed layer (the top layer) appears to be have been laid on about an inch of sharp sand. Is this normal? If so why? Just curious ...
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Office carpet tiles / Remove trim and do vinyl trim?

I have 3400 Sq ft of mostly offices, and the space is trimmed out with residential composite painted baseboard . The floors were carpeted with broadcloth carpet and tack strips. We want to put in ...
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Floor Leveling/Finishing Options [closed]

I'm considering a few different options for leveling and refinishing an old floor and I'm looking for second opinions. The floor is roughly 13'x28' on the top 3rd floor of a ~120 year old row house. ...
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What is this type of subfloor (mesh and stone?) and what's the easiest way to remove it?

I removed some tiles today and found not just thinset and an underlayment but a few layers of mesh and what appear to be stones or concrete. What is this, why was this used and is there anything ...
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Why was my flooring not run through the door opening?

The flooring installed was cut not extending through the doorway (Modern LVP tongue and groove flooring). Why it was not extended through? My best guess is because of the height difference in both ...
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How can I fix chips out of painted fiberboard crown moulding and baseboards?

I have a chip on my baseboards around a corner. Can it be fixed or is it better just to replace these pieces all together? All comments are appreciated thank you.
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How to raise floor to 5cm?

I have a 35 year old 18mm softwood floor raised on top of 3cm tall sleepers on a prefab concrete floor (insulated in the crawlspace by about 8cm EPS). I'd like to replace it with a new floor but I'd ...
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Can I use collated deck screws with regular drill?

It seems that the screws are only sold collated - Simpson Strong-Tie. The driver tool is like $500. Can I just use a regular drill? I wish to better attach my subfloor before putting down ...
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Karndean over underlay

I'm laying Karndean Korlok planks. I've taken out the engineered wood floor I'm replacing. I have a Tredaire underlay below over the concrete, that for acoustic insulation. It's 6mm thick rubber. Do I ...
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Peel & stick vinyl plank adhesive squeeze out ...reoccurring issue

I installed peel & stick vinyl plank over sheet vinyl three years ago. Pleased with the look but continue to have adhesive squeeze out. I use goo gone to remove the goo but it's back again every ...
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How do I fill the gap between Hardibacker floor and tub wall before tiling?

When tiling bathroom floor, I left a 1/4" gap between Hardiebacker and the tub wall. I'm planning to fill this with backer rod and silicone caulk. I'd like to leave only 1/8" between TILE ...
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Installed LVP on subfloor, but there are slight divots

I recently installed luxury vinyl plank in our kitchen. Prior to the installation, there was a section of hardwood and a section of carpet. I took out the hardwood so that I would be able to have a ...
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Can I build a fireplace over my LVP?

We're going to be building out a fireplace wall in our family room and currently have LVP laid down. The new wall will come out from the existing wall 6-9" and will be about 80" wide. The ...
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Leveling old floor for LVP planks [closed]

Here is my kitchen rennovation. About 240 sqft, 5/8 plywood subfloor. I Put in almost 500 flooring screws beside the nails, not glued down. 36 year old home, dimentional lumber in Brampton Ontario. ...
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How should I repair a 2-1/4" notch in the bottom of a 2x8 floor joist?

I have a floor joist that is notched about 7 inches away from the bottom plate. The joist is a 2x8 (7 1/4) The hole is about 2.25 inches so I added a sister joist and the hole in that is probably 1.8 ...
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Furring Strips for Floor

I need 5/8" furring strips for floor. Should I plane down 3/4" boards or cut strips of 5/8" plywood? Probably same cost when all is done. Pros and cons?
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How can I create a transition piece for my custom penny floor to hardwood?

My fiancé and I did a project of turning our kitchen floor into a penny floor. Whether we should have or not, we put the floor on top of the previous laminate floor. This meant a layer of floor ...
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