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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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 ...
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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 ...