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 is this under the backerboard?

I am currently working on demoing our kitchen and am not sure how to proceed. I recently did our bathroom and for the floor I left the old backerboard, chiseled remaining thinset, applied a self-...
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Raising Level Of Concrete Floor to Equal Existing Tile In The Same Room

We would like to install vinyl luxury planks in our dining room. We have removed the 20 year old carpet, padding and tacking strips so that the concrete slab is exposed. The room was laid out with a ...
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Floor leveling compound ontop of glued-down laminate

There is floating LVP currently installed in my kitchen which needs to be replaced. Underneath it is glued-down laminate. There is a small section of the floor that dips down that I would like to ...
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Flooring Subfloor Condition How smooth it has to be

Just tore out 800 sf of ceramic tile for installation of laminate flooring. I've spent 2 days on a hammer drill trying to wear down the 30 year old thinset, but there are still quite a few spots ...
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Removing residual thinset and slight highspots in subfloor before another layer of plywood underlayerment

Removed tile from a plywood subfloor and there is a very small ammount of uneven thinset residue like 1/16" in spots randomly scattered. Not worried about the level as it appear flat but worried ...
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Cupping of hardwood floors

I live in central NC in a house with a crawlspace. The house had 400 sq ft of white oak flooring installed when it was built in 2003. Prior to moving in, I had the downstairs all converted to white ...
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Should I raise my subfloor when moving from 3/4" hardwood to thinner laminate?

When moving from a 3/4" hardwood floor to a thinner product such as engineered or laminate which is usually 8mm or 12mm, do you typically want to offset the lower profile of the new product by ...
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Idea to fill the tile gap after removing the wall

I removed the wall in my basement which has a tile floor. I want to fill this gap where the wall was and looking for ways on what i can do which is going to look good. Shared picture is part of the ...
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Hand build wood transition strip two different height floors

I have seen several posts about transition strips but not the answers I needed. I have two different heights but same flooring. Is there a way to build a wood transition strip that can be stained. ...
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Techniques for leveling small section of subfloor

I recently had my back door removed and replaced with a sliding patio door. When framing the new opening, some of the framing was rotten and replaced. Due to the house being 118 years old, things aren'...
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What is happening to this wooden floor?

What is happening to this wooden floor and why? It's happening in various places, but not all over the floor. It's not even limited to where there is heavy traffic or where I have a chair on wheels. ...
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Suggestions to hold floating laminate floor from sliding on vapor barrier installed over concrete slab

I need suggestions for keeping a laminate floating floor in place during installation on a vapor barrier over concrete. I was hoping to hear of good ideas to prevent this slip/slide effect on the ...
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How to place engineered hardwood against rough fireplace hearth? [duplicate]

We are going to replace the carpet in our living room with engineered hardwood flooring. We’ve installed the flooring elsewhere in our home so that part isn’t a problem. The problem is what do we do ...
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Playhouse flooring options

I've started a playhouse for my kids on a figure-it-out-as-I-go basis, and I finally hit the point where I'm recognizing how little I know about what I'm doing. My specific question is what's my best ...
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Do I need to let my basement subfloor breathe?

I live in a mostly cold environment and I’m planning to finish my basement floor with standard interlocking foam tiles (with a slight rigid texture) for underlayment (soft/insulated) topped with roll-...
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Cover join between carpet and lino flooring

Some months ago, we replaced our floating wooden flooring with lino planks. Previously, where the wooden flooring met our carpets, we had some sort of “cover strip” which was like a thin strip of hard ...
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Porch flooring: vinyl click & lock planks an option?

I am contemplating finishing an outdoor porch floor with vinyl click & lock planks. Is this feasible? The porch is 100% covered, and is on the North side. It receives no direct sunlight, except at ...
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Pulling up fiber board to install new tile flooring

My wife decided we've had enough of the cheep vinyl tile in our kitchen... She started to pull up the tiles and I came in and started to cut and pull up the 1/4 ply and 1/2 particle board underneath. ...
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What is cheap rug backing

I bought some rugs from walmart. I used one under an office chair. After a few years I lifted up the rug and it had a ton of power under neath it as if someone spilt a can of baby power under it. It ...
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Using scaffolding boards (new or used) for flooring or counter tops

I've got access to cheap scaffolding boards. Using those and a planer/thicknesser, are there any downsides to trying to use them in flooring or biscuit-jointed as worktops? I've installed normal ...
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How do I handle a thin strip of vinyl plank flooring against a wall?

I am removing carpet and putting in vinyl plank flooring. I have finished the living room and am moving onto the family room. These two rooms are connected through a passage and separated by a wall in ...
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How to level a sloping concrete slab with a 2” difference?

I know this sounds bad and I need to give some backstory to not sound off the alarms... I’m going to give the main question first and then backstory below so you know I’m not crazy. Question: We have ...
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How do I fix or finish a partially sanded wood floor

In my home office (it was a bedroom before and will be one in the future) I have a wooden floor (not laminate) and I have an office chair with plastic wheels on it. Over a number of years these ...
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What should I consider when determining whether to clear coat, oil/wax or paint an old fir floor?

I'm not sure how to make the decision about how to finish my 100 year old fir floor. The boards are 7/8" thick, but quite splintery. They have stains on them. Even after sanding 1-2mm of material ...
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Installing tiles on bare floor after removing kitchen cabinet

We had to remove a kitchen cabinet to free space for a dishwasher, and now the visible floor is bare. I have few tiles that I would like to install on that area, but I have no idea what steps I should ...
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Cement board under cabinet with no tile

In my basement apartment, I had concrete underlayment and I decided to not install tile under the cabinets even though some people advised me to do. It turned out well especially because I ended up ...
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engineered or solid wood flooring over plywood subfloor

I wonder if anyone can help! I live in a first floor flat in an old listed building and have recently had 18mm ply laid over my whole floor, over the old floorboards, this was needed in order to level ...
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How to remove LevelQuik RS?

2 years ago, I used LevelQuik RS to level/smooth out a concrete foundation so I could install stick on vinyl planks (terrible idea). The resulting floor has plenty of waves and high spots. I'm now ...
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What is this plastic strip inside my laminate flooring?

I'm installing this laminate flooring and noticed a plastic stirp in the groove of each plank. What is it for and should it stay where it is or be removed during the installation? Laminate brand: ...
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laying plywood flooring over potential asbestos floor tiles

I have removed old carpet in the main bedroom which has exposed potential asbestos containing floor tiles (this is not confirmed but the look of them and age of the house is a strong give away that ...
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Best way to fill gaps between flooring panels evenly

For some reason, on the floor of the apartment all horizontal joints have gaps like the picture at the bottom (Vertical joints are fine). This causes unpleasant sensation when I put my bare skin on it,...
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Sealing water leak between kitchen cabinets and floor

Since moving into our house 5 years ago, we have spilled a large amount of water on our kitchen floor a few times. When this happens, the water leaks into the floor boards and drips all the way into ...
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What exactly is a “deep” (or “shallow”) scratch on a vitrified floor?

I have scratches on my floor made by a sofa having been dragged. Since I am not a native English speaker, I apologize for the clumsy description of my floor, there is certainly a right word for it I ...
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Is it safe to add a floor to my garage attic?

It looks like the roof is made with trusses. Is there any way to add some flooring to store some boxes?
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Using left over pergo boards instead of 2x4 to mount a peg board

I have a set of leftover pergo boards that I want to use as backing for putting up a 8’x4’ peg board. The wall I want to mount them on is concrete. Would pergo boards arranged as in the pic behind ...
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Popping sound from specific spot on floor

Six months ago my wife and I moved into a 2-story pre-owned home, custom build in 2015. We noticed over the last few days there is a spot on our 2nd floor master bedroom that makes a popping sound ...
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Installing flooring in bathroom and new toilet

new homeowner here that decided to take on too many projects while moving in! One of our projects is installing new "peel-and-stick" laminate tiles from Home Depot and are 2mm thick. We are planning ...
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What kind of underlayment material is this?

This was found under two layers of sheet vinyl flooring in a late 1940s house. Subfloor is fir and there appears to be a black tar-like mastic between it and the wood. The green underlayment feels ...
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How is expansion and contraction affected when screwing a solid wood floor to the subfloor?

I'm installing 20 mm thick solid oak flooring (180 mm wide, 2000+ mm length) on the second floor of my farmhouse in northern Germany. Tongue and groove. "Blind screwing"; same as blind nailing, but ...
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How to make a floor?

OK, that's a very broad question. Let me give the details: We own a very old (estimate: about 100 years) rural house with some land. My wife spent lots of her childhood summers there, our kids like ...
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Should loose underlayment nails be driven in or removed?

When installing vinyl sheet you should not allow nails etc to be sticking out because these will show in the floor. When taking up the old floor you will often find nails are sticking out. How did ...
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How to build a terrace without a deep base?

I am planning to build a wooden terrace near my summer house. I have about 35 leftover steel reinforced concrete slabs that are 137x31x3 cm in size. They weigh about 30-50kg each. I would like to ...
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hardwood flooring in two rooms not parallel

I have hardwood flooring in my dining room and another room, with kitchen in between. I want to extend the flooring to make the kitchen hardwood as well. The problem is that the flooring in the two ...
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Do I need to “fill in” concrete control joints before floating floor installation?

I am preparing to install a laminate floating floor over a concrete slab in my basement. The concrete slab is installed in what appear to be 18' x 18' squares, broken up across the dimensions of my ...
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Removing glued down particle board from subfloor

I'm in the middle of replacing some old carpet in my house with engineered hardwood boards. They're tongue and groove and I'll be nailing the boards down in the end. To that end, I had to remove the ...
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Replacing strips between subfloor and underlayment

I am installing vinyl flooring and am looking to replace the strips between my sub-floor and underlayment. Main reason is because I had particle-board glued on top and had to replace it and I'm ...
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Replacing particle board subfloor with plywood

I am hoping someone will be able to give me advice on how to proceed with my project. I am installing vinyl flooring and noticed the particle subfloor was rotten in a spot. I decided that I wanted to ...
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Best way to secure loose flooring

I have some loose flooring (I think it may be vinyl it's thin and has that plastic feel) that is sliding side to side and can easily be moved with my hand. I assume I can just glue it back down in ...
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Quick and temp way to cover this floor?

The glue in the pic is making me sick and I just want to temporarily cover it until I decide whether I will replace the whole floor etc. I have some vinyl sheet lying around so I'd like to make use ...
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What kind of home flooring is this?

I came across a home in Westchester County, NY that was built in 1908. The entry, living room and dining room had an unusual flooring that I have never seen before. It is multicolored, rectangular ...

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