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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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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Should outdoor rug be used on wood decks?

I have wood deck. It get's periodically treated. The last treatment was 3-4 years ago. Was wondering if it's alright to put an outdoor rug (8x10 ft.) on it? Will be placing chair and outdoor gas ...
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Replacing carpet with laminate flooring - can I cover over damaged area?

I’ve decided to change from carpet (rug) to laminate flooring. There is a spot with some damage, near a vent. The damaged section has about a million nails in it so I want to leave it there. I was ...
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Laminate Flooring For a Laundry Room

I am in the process of remodeling my laundry room. Next step is to replace the flooring. Currently the flooring is old one sheet vinyl glued down on concrete. I want to find out the feasibility of ...
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How do I tell if dried flooring glue is oil-based or water-based?

I removed vinyl flooring that was glued down (by a previous owner) in the 1990's, and there is a significant amount of dried glue left behind on the concrete floor. The self-leveler and glue that I ...
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Can somebody help me understand my washing machine installation report?

I had a integrated washing machine fitted yesterday due to the covid 19 situation I kept a good safety distance from them and there was minimal communication. The plumbers left without any explanation ...
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Grandpa leaves the floor wet

We have one room whose laminate flooring we need to protect. Grandpa is in there most of the time, it's his bedroom, and he often leaves the floor wet. We need protective covering that we can remove ...
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Flooring multiple rooms

The photo attached shows both vinyl/ laminate flooring and carpet. My plan is to rip out carpet and install new vinyl flooring right on top of existing hardwood floors. Once I rip out carpet the ...
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How to lay last row of Hardwood Flooring under an undercut the Baseboard?

I've (almost) decided to undercut my baseboards before installing a hardwood floor. For the last row of planks, how do I get them under the undercut baseboard, i.e. won't the second to last row ...
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How can I secure vinyl plank flooring that has lifted?

I have a warped vinyl tile that does not lay flat on the floor underneath. There is not water damage, there is no other apparent problem. What solutions can you suggest? Maybe I can use a glue to ...
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Wood Floor Worn Spot!

I have a bamboo floor that's been work throughout the years in a few isolated spots. Because the majority of the floor looks fine, I'm hoping I can patch up the spots that have issues. I attempted one ...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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Advice for installing click lock engineered bamboo floor over linoleum?

I am currently acclimating a bunch of Home Decorators Collection click lock engineered bamboo flooring. The installation area (entryway and kitchen) currently has very even/flat linoleum and I plan to ...
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Epoxy over cementboard

I have achieved fantastic results applying epoxy over the concrete floor in my basement apartment. I am currently doing the kitchen in my main unit. My preferred flooring choice is stone tile ...
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Fixing cuts in floorboards

We've noticed some cut in half floorboards, underneath old carpet looking to see if it is possible to repair these cuts with some way. Or does the entire floorboard need replacing? We can't put on ...
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Example Registers for 2“ x 12” Duct

I am new to DIY Stack Exchange as well as home renovations in general so I will do my best to be concise and provide adequate clarity for my question, without sounding overtly inexperienced. I had a ...
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Subfloor Dilemma

Hello Folks wiser than I! So here's my deal: I'm currently going for an install of luxury plank vinyl in a small bedroom of a very old house...the only thing is, my sub-floor is patchy and odd with ...
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Is there such a thing as a combination floor nailer and finish nailer?

Last time I installed engineered hardwood, the subfloor was concrete and I floated the floor. For my current project, there's a plywood subfloor so I'd like to nail it down. However I don't have a ...
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Laying vinyl over a floor with both particle board and tiles

In our laundry, I need to replace a section of the floor due to water damage. I am planning on putting a yellow-tongue 19mm thick particle board over the left-hand side of the photo to fix the floor. ...
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How can I add support for my floor inside a rigid metal return vent?

I bought an old house with tongue-and-groove flooring and no subfloor. It looks like it was retrofit with a modern HVAC system and floor vents some time in 2008. Whoever installed the return vent made ...
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Can I transition a 12 mm to a 8 mm laminate wood floor in an adjacent room?

Is there a way to transition a 12 mm laminate floor to a 8 mm laminate floor in an adjacent room? We have had trouble finding the same color flooring to replace the floor in an adjacent room except ...
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Could R-11 Sound Batt have a large impact on reducing sound

QUESTION: will Owens Corning R-11 EcoTouch PINK Unfaced Fiberglass Sound Attenuation Insulation Batt help significantly with the sound transmission? I live in town homes, so they are 2 story units ...
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Do I glue luxury vinyl flooring ON or UNDER angled, metal threshold that transitions exterior to interior kitchen floor?

I’m installing LVF, gluing to wood floor (tongue & groove flooring). There is an angled piece of metal the width of the threshold, transitioning the exterior threshold into the kitchen. My ...
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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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How thick of shims can I use to bring new wood floor up to tile height?

I am going to be installing hardwood flooring (Oak) on place of carpet. The wood will mate up with a schluter (sp?) strip with tile on other side. After I remove the carpeting I see they have shims ...
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Tile on OSB substrate in bedroom

A lot of information online about laying tile is specific for bathrooms (that need waterproofing), but in this case I want to remove carpet from a bedroom that is used as office space. This carpet is ...
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Is it OK to use 1/4“ OSB over a standard subfloor before installing 3/4” hardwood on top?

I'm planning to install a hardwood floor to butt up against ceramic tile. The tile looks like it will be 1/4" proud to the wood. Can I install 1/4" OSB over the subfloor, then the paper, then the ...
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Safe to install vinyl plank flooring over existing peel and stick

Looking for some insight on best approach for prepping a floor for vinyl plank install. I am laying down vinyl plank flooring in our laundry room/mud room. I was going to remove the two layers of peel ...
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Hardwood to Tile Different Height Transition

We've just installed some large format tile in our home which required a good chunk of mortar and thinset due to its weight, and as a result we now have a large height difference in this door frame ...
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Can I use cement backer board as a subfloor? [duplicate]

Would it be correct to tack HardieBacker to the floor joists directly or is it necessary to lay exterior plywood when renovating/installing a new bath floor? my home is 140 years old and the floor ...
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Contact surface between subfloor and joists

I had to remove portions of the existing subfloor chipboard panels (18mm depth), which now I need to replace (I already bought a new P5 panel). The problem is that one edge of the hole is irregular, ...
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Hardwood flooring nails showing through plywood from underneath

Hello 8 years ago we installed hardwood floors throughout our entire condo. At that time we had asked our association if that was something we could do. We weren't sure if the foundation or the condo ...
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Should we glue above and below our rubber underlayment for wooden floors?

We have received our delivery of 3/4 inch thick engineered wood planks. They are 8 inches wide, random lengths, and the white oak layer on top is about 3/16 thick. Subfloor is very good and solid ...
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Linoleum underlayment removal

We have three rooms that have linoleum, which we'd like to tile. They all transition flush to 3/4" thick hardwood flooring at the same height, so I have to assume there is some kind of additional ...
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What is the difference between floor and subfloor? Is subfloor a part of floor?

Consider the following image (img_1) I guess the whole thing is called a floor framing system and subfloor is a part of the system. So subfloor is a part of floor. is my understanding right?
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Is this a floor framing system? what is the difference between joist splices and floor joists?

I googled "floor framing" and got lots of results. The following (img_1) is the simpler one. According to the anotations in the image, there are 7 joists, 2 bearers, 6 stumps, right? Consider the ...
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Should I level the subfloor before or after adding another layer of subfloor?

When laying a second layer of plywood subfloor to support granite tiles, does the original plywood subfloor need to be leveled first or just level the floor after adding the second layer? I have about ...
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Laminate floor boards cut too short

my contractor cut the laminate boards too short leaving about 1/8" gap in some places and installed them. Any way to make them looking good?
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Closing gap around floor transition strip and door trim

Having finished major renovations, I'm focusing now on the fit and finish work in a 1964 U.S.A. ranch-style home. As you can see in these pictures, the slap-dash flooring transition is shoddily done ...
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What type of subfloor will stand up to water in a bathroom?

I'm remodeling our bathroom because of some issues we're having with our floor. The kids weren't shutting the shower curtain when they decided to take a 30 minute shower. They would have a pile of wet ...
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raise floor level and floor over cavity, is there a better solution?

We have had two walls removed to open into an extension (340x320cm) and to add french doors to the extension. We face 2 issues: The dining room floor is at a slightly lower level to the kitchen ...

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