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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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What does the “thickness” measurement in a t molding measurement actually describe?

I'm trying to buy t-molding online for hardwood that is 1/2" from subfloor to top of the hardwood, so I would like a t-molding that is 1/2" from the bottom to where the t-molding would rest on the ...
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What's an easy way to fix a damaged floor tile?

It's top layer is chipped off. Anyway to cover it up or repair it? Can I also know of this happened recently or old damage from this picture (not realistic obviously but asking anyway).
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How do I stop a rolling chair from rolling on a warped floor?

My floors are heavily warped. My desk and office chairs are in one of these warped areas. Since my office chair is on wheels that means it rolls down away from where I want it. How do I eliminate the ...
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Help with transition between rooms using hardwood and laminate flooring

All hardwood and laminate flooring needs an expansion gap according to every manufacturer. My problem is that I am replacing carpeting in one room that connects to my entryway area. The new floor ...
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

I've recently replaced carpet with hardwood floor. The door jamb and molding are now too short. Prior, the carpet was plusher and made the gap in this one door jamb less obvious. Door Jamb Molding ...
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UK Nest Installation - Underfloor heating including floor temperature sensor/cutoff

I would like to use Google Nest with my underfloor heating system which is under a wooden floor. Other thermostats allow the user of a floor sensor which monitors the surface temperature of the floor ...
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Reduce Tiling Dry/Wait Times

I am tiling my kitchen floor and unfortunately it is the major walkway in and out of the house. Is there anything that I can do to reduce the drying and waiting times for the thinset (both for taping ...
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Should I float or glue locking bamboo?

I have 800 sq ft of 1/2" locking solid stranded bamboo floor on its way and I'm trying to decide between floating and glue. I'm doing every room on my 1st floor (see attached pic), except for the ...
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Replacing rotted shed flooring without changing foundation

I realised recently that part of my shed floor had sunk. When I pulled up the carpet I found that the wooden floor had rotted away. After pulling away some of the rotted wood it looks (to me) as ...
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how to avoid tiny gaps in end joints of hardwood floor install

I am installing my first ever hardwood floor. It's pre-finished 3/4" solid wood, and it's been pretty fun. I've noticed that some of my end joints have some very tiny gaps on one side of the joint (...
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Why my hardwood floor is buckling

I’ve replaced the carpet in one of our room with hardwood, about a year ago, which buckled up by the end of the summer this year. There is a crowlspace under the house, where I found no leaks, but ...
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What Solutions are Available for Marble Floor Etching / Corrosion

Below is a picture of what some of the tiles that have corroded over the past 25 years of use, look like in the our house. I read this QA post, however, am not comfortable with the solutions provided,...
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Cork on _top_ of hardwood floors?

I have hardwood floors in a rental unit and I'd like to turn a portion of one room into a 'workspace'. But I'd also like to protect the floors from minor spills, tools falling, etc. I know that some ...
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Covering Airing Vents in Floor

I have been asked to help fix a home up for someone, it needs work on flooring, drywall, doors, exterior etc. My question is, the central heat/AC is no good and to cool and heat the home the ...
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raising my existing concrete floor 20cm up

How can I raise my existing concrete floor by 20cm up? can I directly add aggregates and sand and finish with concrete, or do I have to chip first the existing floor?
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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 is this subfloor, and do I need a wood underlayment for hardwood

First off, I have 3/4 inch of this subfloor: It is on the first floor, and the area covers 700 sqft. Question 1: What type of subfloor is this? I think it's OSB but I want to make sure because when ...
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Floating floor tile (Snapstone). Can unlevel be fixed?

My friend and I put in this floor two years ago. It is Snapstone, snap together, floating floor, tile that is grouted after installed. Prior to install, he used floor leveler in the hall area to ...
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Removing bathroom tile from cement backerboard

I started removing what I believe to be 12x12 ceramic tiles which I’ve found out are adhered to a concrete backerboard which is adhered to a plywood subfloor. I’ve scoured the internet and have found ...
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Luxury vinyl plank sealing

Im installing glue-down shaw vinyl planks in my bathroom, and although they are themselves not porous, and should stand up to the traffic and water, i would like to seal them to enhance their ...
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How can I coat a garage apron slab to make it smoother?

I'd like to smooth out a square concrete slab at the front of the garage. This concrete serves as a part of a driveway. The floor coating needs to cover the gaps and offer a smooth surface for ...
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Knee brace alternative to support 12' 2x4 span for single tree treehouse

I see most treehouse's have knee braces to support the frame of their treehouse. I'm trying to find an alternative, if any, and also ask if my 2x4x12 frame will be strong enough. Here are pictures of ...
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Replacing bathroom carpet with Vinyl

I'm going to replace my bathroom carpet with a Vinyl floor, but want to make sure I get it level and waterproofed. Assuming there's a level subfloor, can I use a regular Aquastop underlay? Whats the ...
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Can we glue goza mats on the floor?

Is it possible to cover the whole floor of goza mats and glue the mats on the floor? It is to have the floor look like tatami. I would like to know how to lay goza mats, having it stick to the floor. ...
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Should I remove this carpet glue from basement concrete before laying a floating floor?

I'm looking to remove my basement carpet and replace with a floating floor. Not sure if I need to scrap up this glue when I will be laying a 6 mil vapor barrier over the concrete anyways. The black ...
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Bathroom Flooring Expanding and Contracting in the Wrong Seasons

I understand that the flooring will expand in the summer and contract in the winter. This is because the flooring will pick up humid air in the summer and release humid air in the winter. Right? ...
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Did the contractor installed the new layer of cement flooring correctly?

I apologize if this is not an appropriate question. I'm not really sure where to ask or who to trust. I have a basement that the ultimate plan is to put epoxy, but before we can get to that stage, ...
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How do I remove white residue on bathroom floor tiling?

There is white residue on my bathroom floor tiles in areas where water regularly leaks. It looks like limescale but will not budge when I try to remove it with vinegar. How can I remove it?
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Chip on engineered wood floor

I got engineered wood installed last week in my house. I noticed there is about a 3mm circular chip. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from further chipping ? Its glued down on concrete. ...
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Baseboards or Laminate flooring first?

I'm laying down new laminate flooring in a small condo and the current baseboards have got to go. They're old, ugly, dirty, and installed plain wrong. My question is: Do new baseboards go on before ...
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What ceramic tile base can I use over solid wood subfloor that's not too thick?

I am renovating my kitchen and bathroom. My house was built in 1952. I will be installing ceramic floors in both. I have 5-1/2 x 3/4 tongue and groove boards running diagonally and nailed to the floor ...
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How to use essential oils in DIY cleaning solutions for laminate floors to mask the scent of vinegar?

I recently created a very effective and non-toxic cleaning solution for my home using 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water, and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. It's incredibly effective on laminate floors, ...
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determining floor type for dealing with squeaks

Just received my anti-squeak kit in the mail. The instructions for using the joist-finding screw are different for "hardwood floors"... ...each plank in a hardwood floor has nails in it... you need ...
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Is click-lock flooring meant to be held down by baseboard?

I know that baseboard is used to cover the expansion gap when installing click lock flooring, but I'm wondering if part of its job is to actually prevent boards from lifting. I recently installed ...
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Faking a hardwood floor or flat surface in a carpeted office

My office chair is on a thin plastic office mat with cleats on top of thin shag carpeting but i find the chair rolls around and that mat constantly moves. it drives me crazy. What can I put on top of ...
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What are the consequences to laying continuous floating floor without using transitioning pieces?

I have a manufactured home with OSB subfloor, to install another subfloor for hardwood would cause a lot of problems. I want a continuous floating floor with no transitioning pieces and I want to know ...
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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

So we are refinishing an old oak hardwood floor, we have sanded it and are cleaning it currently before we apply a satin water-based polyurethane (with no stain). Probably from varathane or minwax. ...
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Under-floor heating and sub-floor

I want to replace my existing carpeted living room with a wooden/laminate floor - as part of this project, I was also considering putting under-floor heating in. Currently, the floor consist of ...
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Can my home's concrete slab bear the weight of a 20,000 lb. aquarium? [closed]

I am buying a very large fish tank for the house. And would like to know if the house can interior slab can hold up to 20,000lbs
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How can I level a concrete floor in a basement room?

I have a room in the basement with a concrete floor that slopes 2" over 11 feet. It's finished in that it has drywall, but there is no flooring yet. I need to raise the floor to be level. The room ...
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Should I use uncoupling membrane for tile on concrete floor?

One flooring company said they would install an uncoupling membrane when installing tile over my 100-year-old basement laundry room's concrete floor. OIs there a good reason to do use a membrane? ...
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Prepping concrete floor for laminate

I'm getting laminate flooring fitted in my lounge, porch and toilet and need to prep the concrete floor before it goes down. The living room was easy as it only had carpet down. The porch and toilet ...
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How to resolve subfloor squeaking when screwing does not fix the problem?

I just bought a new house, and the subfloor is very squeaky. The subfloor is 3/4" tongue-and-groove OSB which has been nailed down on 19" spaced joists. Luckily, I am changing the carpet to wood ...
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Mildewed carpeting, uninsulated flooring

Problem: I just moved into a rented apartment. The bedroom closet/office has carpeting which is mildewed. It noticeably smells offensive and I am allergic to mold. Examination: We looked under ...
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Retain rim around floor when drywalling? If not how to fill/insulate. . .

Remodeling a vintage two-flat, tore down lath and plaster, now approaching drywall phase. The exterior walls have a wooden rim around perimeter of the floor--what was this for? I suppose it just set ...
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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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vinyl planks - minor edge visibility

So my flooring is luxury planks, tongue and groove. Every so often I come to a plank which is very difficult to get to sit up against the next one perfectly, so that no seam is visible. I've tried ...
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Flooring options for rejuvenating office space

CONTEXT 1000 sq-feet of 30 y.o tiled office space in North Florida I am reasonably handy (changed the steering tie-rods in the car 6 months ago) and interested in determining if it makes sense to ...
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Is a moisture barrier needed over gyp-crete (gypsum concrete) for wood / bamboo flooring?

In a condo, and just discovered that the floor is actually gyp-crete, presumably over wood. Is a moisture bnarrier necesary? This is above grade.
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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 ...