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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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Is this a scuff on my hardwood floor? How can I fix it?

We've tried using a whole bunch of wood cleaning products for this and similar marks on our floor, but nothing seems to work. What exactly am I dealing with here and how can I fix it?
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Subfloor patching

This is picture of door opening where my dining room (laminate) floor meets kitchen vinyl. I recently created door opening in wall and now I am planning to install new vinyl flooring on kitchen side.(...
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What should I cover gap with below stair banister

I am looking to install a cable rail banister when an older banister was. Unfortunately there is a gap in between the stairs and wood floor that was previously covered. Thanks in advance for your help!...
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What should I do to my hardwood floors before moving into a new house?

I have a bit of an interesting situation - I just purchased a home which was essentially new construction (basically taken down to the studs and thus the floors are brand new). This is my first home ...
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Matte hardwood flooring

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Removing old rock hard adhesive from concrete floor

i have removed the old ceramic tile that was put down on top of linoleum. It came up easier because of that but I now am being told that the old rock hard glue or backing has to come up. I have tried ...
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Front Door and Foyer tile

We want to replace the tile floor in our foyer. It looks like the previous owners installed Hardy board and tile over top of the 2” Oak hardwood. So we will rip up all of it to the subfloor, put a 1/4”...
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How to fix a levelled flooring to a sloped flooring

I currently have a large open air terrace that has been tiled without a slope for the drain. When the contractors layed the concrete flooring they did not add a slope to allow for drainage and tiled ...
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Advice on building a livable cabin floor on a concrete slab with insulation and plywood

I'm planning to build a 10 x 12 living space based on a shed design. The shed will rest on an existing concrete slab therefore my plan is to lay 6 mil polyethethylene sheeting and foam board ...
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Best solution for a room with slightly different floor height

I recently purchased a new home and the previous owners had done some modifications. Firstly they had made a car port with an upstairs bedroom, then they enclosed the car port and extended the ...
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Do we have to worry about liquid leveler being too heavy?

We're having flooring installed soon and our current floors have a decent slope to them and aren't level. The installer is going to use a liquid leveler. Do we have to worry about it being too heavy ...
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Sagging Floor Joist in House Built in 1925

My daughter is in the process of buying her first home and she paid for an inspection. The inspector found that the joists under one of the bedrooms in the center of the house that sits on a basement ...
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Paint under stain/poly in hardwood floors removal

When I moved into my new construction home recently, there were issues where there seemed to be paint or dust trapped in the stain or under the polyurethane. The builder sent in his floor guy who has ...
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size a steel beam

What size beam do I need to span 21'. Beam supported at both ends. Beam resting and attached on concrete wall at both ends. Beam will hold one end of a floor system - so stabilized by floor system. ...
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Squishy manufactured floors can they be fixed?

My brand new manufactured floors has squish boards when I walk. Can this be fixed?
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Flooring for Pool Shed

I have scoured the internet for answers to this but can not find one. However I think I can ask a more intelligent question now that I have more information. I have a pool shed (refrigerator, bench ...
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What flooring over trex (and how to prep it) in unheated sunroom?

Okay, so I've been searching and googling and going just slightly nuts trying to answer this question. We recently converted our screened porch to an unheated sunroom. The existing flooring is trex (...
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Can I restore the shine on laminate flooring?

I've had laminate flooring (Pergo) for several years and is now so dull, it looks like my floor is dirty all the time. Can I put shine on it like Clean and Gleam from Melaleuca? I know it has to ...
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1920s wood flooring type

I have a 1928 pacific northwest house. There is some kind of tongue and groove flooring under the existing flooring in my kitchen but it is difficult to see what it is. It is about a 1/2 inch thick ...
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Wood floor Transition Strip

I’m working room-by-room in my house removing old wood flooring and installing new Cali Bamboo flooring. Because Bamboo expands and contracts so much, the manufacturer suggests using transition ...
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Does laying vinyl click flooring under appliances void the warranty?

I have just had a new kitchen installed and after all I decided to put a new floor which happens to be vinyl click panels. I was told that to make the floor to look professional the installer would ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Can you use gloss polyurethane for first coat when finishing floors?

When I had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and refinished, the contractor put down satin polyurethane for the base coat, then gloss for the top coat. I'm now refinishing a floor myself. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should I maximize soundproofing when installing new hardwood flooring?

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Do I need a whole-house humidifier in Victoria BC with radiant floor heating?

We are building a new 4000sf home in Victoria BC. Heating will be in-floor radiant (no ducting). The floors are mostly hardwood with tile in a few areas. The year-round average humidity here varies ...
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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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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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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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Finish vinyl plank flooring (subfloor step)

Just wondering the proper way to finish this project: