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 remove / replace this OSB floor?

I would like to update the flooring in a carpeted room, replacing the carpet with hardwood. I've removed the carpet, carpet padding, and tack carpet strips. Underneath the carpeting was OSB ...
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What is the reason and the fix for gaps between laminate planks?

After 3 or 4 years of installing laminate floors these small gaps started to appear between the planks: I'd like to better understand two things: Why/how do these gaps come to be: temperature ...
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Drilling thru cement floor with radiant heat flow below

I want to drill screws through a 4 inch cement floor to install a cement plate or some form of metal bracket to hold a 6"X 6" vertical support beam that will help to support a horizontal beam. My ...
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How much weight can a floating floor tolerate?

I'm considering laminate floor for my kitchen and dining room. I ran into a site that says "don't put the laminate under counters, as it will pinch and keep the laminate from expansion and ...
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Preparing kitchen flooring for solid pine planks

For kitchen do I have to remove peel and stick vinyl flooring to lay wide plank solid pine tongue and groove flooring? And if so can it just be nailed or must it be glued and nailed?
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How do I replace this tile/marble transition in a tiled bathroom?

I planned to keep this marble piece for the transition to the new tile floor in the bathroom, but I broke it during demo. What’s the best way to replace it, or should I use a different transition? ...
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Is it ok to prime subfloor under engineered wood?

I'm going to be installing floating hardwood. Since I have the subfloors exposed (I screwed and caulked then because why not?) I thought I might also roll on mold-resistant primer like zinser. I don'...
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Should I seal this floor or should I just put down vapor barrier before tiling?

I had some water compromise a vanity, leading to its removal. There was a void in the floor where it was originally tiled around, so the entire floor will be retiled. Upon demolition, I noticed some ...
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Gap in floor boards

There’s a gap in my kitchen hardwood floor. Only a single board exhibits the problem. Not sure what’s causing it. Any suggestions for fixing it?
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Gap between subfloor and wall

Updating a condo and had the carpet replaced in the bedroom. Now that we're ready to install the trim we noticed that the carpet is curling down past the subfloor in one of the corners. There is a 3/...
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Leveling out a basement floor

So I am in the process of finishing out my basement. I am going to start by first building my office, and later doing the rest of the basement. My basement is divided in half, and I have the typical ...
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Woodlouse that already infesting applied plywood floor

I'm building a server room that is using plywood as its flooring, which unfortunately is infested by woodlouse, wood beetle, or some kind. I realize it just after the floor is finished being installed....
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Is our flooring contractor extending our hardwood floor correctly?

As part of our kitchen renovation, the contractor is extending our hardwood floor. As you can see in this photo, they have cut out boards from the old floor and are adding new boards. I think this is ...
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Newly installed hardwood flooring bowing when I step

A few days ago I had a guy come out to install engineered oak hardwood flooring in my living room. It is installed in a floating style with nails holding it down on the edges of the outer walls and a ...
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Replacement of existing carpet and vinyl tile fllors

I am planning on doing a major Reno to my main floor this year and am looking for guidance on how to do the flooring. I currently have vinyl peel & stick tiles in the hallway and kitchen. This ...
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Hardwood flooring: transitions and expansion gaps

I'm gearing up to start installing flooring in my remodel, and I'm looking for input of a few finer details. My house is a split level, and I'm installing hardwood on the upper level with the ...
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Cutting ceramic tiles laid on concrete

I'll be framing out some walls on a tile floor laid over a concrete slab subfloor. As I understand it, the proper way to do this is to cut out the top flooring, and attach the walls' base plates ...
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Why does my cork subfloor test positive for formaldehyde?

This week I have been having engineered wood flooring installed, with a 1/2 in. cork subfloor installed to help reduce sound transmission between upstairs and downstairs. I bought a tester off of ...
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Vacuum sucked in some of the grout between tiles, how to fill the gap?

I was vacuuming these tile floors and the grout came off. Should I fill it with cement? Is it damaging to leave it like this, should I not mop it?
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Flooring Repairs

I have a master bedroom that was created out of two smaller rooms. The middle wall is gone so now there is a gap where the two hardwood floors end. My question is how would I fill this gap between the ...
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Move Living Room in front [closed]

I want to move the Lounge/Living by the front lawn, how should I revamp this and where should I move the drawing room
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Will filling gaps with epoxy in a new hardwood floor look ok?

I installed a floor made from locally produced, 3 1/4" hard maple. There are a few gaps under 1/16th of an inch that I don't like. I normally buy the best product for the application, but the stores ...
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Repairing tile laid on harwood floor - how to make best of bad situation?

The previous owner of my house laid slate tile over hardwood in the entryway. A 9 square foot area has become loose and I need to re-set the tiles. Pulling everything out is not an option; I'm ...
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What flooring can be used for a gypcrete subfloor?

My question is about what to do after the malfunctioning washing machine flooded the basement. We tried an acid stain on the 'concrete' floor. It failed. We followed with two coats of epoxy pain. It ...
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Do I need to fill in the gap between my wall and the laminate flooring?

I just removed the baseboards in my room in order to put some closets flush against the wall. I noticed there is a gap under the wall and the floor/laminate and my instincts are telling me they need ...
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Can the floor framing in my 1930s bathroom support my tub and shower?

I've stripped my 2nd floor bathroom to the studs and joists, installed new plumbing and electricity, and moved a few things around. The tub I'm putting in is acrylic, and weighs less than the cast ...
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How to recover from a leak

I have had a leak in my flat. It came from my ceiling (from the upstairs neighbours), and went down my wooden floor. It was not gushing, but dripping for about two days. The surveyor came and with ...
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Why is 1/4" underlayment supposed to be parallel to the subfloor?

Per instructions of my 1/4" plywood underlayment that will be used for Vinyl loose-lay flooring, it states to run it parallel with the existing 3/4" T&G OSB flooring. I always assumed that ...
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Minimum recommended thickness for self-leveling concrete topping (skim coat)

I'd like to resurface an already somewhat level but tarnished concrete floor with a self-leveling cement-based compound and to raise the floor level as little as possible; I've found compounds like ...
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Pocket Door or Floor First

I am going to replace a tile floor in my bath, however I also want to install a pocket door, which should I do first tile floor or pocket door the floor height will be the same as it is now flush to ...
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How can I repair a chip in an acrylic shower pan?

It's new but since it was layed out first when building the bathroom, workers came in and out being careless around it. Any way to repair, and is it harmful? The shower pan I think is arcylic.
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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 ...