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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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Do you really add a full 1/2" of self-leveling concrete above electrical radiant heat wires for LVF or do you use less in practice?

How much self-leveling concrete do you typically add above electrical radiant heat wires for LVF? LVF manufacturers recommend 1/2" of concrete on top of any radiant heat. Since the wires are 1/4&...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

I’m assuming these are expansion joints, I’m about to put down my floors. They protrude about 1/4 inch out the wall. How can I run my baseboards evenly along these?
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Raising Concrete Floor 1 Inch for Tile

Looking to tile a basement landing as a transition from the stairs to the main room. The main room is done with DMX 1-step, 5/8 OSB and laminate flooring, so there is about 1.5" between the top ...
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OSB vs Plywood for second layer of subfloor

I am renovating the kitchen in an old (1915) house that has maple flooring under the 6 layers of luan and vinyl.The 2" wide maple boards are not very even and we want to put down vinyl planking. ...
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How can I lay Laminate floor around a cavity

the floor I’m laying on has floor cavity sockets, how can I lay laminate around this?
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new build - OSB subfloor/flooring will be painted plywood. Underlayment needed?

Going to install 5/8' sanded plywood over OSB subfloor. CO mountain build at 9000ft. Enclosed crawlspace under single story home. Should I put something like Quietwalk Plus underlayment down before ...
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What type of wood is this? Is it worth refinishing in 1920 farmhouse?

We are working on renovations and there are two separate sections of wood (used to be two rooms until 1950~) one side clearly has stained wood that was used as a floor, the other looks either ...
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Historic Building Floor: radiant, continuous, encapsulating... but upstairs?

I am renovating an historical building c. 1930. The main floor is constructed of cement beams and structural clay tile above a full basement. There are 223 m2 /2400 ft2 per level. I'm trying to ...
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Will damage to the subfloor from carpet tack strip be a problem with laminate flooring?

I'm removing my old carpet and having laminate flooring laid. Upon removing the old carpet grippers, the nails holding them in place have slightly damaged the base floor covering all along, but only ...
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Has anyone used 2x12 fir as flooring

New member and new "ish" to woodwork Has anyone ever used 2x12 fir as flooring ? I was recommended ripping down to 3" wide to avoid cracking and cupping - it is grade 1 and love the ...
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Cabinet replacement on built up floor

When we bought our house a couple of decades ago, the floors were carpet on plywood flooring on the bottom story. We had the carpet ripped up down to the cement and had 1 1/2 inch joists (sideways) ...
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Layed self-leveling compound in upstairs subfloor but subfloor started squeaking

I hired a contractor to lay new engineered wood floors in my 45 year old townhouse because there were initially a lot of squeaks in the old flooring. Once they ripped up the old floors, I made sure to ...
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How can I flatten my floor prior to LVP installation?

I want to install this LVP in my basement. I plan to use this underlay. Currently the basement floor is linoleum adhered to concrete. Pics here. There is an area where the floor dips about 1/2 inch ...
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How to fasten 3/8" plywood to cement condo floor?

This is a 2 story condo building built in the 1970s. It has a 'cement' layer that is apparently over a plywood subfloor. I pulled carpeting out that was directly on the cement floor. Nail strips were ...
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How to remove chipboard under wall

I have a rotten chipboard in my bathroom and have started removing it, but there is a part under the wall I can't reach. How do I go about removing it?
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How do I lay spc laminate in the opposite direction?

I'm laying down spc laminate, I started with one room and I'm proceeding in the directions for it to click. The problem will be to move sideways and the in the opposite direction of the click to cover ...
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LVP over Linoleum?

Can I put LVP directly over lino in my basement? The lino is in pretty good shape other than lifting at some corners (pictured in photos). I was thinking I could cut out the lino where it’s lifting ...
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Splotchy polyurethane finish

We’ve been redoing our hardwood floors and have applied a second coat of polyurethane after screen sanding with 180 grit between the first and second coats. The floors upstairs that received the ...
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WPC vs SPC flooring for maximum soundproofing on upper floors

My upstairs neighbor is looking to replace a section of her carpeted/tile floor with Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP), and the community is asking for my input since I live right under her and already deal ...
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Floor Joist with Long Crack [duplicate]

I have a floor joist that has a crack down the center of the board (about 8 feet). I recently noticed it after hearing my floor start to creak above it. There doesn’t appear to be any floor sagging ...
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Raising floor before laminates. OSB or Plywood?

I am needing to raise my hallway and 2 room floors to match my kitchen that has been tiled. There was already a difference but I need to raise in total 4cm. 15mm will be my underlay and laminates but ...
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Help fixing loose baseboard

Our baseboard became loose. I've done some research, but I could not find posts discussing how to fix a loose baseboard when there is a gap between it and the concrete. Also, as seen in the pictures, ...
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Is blackening on subfloor around my fireplace mold or soot?

I pulled up carpet today and revealed some blackening around the fireplace. At first I assumed soot build up due to the location, but I want to make sure that makes sense, and not that there’s some ...
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Does anyone know if this water damage is mold?

I’m pulling up carpet of new house and I’m finding some water damage on the floor. Seems to all be dry, maybe after the next major rain I can see if there’s any moisture to know if it’s an old or ...
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Resealing old wood floors without sanding as a temporary fix?

I recently bought a 1917 house with all original hardwood floors. I refinished the maple floors upstairs and they look great. Unfortunately the oak floors downstairs are utterly unsalvageable. The ...
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Leveling a floor without a foundation?

I need some advice. I bought a house that is lacking a foundation in certain areas. Huge mess. I've decided to make it as attractive as possible (and rent it out) until I can tear it down and rebuild, ...
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Can I use laminate flooring if it got wet in storage?

I have ~850sf of Mohawk Revwood Premier that was in storage and we didn't reallize it was being leaked on. A little is dry, and definitely still useable. The ones that are wet are mostly just the ...
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Floating floors have soft spots and bubbling - Pulte

https://imgur.com/a/HHlTYmA I got a new build and it has been a headache. The floors had soft spots and bubbles and I finally got the builders to replace the flooring but it's even worst than before. ...
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Water barrier between plywood and OSB in bathroom

I was intending to simply replace glue-down vinyl in a bathroom. Upon inspection there were sections of OSB that were crumbly due to [probably long ago] water damage. I dug those sections out and ...
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Which should I repair first?

There is a gap between the baseboard and the vinyl floor, and parts of the floor have holes. Does it matter which I repair first?
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Preparing 100 year old wood floors for LVP

I have a 1906 farm house with horribly damaged wood floors. I would rather refinish the hardwood floors but in this case it is not worth it. There is water damage that would need to be repaired and ...
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How can I prevent basement slab moisture from causing mold in flooring?

I live in a residential community built in the late 80s. I believe no vapor barrier was put under the concrete because when we switched from carpet to wood floors mold starting coming through after a ...
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What to do after discovering possible asbestos tiles under carpet?

I want to replace the carpet in a house I moved into recently (the carpet is in bad shape). After beginning to rip it up to see what was beneath it / subfloor, I found what looks like tiles. Before ...
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How much glue down LVP can be installed in a day?

How much glue-down LVP can realistically be installed per hour or in a full day? I'm thinking somewhere around 100 sq ft an hour (minus spreading glue and waiting for it to set up ) putting me at 600 ...
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Engineered hardwood repair help needed

I have a piece of engineered hardwood that I am using to replace a damaged board. The replacement piece has a slight bow in it. Can I do a light cut on the back to reduce some of the bow pressure?
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

I need to choose type of flooring for large basement area, totally of 625 SF, with poured concrete. I'm considering laminate or vinyl. Although it is a country side house, the basement is quite dry, ...
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Insect hole in concrete floor

2 months after it's clear top coat application, these holes appeared with something cotton on the surface. It's very hard to pull it out. And there's like a something black that comes out of the hole ...
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Cut through, pull up epoxy mix floor

Advice on tearing out epoxy/stone mixed flooring Hello, my wife and I bought a home a number of years ago. The upstairs bathroom floor has tile over one of those epoxy mixed with small pebbles in a ...
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Efficiently removing nailed down subflooring

There has been creaking in some areas of the second floor in my older home. I tried out the simple fix of screwing down the floor sheathing (they're actually some kind of particle board it seems). ...
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Remove old carpet underlay stuck to concrete floor

I am trying to remove the carpet and its underlay from the living room because it is very old (over 20 years I guess). The underlay is terribly stuck to the concrete floor. It looks like it has been ...
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How to install “subfloor” over top of existing hardwood

I recently removed a few layers of different flooring/underlay to expose original hardwood flooring. I’ve been told by two different hardwood refinishers/installers that the hardwood isn’t salvageable ...
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What underlayment for LVT on concrete subfloor?

My previous question, which led me to go with LVT, was answered here. I saw this question and guess that (6-mil plastic) could be an answer but I'll give you guys the details and see what you think. ...
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Is there any way to stop creaks and lifting on a floating floor over concrete?

I recently had much of the flooring in my apartment redone as part of a broader renovation project. I had engineered hardwood installed over a subfloor that's cast concrete. My architects specified ...
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How can I add support under a vintage 1x4 T&G pine plank floor?

I'm in the middle of a full renovation of a 100 year old house. I'm keeping the original floors on the first floor, and patching them with pieces of the original flooring with the second floor. The ...
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Tile on In Concrete Slab hydronic heating

Context: Bought a 25 year old house that had italian tile what appeared to be thinset directly to the concrete slab. Slab has in slab hydronic heating. We pulled the tile up earlier last year and put ...
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Gouged new wood floor with flooring sander

I am in the middle of a DIY flooring project. I nailed down southern yellow pine and sanded it with a rental random orbit sander. While sanding with the final 80 grit, the sander gouged the floor in ...
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Raising floor in bathroom from concrete subfloor for vinyl sheet finish

I have a concrete bathroom floor where I want to install new fully waterproof vinyl at a finished height of 1/2 inch to bring it level with the hall floor and make it feel less like walking directly ...
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How can I sand thin reclaimed hardwood flooring flat without losing nail hold? [closed]

I recently installed some reclaimed flooring during a remodel in which a kitchen became a dining room. I removed the 200 square feet of vinyl flooring and, in an effort to match our existing 1950s 2 ...
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Elastomeric Paint for Kitchen Floor

I'm looking for recommendations for coating a kitchen floor. The floor in question has a plywood subfloor, with 1/6" self leveling compound on top that has hairline cracks, and some epoxy ...
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Should I apply construction adhesive between layers of subfloor with a caulking gun or trowel?

My second floor has an existing subfloor constructed with 5/8" plywood. I am installing a second layer of 3/8" plywood to raise the level of the subfloor prior to installing bamboo flooring. ...
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