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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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how to level out basement cement crack

I plan on laying some vinyl planks onto cement but there are some cracks from leveling in the cement and with the new flooring you can "feel" where the cement barely sticks up at the crack. Wasn't a ...
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How to dust proof and waterproof garage concrete screed?

I want to treat my single garage floor (15sqm) which is apparently made of soft concrete screed. It looks as being in good shape with no cracks and no signs of water coming but I just want to be sure ...
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Install tiles on top of laminate floor in kitchen

This is my remodel kitchen here done 5 years ago. Notice that everything is new BUT the floor. As I decided not to do the floor at that time. But now it looks dated. The kitchen floor is same level ...
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Low outlet placement and baseboard issue

I have a situation where most of the electrical outlets are placed low--about 2 inches above the floor measured from the bottom of the outlet plate. It originally had base moldings which rose to ...
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Repairing 2 long cuts in vinyl flooring

I need to repair 2 long cuts in the vinyl flooring in my kitchen. The 2 cuts are near each other and probably take up about 8 inches in length. Everything I've read has talked about patching but I'm ...
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How deep can you sand into pine flooring?

I hired a guy to refinish hardwood floors. I am not happy with his work so far because he didn't sand into the wood at all. He basically just sanded off the old floor finish and then started applying ...
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Should I put grout or something else between hardwood floor and slate stone gap?

This is a new hardwood floor that is next to my slate stone flooring: The cut was nice and there is about an inch gap in between: My hardwood floor guy recommended to just leave it like that and not ...
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What foam is best for sealing radiator pipes in floor to prevent mice from getting in?

Is there a specific foam recommended for radiator pipes coming up through the floor?
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What is this glue layer on top of the slate stone flooring?

I ripped off the carpet which was installed on top of the slate stone flooring sometime back. I saw a layer of "glue-like" I assume it is for the carpet to glue down, which it did not even do its job ...
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How to prepare floor for vinyl plank installation over old sheet vinyl

I've demoed a built in bathroom vanity leaving a footprint that I had to fill in with OSB. The thickness of the new OSB and old sheet vinyl appears pretty darn level; maybe 1/16" (or less) off? ...
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Goop under carpet padding

We're pulling up carpet in a new-to-us house. There's a beautiful hardwood floor underneath that is in great shape except that there's some red/brown sticky goop spots left behind by the carpet ...
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What is the best way to paint an asbestos tile floor?

I have a studio (1000 sq/ft) where the floor is covered by asbestos tiles, these tiles were previously covered by carpet that I removed. I am planning to paint the floor to secure it. What would you ...
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Please help! Exterior Sliding Door Leak on Interior Slab - No visible threshold - 1980 construction

I have a townhouse built on a concrete slab. Laminate flooring was installed 5 years ago, and has buckled severely at the patio door. I suspected water intrusion, cut back the laminate, and saw: The ...
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Finishing old pine floors in a bathroom?

So my dad and I have this house built in 1880. Floors are 1" pine tongue and groove with no subfloor. My dad really wants to finish the pine floor in the bathroom, and while I'm not convinced this is ...
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Removal of leftover glue from glued down 3/4 T&G flooring

In the process of removing the 3 different types of flooring in the house we just bought and before we move in get the major things out of the way. Carpet is easy enough for the most part, the house ...
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Is 15/32" Plywood okay for Subfloor under tile?

Is 15/32" plywood thick enough to be used as a subfloor under tile combined with a 1/4" hardiebacker board? The joists underneath are 2x8s that are 16" apart on center and only 4' long.
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Sanding floors where radiators interfere

We have radiant heat with approximately 8 " high metal radiators hanging off the lowest portion of some of the walls. How would/could I use an edge sander? Or do I just get as close as I can with ...
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How do I remove vinyl glue off of tile flooring?

I had a flood in my bathroom and there were two layers of vinyl tile that i ripped up because of water getting underneath. Lo and behold I have a tile floor and the glue from the vinyl is very sticky ...
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What is the best way to fix laminate flooring to tiles underneath?

A very "professional" builder installed laminated on top of tiles in a commercial setting. Don't ask... The trouble is, laminate is not really fixed on the tiles and especially around the steps (only ...
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Can I remove blocking to level floor and sister this joist?

I'm replacing hardwood flooring but the subfloor isn't flat. In the area above this picture, I can slide two fingers under a 6 foot framing level that's laying perpendicular to the joists. That spot, ...
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How can I dry out a soggy floor in my kitchen? [closed]

some wooden floorboard in my kitchen got some water that had not been cleaned up for an hour and the timber seems to have absorbed some of the water and make a soggy sound when walked over. how can I ...
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How to fix a slate floor tile in my kitchen

I’m renting my house and one of the slate (it looks like slate rather than the white ceramic type stuff) tiles from the floor has come loose, intact, just come loose. Rather than go through a ...
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Stuck parquet hardwood flooring

I'm doing a reno project and when we demo'd the old parquet hardwood floor, half of it came up no problem.. the other half is stuck badly to the older hardwoods underneath. They used some type of ...
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Selecting proper tiles for the floor in the hall [closed]

NB. I'm a total noob when it comes to home improvement so it's both fine and preferred to answer me like if I'm a retarded banana. Understanding my ignorance I have a lot of respect for the competence ...
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Where to start laying hardwood floor in “T” shaped room

I'm getting ready to put down hardwood in a newly constructed room. The room is "T" shaped as such: I understand that I should start on the longest continuous wall and work across. However, in this ...
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What is the proper technique for starting a click laminate install diagonally that is floated?

I'm planning on floating my click laminate floor in a diagonal placement in my space. When researching, I came across an article that describes some of the challenges with installing diagonally. ...
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how to replace a tile floor over radiant heat

I just purchased a home and the kitchen has radiant heated porcelain tile floor in the kitchen. The floor is in rough shape so Id like to redo it. This raises a number of questions. should I try to ...
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Can I float click laminate diagonally without transitions in my space?

I'd like to float click laminate on our floor in a continuous manner without transitions. I'd like to float diagonally, but am open to another orientation if this isn't feasible. I understand ...
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Water stained tiles

A few years ago, I purchased a foreclosed home and it seems that on some areas water was leaking from the roof onto the tiles and they have stained. I've tried scrubbing with bleach and other ...
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Floor Level for 6x24 tile

I am in the process of installing wood like tiles and I was wondering if my floor is level to install those tiles. right now if I use 72" beam box level, it is having 1/8" of uneven floor. So how can ...
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Finish vinyl plank flooring (subfloor step)

Just wondering the proper way to finish this project:
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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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Sleepers on unlevel basement floor?

A question related to this one about projecting the costs to finish our basement. We have a poured concrete foundation. I don't think it has been sealed yet, but our yard is graded, our downspouts ...
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Vinyl flooring poor air quality and toxicity

We're looking to install luxury vinyl flooring in our home and recently came across some claims that vinyl flooring significantly reduces air quality in the home and can release carcinogens in to the ...
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Which Faux Wood Flooring Is Best For Wheelchairs & Incontinent Patients?

I am replacing the carpeting and contractor-grade flooring in my home. Because of heaving to the ground, the slab has some superficial cracking and the tile has split in my entry. I am unsure if the ...
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Laminate flooring showing vertical gap when cabinet place on it

Why would a laminate floor dip at the edge near an supporting wall when heavy item placed on it. We are looking to buy a house but noticed where the laminate sits at wall edge next to a set of ...
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If I have vapor barrier under joists in crawlspace, is hardwood underlayment a problem?

I have spray foam under the subfloor with vapor barrier. The foam is sprayed to the underside of the subfloor deck, and vapor barrier is attached to the joists bottoms between the joists and the soil ...
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How to prepare my floor to install engineered hardwood?

I currently have linoleum flooring in my kitchen, bathroom and laundry room and carpet everywhere else. I would like to install engineered hardwood flooring throughout my home with the exception of ...
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Is it appropriate to put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor?

My installer put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor. Is that a problem?
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Installing tongue and groove flooring, do you glue to the subfloor or use underlayment and add glue between it and the board?

Installing tongue and groove flooring, do you glue to the subfloor or use underlayment and add glue between it and the board? The guy at the big box store told me to add adhesive to the underlayment ...
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How clean does concrete floor really need to be for peel and stick flooring?

We bought an older home and found that there were two layers of peel and stick flooring in the bathroom. We removed those and this is the result of the floor after scraping and scrubbing for hours. My ...
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Is this small slope a problem installing vinyl plank?

We are going to install luxury vinyl plank flooring in our basement. This product clicks together and floats, much like laminate. Two questions: The cement slab/subfloor is fairly level, with one ...
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Smoothing OSB subfloor after hardwood and glue removal

We are in process of installing new nail-down solid bamboo floors in the first floor of our home. This has required us to remove the existing glued-down engineered hardwood from the kitchen area. ...
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How can I even out my subfloor?

I bought a fixer-upper knowing little about how much of a headache I was creating for myself. I've recently removed the hardwood flooring that was lain directly on the joists (no subfloor) of my ...
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Leveling sloped basement floor

We want to finish our (currently unfinished) 800 sqft basement. The current floor is concrete, in good condition, but slopes substantially toward a drain near the middle of the floor. I'd guess the ...
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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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Replacing a piece of nailed tongue and grooved engineered hardwood located in the middle of a large room

I have a large room covered with engineered hardwood -- (specifically - Johnson hardwood forevertuff in canadian maple 1/2" thickness) It can't be refinished or sanded. A very visible piece in the ...
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Should I frame a closet prior to putting in hardwood flooring?

Putting hard wood flooring in my office but want to also put in a closet. Should I frame the closet first, or put in the flooring and then frame on top of it? Thanks!!
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How smooth does the floor need to be to lay vinyl plank over it?

I'm installing CoreTec One vinyl plank flooring as a floating floor over slab in a three-season porch. I don't think my situation is as bad as that described in How can I prepare uneven concrete ...
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Correct direction of flooring [closed]

I am laying vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen. I know the correct way is to go perpendicular to the house entrance and the floor joists. The trouble is the doorway to the living room. The living ...