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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 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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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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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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Has anyone painted a basement floor with an epoxy during winter with success?

I am getting ready to beane doo some black mastic off my floors. Next I plan on filling any holes (patching), after patching and muriatic acid, epoxy will come next. I have never used an epoxy paint ...
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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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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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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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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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How to/do I need to remove adhesive from old tiles before placing new?

Updating the flooring in a small bathroom with "luxury" peel and stick vinyl flooring. After starting to remove the old vinyl tile flooring, there is an INCREDIBLY sticky later of glue left behind (...
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Must remove old adhesive before installing new peel and stick vinyl?

Advice needed! There are three layers of flooring currently in our kitchen : 1) original linoleum 2) 20 year old vinyl tile (something like peel and stick) 3) 15 year old vinyl peel and stick ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I put the shine back on my wood floor - just one spot.

I used a Mr.Clean Scrubber on my wood floor to remove a black heel mark. It took the shine off the floor. It is a small spot and I would like to somehow put something on it to mask the dullness. ...
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Install a gas stove over vinyl flooring?

I just installed vinyl flooring over an old plywood subfloor. It used to be covered with very old linoleum. Now I'm installing a new gas range. The stove manual says the floor needs to withstand 167-...
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Cork floors in humid regions?

The current relative humidity outside right now for me is 87%. I'd like to install a cork floor but the manufacturer's website says: Maintain a moderate temperature and relative humidity around 50-...
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is cork underlayment on a concrete basement floor a workable proposition?

Next up in my basement finish process are the floors. We've decided to go with vinyl for the bathroom (and under-stairs closet), and carpet everywhere else. I'm planning on putting in a 6mil plastic ...
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How do I finish a concrete floorÉ

My basement has a concrete floor that is all jagged. It`s missing about 1 1/2 inches of concrete to be even with everything else....what do I do?? Will self-leveling cement adhere to such a jagged/...
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Can I apply polyurethane to new engineered hardwood floors?

I just laid new engineered Maple 5/8in hardwood floors. They have a dull look. Can I polyurethane them?
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Fixing floor border in the gap between hardwood floor panel and tiles

We have recently ripped out old carpets and replaced them with wooden floor panels. In some places there is a gap between the wooden floor panels and tiles ( in the chimney).... How do I fix floor ...
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Is 1/2“ OSB over old hardwood flooring a good base for 1/2” engineered solid bamboo?

I have a house built in the 40's the hardwood is disgusting. We like a more contemporary/modern look. So we bought a 5 1/4" wide solid bamboo stranded. I don't want to pull up all of the old flooring ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony. I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different lengths (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I ...
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Floor advice - gaps, leveling, sound improvements and materials

I am a new homeowner and thus new avid DIY enthusiast :) We recently had a new radiator installed and relocated, and had to remove all the existing materials. This is what I discovered (see image) ...
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Will the door I wish to build last using my method?

I am new to this forum and am glad to now be a part of what seems like a knowledgeable friendly community. I have a question about a method I used to make my front door. The reason I am asking is that ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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Ecologoic sealing “natural” stone floor indoors (impregnation)

I just finished to lay out natural stone tiles and was about to put on a chemical sealer I brought along with the stones (see this French product site, sorry, I can't find an english page), when I ...
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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Click vinyl on basement floor with drain

I have a basement with a grade leading to a drain in the floor. The previous owner added a wall over the drain and put self-levelling cement on one side of the wall, over top of existing linoleum ...
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Porcelain vs ceramic tile for the whole house

I am in the process of installing new floor in my house. I have been told by a friend that porcelain tile is a lot harder and more durable than ceramic tile and therefore better. Another friend told ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I transition vinyl to carpet flooring?

I plan on laying vinyl planking that will transition into carpet. This is in the basement and not a highly trafficked area. This is on a concrete slab. I also have never messed with carpet so I am ...
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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 ...