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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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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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Wood floor Transition Strip

I’m working room-by-room in my house removing old wood flooring and installing new Cali Bamboo flooring. Because Bamboo expands and contracts so much, the manufacturer suggests using transition ...
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What kind of adhesive should be used to install marble tile?

Looking to have large 24x24 Marble tiles put around and under a new cast iron pedestal tub. What adhesive should the contractor use? Is there a problem putting these under the very heavy tub?
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Flooring durable for German shepherd

I have a particle board subfloor with a crawlspace underneath, I need suggestions for any kind of flooring (except carpet) that will be durable for a 83 pound German shepherd.
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Shaving a floor joist without a planer?

I have an interesting problem. I been in the process of remodelling my living room and dining room - paint, lights, floor, essentially the works. And in doing so I discovered one of my floor joists is ...
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Sistering a damaged joist with 2 smaller pieces of wood

I am trying to repair some water damage below an ensuite shower on the upper floor of a house. The room is only 120cm wide and the wet rot damage is isolated to the joist directly below. The damage to ...
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Does laying vinyl click flooring under appliances void the warranty?

I have just had a new kitchen installed and after all I decided to put a new floor which happens to be vinyl click panels. I was told that to make the floor to look professional the installer would ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Large 1" Gap between new flooring and trim. Help!

We had 3/8" engineered flooring installed over our original floor in the hallway and landing. I asked the contractor to install around the door trim instead of cutting them down but did not anticipate ...
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How long do I need to wait before painting an interior PT plywood floor?

I recently had my basement floor replaced due to termite infestation. The floor is concrete and the floor joists are made of pressure treated wood. The contractor removed the carpeting and pressed ...
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Boxing out floor joists when using 11-7/8 I-Joists?

Back in the day with dimensional lumber joists, it was common to box out an area for something like a tub drain that could not be moved due to floor plan layout. I remember seeing 2x8 or 2x10's ...
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Floor Shakes n bed [closed]

I live in 3 story house that has been turned into apt.When tenets upstairs walk up stairs or have sex my floor n bed shake.Is this structure safe is it because it's been turned into apt
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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Do chips in a stained floor reveal differently-colored, unstained wood?

I'm replacing floor in my house and I have made up mind about going with solid wood flooring. I also want it stained in dark shades, but since this is not a natural colour of the wood, I was ...
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Can you use gloss polyurethane for first coat when finishing floors?

When I had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and refinished, the contractor put down satin polyurethane for the base coat, then gloss for the top coat. I'm now refinishing a floor myself. Is ...
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LVP underlayment material

I am replacing carpet with LVP in my bedroom, the LVP is going to flow into the hallway (no transition), I need to raise my wood floor 1/2" in the bedroom to match the height of the hallway, can I use ...
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Humidity in a shower with a microcement floor

I made a decision that is giving me several problems: I decided to put a microcement floor in my house. One of the dirtiest problems is in the shower. The micro-cement around the drain gets wet when ...
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What kind of floor covering is this?

I saw this on the inside of a classroom and I'm curious as to what kind of flooring this is:
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Edge gluing tongue and groove (non locking) engineered hardwood to make floating floor over existing varnished chamfered-edge hardwood flooring

We wish to lay new flooring above our existing chambered edge flooring. The existing floor is nailed to a plywood sub-floor and is completely flat, about 20 years old. This will make the whole house ...
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Concrete floor surface finishing

My company recently moved into an office, that has an attached warehouse. The warehouse used to be a paint booth, so there is layers and layers of paint and gunk on the floor. It also has a lot of ...
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Concrete vs suspended floor over vapor barrier

Our house has a sizable crawl space large enough to use as storage. The space has no slab covering it, but due to radon issues, it does have a vapor barrier to maintain a suction for the radon ...
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Can I cover my kitchen stone floor with tiles?

I have this stone floor in my new kitchen, and I'm going to need to cover it with something. I'm not sure what kind of stone it is. The floor is really cold in the winter, so I don't want to leave ...
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Floor tile layout process?

I am working on tiling a small bathroom with vinyl floor tiles. As I was measuring to ensure there are no unusual pieces in the corners and thresholds, I decided to check for an application to help ...
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How to secure shoe moulding against metal frame

A wall of our home has floor-to-ceiling windows and an integrated sliding door. The wood flooring butts-up directly against the metal frames of these windows and door. Though the flooring was cut very ...
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Plank floor bubbling up

I had a company (whose name will not be mentioned) install a new vinyl plank floor. One area of the floor doesn't sit flat. In one spot about 12 inches by 12 inches it bubbles up creating a trampoline ...
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How to Reduce the Size or Bridge the Gap of a Vinyl Floor Expansion Gap

Our new vinyl floor in our bathroom required a 3/8" gap next to all vertical surfaces for room to expand. Ours ended up being a bit larger than that and we are trying to find out what we can do to ...
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Options for mitigating a sloping floor due to settlement

I recently bought a house made in 1926. It's built into a hill where the basement is exposed in the back of the house. The basement is poured concrete. Over the years the foundation has settled about ...
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What kind of flooring is this?

I'm trying to determine this kind of floor covering, which I saw the other day in a gas station. Any ideas?
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Vinyl plank flooring

How is a mechanical click and lock waterproof but the adhesive-to-adhesive style is water resistant. Chemical seems more resilient than mechanical, esp. with MDF. I put the adhesive-to-adhesive style ...
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Laminate Flooring fixes

Within the last year I remodeled my house and a contractor put in some new laminate flooring. It was great because it was very dense, heavy quality stuff that didnt scratch at all. We really like it. ...
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How to deal with a small concrete patch in hardwood floor install

I am installing 3/4 inch oak throughout my first floor. The install is over the original pine, which sits directly on the joists. I put 1/4 OSB over the pine (due to a number of factors 5/8" wasn't ...
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Underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) under marble tile floors

Do you use an underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) on top of concrete subfloors and under marble tile flooring? Ultimately the marble will not be installed using traditional mudding ...
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Level a concrete pour 11' x 14'

How best to level a concrete pour enough to finish with engineered floor planks. The new pour adjoins an existing pour on two sides and is 1/2" to 1 1/2" out of level in places. The highest ...
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Is it okay to remove metal joints on the subfloor?

I’m trying to install SPC LVP with 7.5 mm thicknesses after removing pre-existed laminate and carpet. I just noticed that there are metal joints on the subfloor which are about 3 feet long and 2 ...
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Securing a new wooden floor to a steel framed horse box

I am currently working on a renovation project where I am converting a old Horse trailer (box) into a mobile bar. As part of this project I have had to replace the old flooring in the box. Previously ...
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Level hardwood floor that was covered by baseboard

I recently removed my baseboard to be able to put the free standing wardrobe close to the wall. I noticed that the approximately 1 inch of floor where the baseboard was sitting on is a little higher ...
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How should I prepare a solid wood subfloor for hardwood and ceramic tile flooring?

I have a post and beam flooring structure in my 45-year-old home. The subfloor is 2 x 8 tongue and groove installed green. In my remodel, I plan to install 3/4" hardwood flooring over part of my ...
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An idea to mix deflection rated I Joists?

I'm making some hypothetical blueprint ideas and started thinking about the various floor joist options. In our neck of the woods, I-Joists are by far most common with floor truss systems becoming ...
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Should I install hardwood flooring or cabinets first?

I am installing 3/4 hardwood oak nailed down to plywood sub-flooring. If hardwood flooring is installed first, wouldn't buckling of the floor be a issue since hardwood expands and contracts?
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What kind of floor tile is this?

I'm trying to determine this type of common floor tile covering. Can anyone help me identify?
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How can I get wood filler to match the adjacent wood when staining a floor?

I am trying to finish a wooden floor (pine), colouring it with stain. After that it shall be oiled. The process for usual painting with paints has usually been that you sand it, then apply filler, ...
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Flooring covered the ac vent

Well I can't believe I did it . I put 1/4 Plywood down as a underlayment for stick down tile.i just got finished laying the tile and my son says daddy were is the a.c. vent I looked I said omg . Now ...
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How to install second subfloor?

I'm putting in 12mm floating laminate with a 4mm felt underlayment in my living room and I noticed some bowing in the current subfloor to the point where I can see it while standing up. The high ...
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Cutting already installed tile?

I am planning on installing floating laminate flooring in my hallway among other places in my house. I wanted to take out the tile on the outside of this small bathroom and I wanted to wait to replace ...
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What STAINABLE wood fill is best to use on a plywood floor? [closed]

I am doing a quick fix on an existing plywood, unfinished floor. I need to fill the gaps between boards before staining, then applying polyurethane. I have plenty of Minwax Stainable Wood Filler to ...
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Plywood subfloor won't screw down in a trailer home

I'm remodeling my mom's bathroom and I'm putting 1/4 inch plywood down on top of the floor to get a smooth surface. The existing floor is strong but there was some deflection in it and it's not as ...
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When stopping and starting a tile job, what to do with the extra thinset from previous row's cleanup?

When stopping and starting a tile job, you are left with the cleanup of the thinset that extends past the tiles that have been set. This thinset can be scraped up with a trowel, but leaves a light ...
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How can I non-destructively remove hardwood transition strips?

I'm trying to replace some tiles, but the transition between the hardwood floor and tiles has caused me some trouble. The hardwood floor was installed sometime after the tiles, so the transition ...