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 fill an air gap under vinyl flooring?

I installed vinyl plank flooring, and a hump in the concrete caused an air gap underneath the planks near it... without tearing out the whole floor? How can I fill that void/gap? Is there some kind ...
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What is the best way to fill narrow gaps between floor and skirting boards

I have narrow gaps between the floor (Amtico) and the skirting boards (not over 1.5/2 mm) that I would like to fill but I'm not sure what to use. The floor is quite elastic so ideally I'd need ...
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Self Leveling Compound for Floating LVP vs No Leveler and Glue Down LVP

I've read so, so many things online about how self-leveling compound is good and then continued to read another 5 minutes and read how it is terrible. I have wood subfloors and am hoping to put down ...
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Flooring Options for Basement with Uneven Concrete Slab

Working on a basement remodel and getting to the point of needing to figure out flooring. Unfortunately, the concrete slab is generally uneven. I had a company come in and grind the floors a few ...
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How can I waterproof a sloped basement floor?

I have a basement built in '65 with a sloped floor to drain under the washer. Leveling the floor is out of the question. I currently have carpet on the washer side and LVP on the flat living side. I ...
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Starting point of herringbone pattern with double accent border

I'm excited to attempt a complex entryway pattern, but I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to start. The idea is to have a herringbone pattern with 36" x 6" large format wood look ...
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What size dip in the floor needs to be filled before carpet is installed?

We are planning to put carpet over an oldish hardwood floor. I noticed that the floor has a dip of about 3/8" in a few areas. I intend to measure around with a long straightedge and see if I can ...
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Making up a 1/2" difference in subfloor level

I have linoleum flooring in the kitchen that is about ~1/2 inch raised from the floor. There is 1/4 ply and two layers of linoleum. I'll be putting down vinyl flooring and I want to extend it to the ...
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Hardwood Floor Squeaks - Fixing Squeaks or Removal of Hardwood Floor for LVP

I just bought an old house that was build in the 1950s. The house has Hardwood flooring all over the house. The hardwood floor squeaks everywhere in the house. Not on just a specific spot or area. It ...
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Installing Dri-core floor panel after framing. Do the panels still need the 1/4in spacing?

I assume the spacing is to keep the lumber off of the cement walls. I used rigid foam panels on all exterior walls already. Any reason not to butt the panels all the way up to the framing? Also. ...
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Changing Stair Rise After Landing Replacement

We recently replaced our upstairs flooring from carpet to hardwood floors. After leveling the upstairs floor and installing the new flooring, the upstairs landing is now 1 3/8" higher leaving a ...
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Angled step in staircase issue

We just moved into an townhouse in Santa Monica, CA and one of the steps going down to the laundry/garage is angled down 5% as opposed to being completely flat (as the rest of the steps are). It is ...
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(How) Can I match new 3/4“ T&G oak flooring with old 7/8” flooring?

I've got two air return vent holes in my floor that I'm patching, and I made the classic mistake of mis-measuring the flooring (the guy at the flooring store did, too, so I don't feel too bad) before ...
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What kind of concrete finish was used in this Tulum treehouse?

I'm remodeling my house and would like to finish the walls and floors as done in this Tulum treehouse. Who can tell me what kind of concrete finishing technique was used here? In the linked Dezeen ...
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What kind of flooring for crawl space that is easy to move on?

what kind of flooring/mat/pad may be used on a section of the floor as a base for storing items and is also slippery enough to be able to glide/push/pull items on top of it? Edits: Crawl space floor ...
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How to build a secret bookcase door in a cased opening?

I'm looking to build a secret bookcase door to a room that is currently just has cased opening entry. The opening is roughly 82" x 80" and my thought process would be to have two doors that ...
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Should sags in my floor be repaired before refinishing hardwood floors?

We bought a ~50 year old house a few years ago. At the time we knew there was a few humps in the flooring, in particular over the beams. However since we've lived in the house for a while now, we've ...
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How to install a concrete subfloor indoors?

The previous owners of our house enclosed a sunroom with stucco walls. The floor is old cobblestone and brick pavers with dirt underneath but they covered it with a cheap carpet. We're planning to ...
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How do I nicely cover this floor pipe in the basement?

So I'm adding flooring to my basement and I've got this sewer access cap thing in the way. I know I need to wrap the flooring around it and then I assume I'll need to cover it with something. What is ...
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Floating floor over old mastic?

I recently had carpet and asbestos tile tested and removed from my basement, and now am left with concrete covered with black mastic (non-asbestos per testing). I would like to cover the floor with ...
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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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Herringbone flooring from regular laminate

I'm looking to do the floor in out new house, we love the herringbone design but the specific planks are quite expensive. I'm wondering if I can achieve a herringbone style by just following the ...
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Replaced carpet with laminated veneer plank flooring - now there is a gap between the casing and floor

I have removed the carpet from my living room and am preparing to install LVP. The problem is that the door casing is too high. There is a 1/4" gap between the bottom of the casing and the LVP. ...
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Why does water accumulate on the hardwood floors in my 1930 home?

My home was build 1930 and nothing has been updated. In my downstairs bedroom under anything that sits on the floor from my bed, night stands, dog crate, and other things the floors will puddle with ...
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any way to repair marble tile over subfloor

When I bought my house, its marble floors appeared to be in good condition. However, they have steadily chipped, fissured and fractured until reaching their current fragmented state. The picture shows ...
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Indoor Putting Green - Not Level

I have a finished basement with a floor made up of square, 8" ceramic tiles. I have a putting green placed on top of the floor that is made up of interlocking hard plastic modules, each about 2 ...
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Old adhesive over concrete

Pulling up old laminate flooring from concrete slab home. No underlayment, just old adhesive. Do I have to remove all adhesive with a solvent or can I just lay the underlayment and place new pergo on ...
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How can I remove this floor transition, and what should it be replaced with once I lay LVP?

I'm planning to replace a linoleum floor with LVP. The transition strip/threshold matches the wood floor, but since the LVP is a few mm thicker than the linoleum, I don't think it'll fit once I lay ...
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Floor moisture issue, discoloration. What could be the cause?

We've been experiencing an issue across the floor on one half section of the house where there are discoloration spots across the floor. Moisture meter reads high- anywhere from 40-80% on spots with ...
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Filling gap beneath hardwood floor (between floorboard and foundation)

There's a sizeable gap between the edge of hardwood flooring and the foundation by this fireplace: You can see that the wooden base the strip of floor was nailed too ends about inch early: As a ...
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Did I harm the integrity of my house trying to run a wire?

I wanted to run a CAT6 cable simply from a first floor room to the second floor room directly above it. I drilled through the bottom plate in the wall on the 2nd floor as shown. I first used a 1/2 in ...
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What technical reasons do builders use white baseboards over wood-woodstained?

I am Italian and I live in USA since a few years. I bought house in Florida. Why in Florida everyone has a white baseboard (that seems made of a cheap material), and in Italy everyone has a wooden one ...
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How to fix this laminate flooring edge?

I'm not all that DIY savvy and so had some guys come fit a laminate floor for me. It covers two floors, one of wood and one of concrete, and due to the different levels there's a reasonable amount of ...
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Sistering a joist - bathroom floor

I am repairing my bathroom subfloor which had a leak from the shower step that caused the floor to rot. So far I have demoed the shower floor and will demo the remaining bathroom floor and install ...
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Subfloor and Batten Construction of 1950s Hardwood Floor

Recently purchased a 1950s cape cod style home with hardwood floors throughout. They squeak terribly everywhere in the home. As I got ready to tackle this problem with glue and screws through the ...
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Tiles or Hardwood: which one better handles movement across a subfloor joint? [closed]

I bought a 2400 sqf house. It now has carpet everywhere. Below the carpet I have concrete slab in the new part (built in 2009, ~800 sqft) and the old house has a wood subfloor with on top a solid ...
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Tips for avoiding floor impact noise

We had a 2-story extension built, complies with earthquake code in Oregon. It only has a sub-floor right now but the impact noise from the bedroom to the kitchen downstairs is shocking. The final ...
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Proper tool for installing engineered wood flooring

Lauzon 3 1/4 planks, tongue-and-groove. To clarify, it's the stuff with 1/8" real wood on top. Over OSB sub-floor. This is all new construction. About 500 sf right now, but another 500 sf about 6 ...
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How to fill void under bathroom vanity before installing laminate flooring and legged vanity

We are removing an old floor mounted vanity and wanting to install new laminate flooring throughout the bathroom. We are planning to install a vanity with legs, not tight to the floor (one we can ...
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Was concrete commonly used for 2nd floor flooring in multi-family apartment units built in 1950s?

I used to live in a 2nd floor unit in an apartment built in 1950. There was a golf sized "sink hole" on the floor and I wonder if I may have been exposed to asbestos. I remember the floor ...
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Heat against laminate flooring causes condensation

I bought a house a year ago which had laminate flooring installed across the entire house. Sometimes I will sleep on the floor on a foam mattress topper. I noticed that there would be days where I'd ...
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How should I attach this sheet flooring?

I'm finishing the bathroom in my basement and doing most of it myself. I'm learning along the way, which is both fun and challenging. My current step is figuring out how to attach this flooring to the ...
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Color matching: repaired white oak flooring turned out pink

I had someone replace a row and half of my white oak flooring. The original flooring was Owens white oak with bona natural finish. My repairer ordered the same wood, installed it, then did a natural ...
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Uneven floor and pending joints

We found out after buying the house, when sanding the floors, that it’s uneven. We looked in basement to find out that there is wood pending between the joints. Is this normal for house built in 1960? ...
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Vinyl Planks “click” when tapping on joint directly

I am in the process of putting Golden Arowana vinyl plank flooring in my basement. I went around the room and the floor seemed to be level (or within tolerance of 3/16"). I am using an ...
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Laminate flooring finishing around door jam

I just completed my laminate floor and used quarter round trim to cover the edges/gaps in the floor. I would love to get some suggestions to have good finishing at the door frames as shown in the ...
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Is there a reasonable substitute for nail guns when installing baseboards?

What are the alternatives to nail guns? I need to install new MDF based baseboards and trims. Buying a new nail gun with air compressor or a battery powered nail-gun is quite costly. I see there is ...
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What's the best way to deal with the floor of a shed with water infiltration?

I have an old carriage house on my property, probably over a century old, which sits on what is now the lowest part of my property. As a result, water runs back into it along the driveway (which also ...
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What tape is appropriate for underlayment?

I am installing bamboo flooring with Floormuffler underlayment. This type includes a moisture lip & adhesive for joining the long sides. I have a few seams to join that don’t have the lip/adhesive,...
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Stain / residue on hardwood after years of rug covering

I just bought a house from the mid 1800’s. Hardwood throughout but two rooms have had rugs on the floor for obviously many, many, years. When we pulled up the rugs we found that the hardwood was ...

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