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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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Second-story floor leveling question for new home

We recently purchased a new home (yes, new construction); the home is a modern-style three story 1800 sqft detached home with a cantilevered section. There's a carport under the cantilever, and then ...
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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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1ft cantilever with uneven floor joist

My little powder room has been such a headache, hoping someone here can shed some lights. Little background of the house, built in 1909 on post and beam foundation with perimeter of the house sits ...
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Using thin plywood top layer before using Ditra membrane

I am planning to use Schluter Ditra membrane on a tiling project in my kitchen. I ripped up the existing vinyl stick-on tile, and I found black mastic underneath which I think contains asbestos. This ...
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Can I install plywood over a concrete slab to raise the subfloor height?

We bought a house recently. The living room has a slab concrete and tile above it. The kitchen, dining and hallways are above the basement with plywood then hardwood (ugly) then vinyl at the top. We ...
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Squeaky subfloor

Does anyone have any other tips and tricks to stop subfloor under carpet on second floor from sqeaking? There is no access to joists from below due to drywall ceiling. I've seen some special ...
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Is it advisable to use EPDM for flooring around the pool?

I am planning to use EPDM flooring around the pool so that it will provide grip and kids won't get hurt when they fall. But few people said that EPDM does not do well around water. Is there something ...
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Solving subfloor squeaks

I am planning to remove carpet in a living room and dining room area of my house and replace it with floating laminate flooring. There are some spots in my current floor that squeak so I was planning ...
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Need advice on correcting a floor dip

I have an older house (1940’s) with a dip in the hallway leading to my downstairs (1st floor) bathroom. From wall to wall the hallway is 14 feet with the wood floor joists below running parallel to ...
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Baseboard installation floating floor without transitions

When stalling floating floor without transitions- hallway, dining room, and living room- do you or can you install baseboards in the hallway before completing the other rooms, or is it all installed ...
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Asbestos fragments and hepa filter shop vac

I pulled up some moldy flooring and found some slightly damp plywood boards underneath. Underneath that was some 12 x 12 tile. I put on a respirator and pulled up about 4-8 sq ft of the stuff. Anyway ...
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Should base trim have a gap between it and laminate flooring?

Is it correct that when adding baseboard trim on the laminate floor, it is recommended to have a 1-2mm gap between the trim and the laminate planks? So that it should not be tight to it. I thought ...
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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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Is the Smartcore Natural engineered locking good?

Should the Smartcore Naturals locking be used? Should it be floating or glued? I have read a problem with separation of the top wood layer.
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I have a depression in my OSB floor caused by a layer of rot

I am tiling over OSB board using hardiboard and thinset. I have some water damage from a leaking toilet. The rotted area is about 3 inches square. Once I scraped about a half inch of rot off the top, ...
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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

We're very nearly at the end of a very tiresome refurb of our downstairs area. As you can see from the photos, our builder has used silicone wood filler where the floor meets the door-frame. His ...
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Laminate flooring repair

My laminate floor looks like the top layer has "bubbled" at the seam in a couple of places.Can this be repaired?
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Transition between uneven floor; reducer is wobbly

sorry if it's a stupid question. I self-installed some laminate and the flooring manufacturer provided some reducer transitions. I have two doorways where the new floor meets vinyl plank tile I am ...
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If a roll is 6′ wide with a total area of 84 square yards, what is the length? [closed]

If a roll is 6′ wide with a total area of 84 square yards, what is the length? The answer says 126 ft. I keep getting 42 The explanation says: "86 sq yd x 9 sq ft/sq yd = 756 sq ft" 756 sq ft ÷ 6 ft = ...
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Uneven gap between two different floors

We recently had our bathroom renovated, subfloor replaced and vinyl flooring installed, but now there's a gap underneath the door. It measures 3 3/4" x 23" and I'm not sure of any products that ...
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Can I combine 1/2“ and 3/8” plywood for a total of 7/8" subfloor for laying a hardwood floor?

We have some old flooring that comes to a total (flooring and planks) of 1 5/8" from the top of the joists. I want to add a new section of flooring (this one) beside it, and am trying to get them to ...
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“Click-Lock”, “Engineered”, “Engineered Click”, and “Solid” hardwood… Is there a difference between “Engineered” and “Engineered-Click”?

I've researched this a bunch already and I'm pretty far down the decision timeline, but I was looking at samples again tonight and I've realized that I need a more definitive answer before I can make ...
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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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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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What's an easy way to build a level 6'x4' platform over uneven indoor floors?

I recently moved into a guest room that has uneven floors. There is a one degree slant over the entire room and some of the tiles are higher and lower than others. I'd like to set up a 6x4 platform ...
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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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Do I need to cut under door jambs when installing laminate flooring?

I'm planning on laminating the floor. On the photo attached, where you see a passage between the room and ensuite bathroom. So, do I have to cut the underneath of the doorjamb with a rotary tool or ...
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Tiling when some old vinyl sheet flooring is impossible to remove

When I remodel my basement bathroom and remove the old vinyl sheet flooring, I realized the current one was on top of another old one. And between the two sheet flooring layers, there is a thin layer ...
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Do I need to level subfloor with a 1/8" step before installing hardwood flooring?

I removed the carpet from the second floor and I noticed that I had termite issues. After replacing the bad plywood subfloor with a new one and I've noticed that it's slightly thicker than the old one....
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What could be causing rippling and staining in a hardwood floor?

Since the start 11 years ago there has been a problem with staining and rippling in our kitchens flooring. Just one area. It was repaired three times early on and lasted about seven years, then just ...
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Patch hole in cement slab when ground below is excavated

I removed a shower stall and there was a hole for the plumbing as expected but once I got a good look the entire area below the cement slab is open. I want to fill the whole as the bathroom is being ...
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Resealing or repolishing interior concrete floor?

I have a concrete floor in my apartment. It is somewhat shiny. When cleaning up after a pet, I used an abrasive scouring pad on it, and looks like I took off whatever layer is giving it shine: How do ...
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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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How can I transition vinyl to carpet flooring?

I plan on laying vinyl planking that will transition into carpet. This is in the basement and not a highly trafficked area. This is on a concrete slab. I also have never messed with carpet so I am ...
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Finishing hardwood floors with shellac - bad idea?

I am refinishing the hardwood floor in a bedroom. It was originally finished with shellac, and I'm thinking of using shellac again, rather than taking the standard polyurethane route. I'd be using ...
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amount of load bearing support

I need to build a temp. floor over my basement steps which is a 9' opening, so I can do ceiling repairs where an old chimney pipe was pulled long ago. If I fasten 6- 2x4x12 together in pairs and place ...
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how better to cut laminate planks — with saws or laminate cutter

In different videos I see that normally people prefer to use laminate planks cutter to table saw or similar. Is it just their preference or because of saw dust and such produced during sawing?
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Should I tile under bathroom door?

I was laying out tile in a half bathroom before wondering if I should tile under the door or not. The picture below shows the tile (top), plywood subfloor where the door will be (middle), and ...
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Safe to install vinyl plank flooring under appliances?

We’re installing luxury vinyl plank flooring in our kitchen and the instructions inside the box say not to install underneath appliances which we didn’t know until we started. How hard and fast is ...
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What is this type/style of tile called? [closed]

What is the name for the type and style of the tiles in the photo below? I couldn't find anything with reverse image search and no one I've talked to knows. The photo is from an MLS listing. The home'...
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Basement Floor Finishing

We are now in the 2nd year of our new home (new construction) and are looking to finish the basement. We plan on laying wood laminate floors down but want to make sure we do it right. When the floor ...
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How to cover holes in the wood floor?

I bought some new furniture recently including a heavy dining table and some couches which had steel framework along with wood. The problem is that when I was carrying the old table and items out I ...
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How should I complete the installation of my flooring where a gap remains against the wall?

I am laying laminate flooring in a room and unfortunately my calculations were off and I am left with expansion gaps of about 2.5cm to 4.5cm (0.97in to 1.77in) along one wall (see picture). Is there ...
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T-Mold Laminate Transition Height/Gap Issue

Ran into an issue when installing laminate floor my bedroom, one of the doorway is connected to the kitchen which the floor(vinyl w/ plywood underneath) is slight higher than the bedroom floor. The "T-...
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Leveling subfloor

We have older home with an addition. The addition was put in an inch higher than original floors. We are going to put in vinyl plank flooring throughout but need to transition these heights. Ideas?
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Adhesive removal from my recently installed carpet

I recently installed some outdoor type - low profile carpet on my new office floor. The adhesive used was TEC multi - purpose carpet adhesive. The mastic bled through in a number of spots ...
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Should I be able to damage colored grout seal with a toothbrush?

We recently had our home's tile cleaned and sealed with a colored grout. The sealant was Spectrum Mfg. Corp's Grout Sealant. Their marketing blurb says ...you can expect wear up to 15 years that ...
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Floorboards have come loose

Front porch has old tongue and groove flooring. The nails at the end of the boards have come loose and two boards have buckled. What’s the best way to go about resetting them? I hate to cut away the ...
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Separation with luxury vinyl plank flooring

So I’m starting to get a TINY bit of separation along the long edges of my LVP. It's only like this in a few places, the rest of the floor looks great. Is this something I need to worry about, or is ...
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How can I stain a faded area of my wood floor to match the rest?

A small area in front of the patio door has lightened but the other 500 square feet of the room remains dark and beautiful. I sure don’t want to sand and refinish the entire room. Is there a way to ...