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 stengthen the durability of my newly installed engineered hardwood floor?

I have new engineered hardwood floors, Santamaria Hardwood Flooring. The veneer is very thin. Before I move in the furniture, I would like to apply polyurethane on my new floors. Can I simply apply a ...
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Laminate on slab

House is 1997 construction - slab foundation - original carpet. In process of updating and want to install laminate all rooms. Home Depot did the measurements and once order info I noted there ...
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Will mineral spirits reduce the appearance of lap marks on a stained floor?

we used the Minwax All In One water-based floor stain on a very large area of flooring. The starting and stopping caused dark blotchy stains all over my floor. We tried going over it again and it ...
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How to Hide Expansion Gap around Oven

I'm getting ready to float a bamboo floor in my kitchen. I know I need to lay the flooring underneath the appliances, and I'll need to leave an expansion gap next to the cabinets and walls. The ...
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Can I install new flooring over black mastic?

I had a flood in my kitchen which has carpet. Under the carpet is a pad, under the pad is black mastic on concrete. Now that everything is dry, I am ready to install new flooring. Should I remove the ...
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What are the typical height differences between carpet and hard floor?

I'm raising an 80's style dropdown livingroom to be even with the rest of the floor. The dropdown area I'm raising will be carpet and the adjoining floors will be laminate (hard floor). The goal is ...
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Repair bottom plate rot in bathroom interior wall

Just started a bathroom renovation in my (new to us) 1961 ranch house built over crawlspace in NC. I planned on new floor, new vanity & sink, new toilet, but I want to keep the cast iron enameled ...
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Floor noise tongue groove

I own an old 60s kit house that has tongue and groove 6" pine boards for the ceiling in the main floor room. In the upstairs room above, they laid ¼ OSB as subfloor and secured it to the boards by ...
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size a steel beam

What size beam do I need to span 21'. Beam supported at both ends. Beam resting and attached on concrete wall at both ends. Beam will hold one end of a floor system - so stabilized by floor system. ...
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How can I fix a squeaky hardwood floor in a small hallway?

Trying to fix squeaky hardwood floor in small hallway, think joists run parallel to floorboards on sides, near or under the walls on either side, can't find any with stud finder that run at 90 degree ...
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Protecting engineered hardwood from water

My wife and I are in the midst of attempting to install engineered hardwood in our home, for better or worse. We are floating it on QuietWalk underlayment. It is the click/lock kind with about a 2mm ...
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Bottom stair riser on top of new flooring or gap with trim to cover?

I can't find anything on the internet to help me with this and my husband and I can't agree. We are installing both new flooring (bamboo) and replacing our carpeted stairs with hardwood. My husband ...
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Can I screw down laminate floor that is coming up

Removed a kitchen wall in the middle of room, friend floated in the tongue and groove laminate and then glued down. 2 pieces are popping up, one on corner and other on side. Can I use tiny screws and ...
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Removing white layer which appears on floor after spilling water

I'm pretty careless and sometimes spill a bit of water on our floor. When I do, some strange white layer appears on the floor within a minute. I took some photos to demo. Usually it gets much much ...
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Can epoxy artistically fill gaps in old wood floors?

I have a small room with a 90-year-old hardwood floor. I love the way that the old wood looks, but the large gaps between the boards are inconvenient. Since it's a small area, I can go with a labor-...
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How should I blend floor stain applied to different areas at different times?

I bought a house I have stained two of the rooms I was not able to do the floors all at the same time. So I am now ready to stain the other floors. How do I blend the floors from room to room? I have ...
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Flooring prep for epoxy Pebblestone

I'm going to put in epoxy Pebblestone flooring in the basement. My floor has the old 8x8 tiles. They are all secure and have talked to people who say I can put the flooring over them. Problem is I ...
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Squishy manufactured floors can they be fixed?

My brand new manufactured floors has squish boards when I walk. Can this be fixed?
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Flooring for Pool Shed

I have scoured the internet for answers to this but can not find one. However I think I can ask a more intelligent question now that I have more information. I have a pool shed (refrigerator, bench ...
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What flooring over trex (and how to prep it) in unheated sunroom?

Okay, so I've been searching and googling and going just slightly nuts trying to answer this question. We recently converted our screened porch to an unheated sunroom. The existing flooring is trex (...
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Can I remove excess damp proof membrane under garage concrete floor?

I recently moved into a house with a garage at the bottom of the garden which has a damp proof membrane (DPM) that protrudes out at the base of every wall by approx 4 to 5 inches. Can I safely trim ...
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Suggestions on where to start hardwood flooring

I will soon be ready to start laying hardwood in a bedroom - outlined below. The boards will run parallel to the walls with the doors (joists run perpendicular to those walls). The hallway outside ...
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Can the vapor barrier between a dry floating concrete slab and linoleum flooring be foregone?

I have a two year old house that sits on an 8" concrete floating slab. The slab is insulated below and around the side. The floors in the house are unfinished. That is, the concrete slab is ...
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How to level two floors?

I have two rooms with different floor level The wall is removed so now I need the floors to be all level. The higher floor has plywood Should I try to put 2x4 and nail into concrete foundation and ...
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Can I restore the shine on laminate flooring?

I've had laminate flooring (Pergo) for several years and is now so dull, it looks like my floor is dirty all the time. Can I put shine on it like Clean and Gleam from Melaleuca? I know it has to ...
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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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When refinishing a hardwood floor do you need to strip off all of the old varnish?

I’m refinishing my hardwood floors and some of the old varnish isn’t coming off. Before we apply a water based polyurethane do we need to remove all the old varnish or can some of it stay? Our floors ...
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Ideas for levelling partial flooring for kitchen furniture

My kitchen flooring consists of a click-type wood floor laid on top of an old vinyl layer, which again rests on concrete. After tearing down the previous owner's kitchen, I learned that the cabinets, ...
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Floor nailer nailing too deep. Am I even using the right tool?

I'm installing a floor with 1/2" engineered hardwood. This is the stuff that's basically tongue and groove plywood with a small layer of nice finished hardwood as the top layer. I've purchased a floor ...
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I am installing laminate flooring over the course of several days. Do I need to use the standard 48 hour acclimitization period?

I am installing laminate flooring. Due to work and household schedules a relatively small installation job is likely to stretch out over 3 to 4 days. Given this slow installation pace do I need to let ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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Laminate Planking will not “Click-in”

So, yesterday while trying to install some flooring (Pergo -Timbercraft). I have installed it in a previous room before and had no issue. However this time while trying to fit it into my bay window on ...
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First time DIY tile floor in powder room--transition, leveling, grout?

We've added a small half bath to an addition, and we're planning to tile the floor ourselves even though we have never done it. The room is about 20 square feet and I'm planning 12" x 24" tiles, so 10 ...
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Using shingles to flatten concrete subfloor

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood over a concrete subfloor with 1/8" underlayment. After grinding high spots and filling in larger voids with self-leveler, I have occasional 1/8" or ...
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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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Fixing a hardwood floor mistake

Following a YouTube video, I tried to minimize some scratches in a hardwood floor (installed by previous owner) with Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer, and instead made them look worse. See photo. ...
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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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Reducing noise from hardwood floors

We have a ranch (single-story) house with hardwood floors on most of the ground level. The basement below this level is finished, and is where I work out of at home. We have kids that like to run ...
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1920s wood flooring type

I have a 1928 pacific northwest house. There is some kind of tongue and groove flooring under the existing flooring in my kitchen but it is difficult to see what it is. It is about a 1/2 inch thick ...
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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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Can porcelain tile planks be installed in a crawl space house?

My home is a single story, about 1200 square feet, and is built on a crawl space foundation with a plywood sub-floor. The people we bought the house from had flipped the home after a foreclosure, and ...
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Finish vinyl plank flooring (subfloor step)

Just wondering the proper way to finish this project:
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What are good ways to deal with an area that needs temporary floor covering?

I recently posted a question about using peel and stick tiles on chipboard substrate as a temp fix. I started to write this as an answer to that questions, but realized that my answer was becoming ...
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Peel & stick tiles for temporary floor covering over chip board?

We recently had a toilet tank crack. I caught it within two hours. stripped the carpet and foam underlay from the affected hallway, vacuumed up the water, and had a fan on the chip board all within ...
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How should I add new joists and flooring to a loft space?

First off, basic floor plan of the loft: Hard lines are the walls on the first floor underneath, joists on the first floor landing run left to right so does that mean the central wall running front ...
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Can tile or click-lock wood be installed directly on rigid insulation foam

We would like to insulate a concrete condo floor and for height purposes (already low ceilings as well as not modifying fire doors) we cannot add much material to the concrete pad. Typically in this ...
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Having issues removing old tile

I recently started a project to do new floors throughout a house I just bought. We are gonna do about 1600 sq ft in total including the kitchen 2 living rooms, dinning room, and hall. Previously the ...
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Glue Down Engineered wood over underlayment over wood subfloor

I have 1000 sf of subfloor over finished basement in a 1970s two story residence. We want to achieve maximum sound proofing on this floor with open den/living room /foyer. Unfortunately I did not add ...
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How can I remove tiles without damaging the heating mat underneath?

Removing kitchen tiles from the floor, but the trick is not to damage the in-floor heating. I’m a bit worried about the heating mat, and don’t want to puncture it. Any info would be lovely.
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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 ...