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 is the down side to encapsulating my crawl space and installing a dehumidifier

Moisture and insulation are the main reason for considering encapsulating
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Can you install floor boards over a polished concrete floor?

If the floor is a polished concrete floor and you want to install floorboards is it safe to do so or are there steps that need to be taken first? I have not decided on the type of floor boards, its ...
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Building a 30x30 room in a 30x50 house?

Edit: I really appreciate all the replies, much food for thought. Below I will try to elaborate on a few things. I do have a design that I will post here in a minute. This house would be in a Northern ...
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How can I create an expansion gap for a floating floor around an impermanent column?

I'm doing a floating floor install in the basement (Uniclic cork planks) and there is usual requirement of 1/2 inch gap all around so the floor can expand and move. One complication I have is a ...
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Baseboard trim transition from carpet to LVP - Installation height

I am in the home stretch of finishing my basement and I'm ready to start hanging my baseboards this weekend. However, I am uncertain about the best way to handle the height of the baseboards based on ...
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is a concrete slab walkout basement above, below, or on grade? For material use purposes not square footage

I have a walkout basement with 1 long side and 1 shortside above grade... For material usage is this considered above/on grade? since the slab is not really below grade? I need something like: https://...
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How to seal old subfloor with coper sulphate preservative?

I purchased an old home a month ago. Slept there 3 different occasions for one night at a time and every time I felt unwell for days. Last time after removing the carpet I noticed copper green residue ...
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Wood filler between old and new hardwood strip flooring?

House was built in 1983 and had 2-3/4" strip flooring on most of the main floor. When we bought the house in Winter of 2020, we had the two remaining rooms stripped of carpet and had hardwoods to ...
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What should I use to fill the gaps in tile before placing luxury vinyl planks over them?

I'm installing luxury vinyl planks with an underlayment in my basement. They will go over top of an existing tile floor. I've heard mixed opinions on whether filling in the gaps in the tile is ...
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What can cause a crunching sound on floorboard on a concrete slab?

When walking through a house that is about 10 years old, I'm hearing an intermittent crunching sound as I walk across the floorboards. This is different to the creaking sound that I hear in some older ...
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Which kind of professional should I call to fix my creaking floor?

Landlord worries about me screwing through pipes that run under the flooring (though I wonder whether that concern is justified). I'm not terribly gifted in DIY anyway and I'm guessing this problem ...
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How to handle a floor drain with vinyl plank flooring

We want to put waterproof vinyl snap-together vinyl plank flooring in a new bathroom with a bare concrete floor. (We don't want to use adhesive.) My question is how do I install it around the floor ...
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Stone tile flooring with acoustic sound reduction requirement in condo

We just closed on a new condo and want to replace some of the old carpet with stone tiles. However, the HOA has a sound reduction requirement where the floors must pass acoustic testing with 55 IIC or ...
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Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine?

Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine that is present in carpeting and carpet padding? Specifically, human urine that has been present in carpeting and carpet padding for years.
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A bathroom floor turned super-slippery after 8 years

I have an 8 year old bathroom floor. It used to be just fine. But for the last half year or so, it turned into a super-slippery floor. No matter how many times I clean it, with whatever cleaning agent....
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Fixing chips on the edges of a basement slab

I'm planning on redoing the flooring in a basement room which has a concrete slab in a 1974 Seattle house. The current carpet, which I've already removed, will be replaced with LVP. After removing the ...
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Installing trim with carpet tack strips already installed?

I know that in general, trim should be installed first, followed by tack strips and then carpet. And typically I see something like having the trim be 3/8" to 1/2" off the floor and the tack ...
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Any way to fix luxury vinyl floating planks that keep coming apart?

I installed floating click-lock LVP (coretec pro plus) a year ago and In just one place, the edge between two planks slowly got wider. We tapped it back together from the end of the row, but after ...
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Drain Location for Washing Drain Pan

I have an upstairs laundry room that my plumber accidentally destroyed and is now replacing (new floor, plumbing changes, etc). I want to do things the right way but not overkill. This is less about ...
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floor heating from the basement ceiling

After I installed my mini split with a heat pump in my city rowhouse in the Midlantic region last winter, I noticed that the hot air from the wall mounted heads were not warming the floor on the first ...
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Stain yellowish square parquet floor to modern grey

I tried to do a DIY re-stain to my parquet floor this week, and rent a buff sanding machine to do the job. Here's the picture after sanding. (From the grain, I could not tell if it is pin or oak...) ...
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Should I use steel brackets for shed floor framing resting on sleepers?

I am building a 12’x14’ shed on a gravel pad I built. I am going to order the wood to start the shed floor this week and had a few questions. First my plan is to do 2x6 pressure treated(ground rated) ...
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How to tell oak from walnut flooring

How do I identify what kind of hardwood flooring this is by the grain?
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Electrical panel requirements for in-floor heating?

I have the unenviable task of replacing a floor (or three) in my home in the coming weeks/months. We are considering a mix of tile and solid hardwood. It appears that it is possible to retrofit in-...
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Does DMX 1-Step underlayment need to be screwed down onto concrete?

I am looking to use DMX 1-Step dimpled underlayment in my basement for a finishing project. I looked at the installation checklist and it does not seem to mention anything about how it attaches to ...
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Peel and stick vinyl on existing tile - how to best level the tile floor for installation?

I knew installing peel and stick vinyl planks on uneven surfaces was a bad idea, but I decided to go ahead anyway (big mistake). It looks a lot worse than I originally expected, as the bulge is very ...
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How to adhere rubber threshold to flooring

We have horse stall mats that meet LVT. I have a rubber threshold that requires me to glue it down. What is the least intrusive product should I use to adhere it down to the flooring without make a ...
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Temporary washing machine installation

I had a plumbing leak that took out my laundry room floor. I had a custom ceramic tile floor that had a drain in the middle to catch leaks. Now the floor is removed and I'm left with only the ...
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LVP plastic crackling (not loud) sound

We are in a process of installing (~1100ft) ESPC/LVP floors over the OSB subfloor and noticed that when you walk sometimes(!) it's making a plastic crackling sound (not loud, but still noticeable with ...
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Best way to correct one inch dip in middle of second floor master?

We’re installing hardwood flooring in our second floor master bedroom. House was built in 1993. When we pulled off the carpet we realized the floor dips in the middle. The room is 18 ft (north-south) ...
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Insulating and leveling sunroom floors

We have an old, 1911 house in Minnesota. Our front room is a converted porch which is drafty and quite sloped. Our plan is to rip up the old linoleum floors, get down to the joists, and essentially ...
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LVP flooring in a room with a concrete wall

I'm thinking about installing LVP in a room in my basement that has a concrete wall. All tutorials I've watched talk about hiding the space between the walls and the floor panels with baseboard ...
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How to find a match for this laminate flooring

A previous owner installed laminate flooring in a couple of rooms, and I'd like to find an exact match to this flooring so I can install in another adjacent area. There are a couple of spare boards ...
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Does The thin PVC Flexible skirting goes well on parquet?

I am currently placing a parquet (Oiled Engineered Wood Flooring) in my home which contains several walls which are rounded, (the sharper round has around radius of 1m) For the skirting I would need ...
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How can I deal with squeaky floorboards under carpet?

I have a thick carpet but my floor still squeaks. It’s not the plywood under the carpet; it’s the floorboards themselves. What’s the best way to lift the carpet so I can screw down the floor boards ...
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How to remove marks left by robovac

I started using a robovac in my house, and today I noticed it leaving strange marks on the wood plank floor (see below). I wanted to ask if anyone has any suggestions on how to fix these marks. ...
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Engineered wood vs. Laminated wood for living room and kitchen floors

If the total cost is the same, which wood is better? Engineered wood? Or Laminated wood? The sales tried to convince me to do Laminated. But I want to make sure the wood I chose will add value to my ...
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How should I temporarily remove OSB subfloor in order to re-use the material when I replace it?

I need to remove an OSB sub-floor from the floor joists in my walk-in closets in order to gain access to a concrete slab that is below the joists. I will be replacing the subfloor after repairs are ...
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Reinforcing a Subfloor Before Installing Tile

I want to reinforce my bathroom subfloor before I install Hardiebacker and tile. The original construction is 4-in X 6-in beams 4-ft O.C. with 1 1/8-in T&G plywood spanning the beams; there are ...
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leveling replacement tile

I have just complete an area of tile where 99% of tile is great, but I have a tile with a lippage that bother me. I'm willing to pull up the tile and replace it but is there a way to level it with the ...
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How to Undercut Walls for Floating Floor Between 2 Concrete Walls

I'm laying down NuCore LVP floating plank floor in a room with concrete/brick walls on either side and was wondering if it's possible to slide both sides of the floor into my undercuts. I have done ...
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How to trim ends of floor boards already installed?

To the left in this photo is a laundry closet with a (dirty, sorry) tile floor. The wood floor boards outside the closet end a few inches short of the tile inside the closet. . I want to saw off the ...
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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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