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 to install a concrete subfloor indoors?

The previous owners of our house enclosed a sunroom with stucco walls. The floor is old cobblestone and brick pavers with dirt underneath but they covered it with a cheap carpet. We're planning to ...
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How do I nicely cover this floor pipe in the basement?

So I'm adding flooring to my basement and I've got this sewer access cap thing in the way. I know I need to wrap the flooring around it and then I assume I'll need to cover it with something. What is ...
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Floating floor over old mastic?

I recently had carpet and asbestos tile tested and removed from my basement, and now am left with concrete covered with black mastic (non-asbestos per testing). I would like to cover the floor with ...
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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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Herringbone flooring from regular laminate

I'm looking to do the floor in out new house, we love the herringbone design but the specific planks are quite expensive. I'm wondering if I can achieve a herringbone style by just following the ...
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Replaced carpet with laminated veneer plank flooring - now there is a gap between the casing and floor

I have removed the carpet from my living room and am preparing to install LVP. The problem is that the door casing is too high. There is a 1/4" gap between the bottom of the casing and the LVP. ...
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Why does water accumulate on the hardwood floors in my 1930 home?

My home was build 1930 and nothing has been updated. In my downstairs bedroom under anything that sits on the floor from my bed, night stands, dog crate, and other things the floors will puddle with ...
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any way to repair marble tile over subfloor

When I bought my house, its marble floors appeared to be in good condition. However, they have steadily chipped, fissured and fractured until reaching their current fragmented state. The picture shows ...
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Indoor Putting Green - Not Level

I have a finished basement with a floor made up of square, 8" ceramic tiles. I have a putting green placed on top of the floor that is made up of interlocking hard plastic modules, each about 2 ...
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Old adhesive over concrete

Pulling up old laminate flooring from concrete slab home. No underlayment, just old adhesive. Do I have to remove all adhesive with a solvent or can I just lay the underlayment and place new pergo on ...
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How can I remove this floor transition, and what should it be replaced with once I lay LVP?

I'm planning to replace a linoleum floor with LVP. The transition strip/threshold matches the wood floor, but since the LVP is a few mm thicker than the linoleum, I don't think it'll fit once I lay ...
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Floor moisture issue, discoloration. What could be the cause?

We've been experiencing an issue across the floor on one half section of the house where there are discoloration spots across the floor. Moisture meter reads high- anywhere from 40-80% on spots with ...
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Filling gap beneath hardwood floor (between floorboard and foundation)

There's a sizeable gap between the edge of hardwood flooring and the foundation by this fireplace: You can see that the wooden base the strip of floor was nailed too ends about inch early: As a ...
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Did I harm the integrity of my house trying to run a wire?

I wanted to run a CAT6 cable simply from a first floor room to the second floor room directly above it. I drilled through the bottom plate in the wall on the 2nd floor as shown. I first used a 1/2 in ...
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What technical reasons do builders use white baseboards over wood-woodstained?

I am Italian and I live in USA since a few years. I bought house in Florida. Why in Florida everyone has a white baseboard (that seems made of a cheap material), and in Italy everyone has a wooden one ...
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How to fix this laminate flooring edge?

I'm not all that DIY savvy and so had some guys come fit a laminate floor for me. It covers two floors, one of wood and one of concrete, and due to the different levels there's a reasonable amount of ...
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Sistering a joist - bathroom floor

I am repairing my bathroom subfloor which had a leak from the shower step that caused the floor to rot. So far I have demoed the shower floor and will demo the remaining bathroom floor and install ...
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Subfloor and Batten Construction of 1950s Hardwood Floor

Recently purchased a 1950s cape cod style home with hardwood floors throughout. They squeak terribly everywhere in the home. As I got ready to tackle this problem with glue and screws through the ...
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Tiles or Hardwood: which one better handles movement across a subfloor joint? [closed]

I bought a 2400 sqf house. It now has carpet everywhere. Below the carpet I have concrete slab in the new part (built in 2009, ~800 sqft) and the old house has a wood subfloor with on top a solid ...
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Tips for avoiding floor impact noise

We had a 2-story extension built, complies with earthquake code in Oregon. It only has a sub-floor right now but the impact noise from the bedroom to the kitchen downstairs is shocking. The final ...
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Proper tool for installing engineered wood flooring

Lauzon 3 1/4 planks, tongue-and-groove. To clarify, it's the stuff with 1/8" real wood on top. Over OSB sub-floor. This is all new construction. About 500 sf right now, but another 500 sf about 6 ...
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How to fill void under bathroom vanity before installing laminate flooring and legged vanity

We are removing an old floor mounted vanity and wanting to install new laminate flooring throughout the bathroom. We are planning to install a vanity with legs, not tight to the floor (one we can ...
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Was concrete commonly used for 2nd floor flooring in multi-family apartment units built in 1950s?

I used to live in a 2nd floor unit in an apartment built in 1950. There was a golf sized "sink hole" on the floor and I wonder if I may have been exposed to asbestos. I remember the floor ...
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Heat against laminate flooring causes condensation

I bought a house a year ago which had laminate flooring installed across the entire house. Sometimes I will sleep on the floor on a foam mattress topper. I noticed that there would be days where I'd ...
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How should I attach this sheet flooring?

I'm finishing the bathroom in my basement and doing most of it myself. I'm learning along the way, which is both fun and challenging. My current step is figuring out how to attach this flooring to the ...
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Color matching: repaired white oak flooring turned out pink

I had someone replace a row and half of my white oak flooring. The original flooring was Owens white oak with bona natural finish. My repairer ordered the same wood, installed it, then did a natural ...
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Uneven floor and pending joints

We found out after buying the house, when sanding the floors, that it’s uneven. We looked in basement to find out that there is wood pending between the joints. Is this normal for house built in 1960? ...
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Vinyl Planks “click” when tapping on joint directly

I am in the process of putting Golden Arowana vinyl plank flooring in my basement. I went around the room and the floor seemed to be level (or within tolerance of 3/16"). I am using an ...
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Laminate flooring finishing around door jam

I just completed my laminate floor and used quarter round trim to cover the edges/gaps in the floor. I would love to get some suggestions to have good finishing at the door frames as shown in the ...
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Is there a reasonable substitute for nail guns when installing baseboards?

What are the alternatives to nail guns? I need to install new MDF based baseboards and trims. Buying a new nail gun with air compressor or a battery powered nail-gun is quite costly. I see there is ...
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What's the best way to deal with the floor of a shed with water infiltration?

I have an old carriage house on my property, probably over a century old, which sits on what is now the lowest part of my property. As a result, water runs back into it along the driveway (which also ...
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What tape is appropriate for underlayment?

I am installing bamboo flooring with Floormuffler underlayment. This type includes a moisture lip & adhesive for joining the long sides. I have a few seams to join that don’t have the lip/adhesive,...
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Stain / residue on hardwood after years of rug covering

I just bought a house from the mid 1800’s. Hardwood throughout but two rooms have had rugs on the floor for obviously many, many, years. When we pulled up the rugs we found that the hardwood was ...
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Cracks in Garage Floor Causes Cracks in Polyaspartic Garage Floor Coating

I recently applied a Polyaspartic coating on our garage floor. There are small but prevalent cracks in this coating, that appears to be caused by the small cracks in the concrete of the garage floor. ...
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How to Align vanity flush without creating a gap from baseboard?

We are installing this vanity and we are trying to figure out our best situation the legs are flush against the back of the vanity so the whole unit will be fat on the wall. But with the baseboard ...
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Should I leave a gap between flooring and shower for caulk?

I intend to caulk either way, but wondering if leaving a small gap will help better seal the flooring the shower. Should I butt up to the shower basin and apply a small bead of caulk, or is it better ...
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Alternative to T Transitions for floating laminate floor

I have a floating floor on concrete slab that joins to tile in a number of common, high traffic walk ways in our home: The standard way of joining a floating floor to a fixed one (or two floating ...
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Mop disintegrates when used on coarse stone floor - any good alternatives?

We have some natural stone tile which is pretty coarse. This is actually a very pretty (IMO) natural texture but it is a little hard to clean. Vacuuming is fine but like most hard surfaces also needs ...
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Vinyl Flooring: Wet glue underneath and pink and black stains on top

I had vinyl flooring professionally laid 2 years ago. Now it is covered in black stains and a faint pink discolouration. We have the same flooring in two different rooms - in the kitchen (which is ...
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How should I raise the subfloor in one room to match another?

I am installing some new vinyl plank, and I have an issue where my dining room (linoleum) and living room (laminate) meet. The dining room is about 3/8" higher than the living room. I want to ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

I’m putting in hardwood floors and I am at the spot where kitchen cabinets would go. The last strip is going to be narrower than whole flooring boards, and usually I would rip the boards going ...
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Identifying magnesite flooring

TLDR: resistivity values and other identifying features for magensium oxychloride (Sorel) cement please. I have a 1950s council house where the ground floor is 2 types (one room dark brown, one room ...
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How To Provide For Carpet Edging?

I have a lower level hallway in my house that is currently carpeted all the way through the hallway and into the adjacent Den room. See outline drawing below: This hallway is a high traffic area from ...
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How to cover gaps between hardwood floor and bottom of door frame

After my floor tiles have been replaced by hardwood floor I have a gap underneath every door frame that is about 5mm (see picture). How is this usually covered? I am looking for answers that consider ...
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Sealing Pet Odor on Balcony Floor

We recently purchased a condo that used to be a rental unit and balcony reeks of pet urine. I cannot completely tell the type of material used for the flooring but it looks like it’s epoxy sand or ...
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Best method to use carpet samples squares to create a Rug? [closed]

I have plenty of carpet samples and I wanted to make an area rug with them. I would like to make a rug out of them, maybe I can create a pattern with the carpet squares and then glue them to some ...
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Would I need to refinish floors after removing walls and patching the flooring?

I am planning on making a bid for a property but it needs renovations done. Two of those are the floors and taking down some walls to open up the house more. Ideally we would be able to do both at the ...
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Does flooring need to be done before built-in wardrobes?

I am just preparing to purchase a house that needs renovations done. If we can afford both we would like to redo the flooring to timber and also have built-in wardrobes installed. If we cannot do both ...
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Code for new flooring over gas lines

I am installing new flooring in a condo. The condo association removed the old floor heating in favor of vent heating. However, the copper what I assume to be gas lines (or water lines are sticking ...
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Why is it a bad idea to install self-stick tiles over luan plywood?

I am intending to instal self stick tiles over a primed luan underlayment in a bathroom. However, the manufacturer's instructions clearly state: DO NOT install over unsuitable or unstable subflooring ...

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