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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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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

I am planning to install prefinished solid 3 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick ash hardwood in my home using 2" cleats. I live in Canada, so the average indoor humidity difference between winter and summer is ...
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Floor sagging between joist- please help

I recently bought an old home- 102 years old and have some flooring issues. The long story is we bought it knowing it had foundation problems in the rear right corner. The home had a poured concrete ...
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Hardwood loose, has gap over radiant floor

Just bought a new place with white oak hardwood and radiant heating. The hardwood is 3/4" (verified). Floor has developed gaps in certain areas. One area in particular is loose when I walk on it, so ...
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New hardwood floor crackles

It would be really great if someone could give me some advice on the following issue: Last year I bought a house and had a hardwood floor installed (solid hardwood, stapled on plywood over crawlspace)...
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Stapling hardboard

I'm reupholstering a dining chair that has a hardboard seat base. My manual upholstering stapler doesn't stand a chance against it. Most staples don't even penetrate the surface. I know I'm not ...
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Hallway dilemma. Want to have hardwood floors installed for parents but they can’t leave house for 2-3 days

My parents have a pretty expensive home. It’s a multi level ranch style home. The living, dining, great room all have nice quality hardwood floors. Off the large marble foyer consist of 3 steps and a ...
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How to remove hair dye stains on hardwood floor?

I made a stupid mistake of not cleaning hair dye stains from hardwood floor immediately and now it has been almost 3 months. I tried with Clorox regular bleach but it is not working. Any suggestions ...
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Installing Plywood Underlayment over Plywood Subfloor

We are renovating an apartment and trying to install a 3/4'' solid hardwood floor in the living room. We pulled out the existing carpet along with a 5/8''particle board underlayment. Under that we ...
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Does the application of a new layer of lacquer dissolve pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing on lacquering to 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will ...
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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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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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Fix deep Scratches on hardwood floor

I notice deep cracks on hardwood floor all over like below. We really like the house and buy it. Is this a major problem or a common one
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Do I need to remove the adhesive from peel & stick vinyl when putting hardwood with rosin paper?

I am removing peel and stick vinyl from plywood and will be putting nailed 3/4 in hardwood in its place. Do I need to get all of the adhesive up or is it ok to just put my rosin paper or other ...
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What species of wood floor do I have?

We are refinishing our wood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. Initially, multiple people suggested that it's pine wood but now after sanding our flooring guy thinks it's ...
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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“Click-Lock”, “Engineered”, “Engineered Click”, and “Solid” hardwood… Is there a difference between “Engineered” and “Engineered-Click”?

I've researched this a bunch already and I'm pretty far down the decision timeline, but I was looking at samples again tonight and I've realized that I need a more definitive answer before I can make ...
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What to look for in wood selection when building a coffee table frame with glass top

I'm looking to build a coffee table with a design similar to that in the picture. A simple frame, with a glass top. The other photo I've included is one of my floor, which might be teak (I rent, in ...
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Sanded polyurethane off

Had a mess up on my poly with streaks so decided to redo and take back down to wood. Is it necessary to redo the sides or can I just sand down over the end and leave the rest as per picture. Thanks!
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Quieting existing hardwood floor

I recently purchased a home which has a nice hardwood installed floor on the second floor. However, I've noticed that that you can easily hear people on the second floor (talking at a reasonable ...
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Making exposed structural wood look nice

I built a loft/bed in a bedroom. It uses structural 2x which will be exposed once the room is complete. The structural 2x (a vertical 2x6 post and horizontal 2x12-2 beams spanning 75% of the room) ...
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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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Is it appropriate to put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor?

My installer put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor. Is that a problem?
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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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How do I lay hardwood over a transition in a room that is not level?

We are going to be laying hardwood in our entire upper floor. The subfloor between two of the rooms is on a bit of a slope. What's the best way to lay the hardwood over this transition. We are going ...
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Fixing sloping hardwood floor in rental apartment

I just moved into a rental apartment in the top floor of a 1900 building with a very old hardwood floor. The floor looks attractive, except the whole room is on a slant. I estimate that one side of ...
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Hardwood flooring: transitions and expansion gaps

I'm gearing up to start installing flooring in my remodel, and I'm looking for input of a few finer details. My house is a split level, and I'm installing hardwood on the upper level with the ...
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Repairing tile laid on harwood floor - how to make best of bad situation?

The previous owner of my house laid slate tile over hardwood in the entryway. A 9 square foot area has become loose and I need to re-set the tiles. Pulling everything out is not an option; I'm ...
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What type of wood is this scrap piece?

I picked up this slab of wood from my local Woodcraft in the scrap pile but have no idea what it is. This particular piece is 8x12x2".
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How do I get the most out of cracked lumber?

I'm about to build my first* large project with real hardwood, and because random widths and lengths lumber is so much cheaper than standard cut lumber (and typical cut lumber sizes are often not even ...
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how to avoid tiny gaps in end joints of hardwood floor install

I am installing my first ever hardwood floor. It's pre-finished 3/4" solid wood, and it's been pretty fun. I've noticed that some of my end joints have some very tiny gaps on one side of the joint (...
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Cork on _top_ of hardwood floors?

I have hardwood floors in a rental unit and I'd like to turn a portion of one room into a 'workspace'. But I'd also like to protect the floors from minor spills, tools falling, etc. I know that some ...
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Refinish Part of Hardwood Floor?

I have a large spot on my floors where an office chair has been rolling back and forth on for years. The spot is now a bit worn and the finish on the surface has faded over time. In the photo, bottom ...
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What is this subfloor, and do I need a wood underlayment for hardwood

First off, I have 3/4 inch of this subfloor: It is on the first floor, and the area covers 700 sqft. Question 1: What type of subfloor is this? I think it's OSB but I want to make sure because when ...
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I just polyurethane 700 sq ft. of hardwood flooring

I waited 48 hours for the floor to cure, got on it with knee pads and left impressions. Some slid and wrinkled. How do I repair these spots. I have about 7 of them.
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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

So we are refinishing an old oak hardwood floor, we have sanded it and are cleaning it currently before we apply a satin water-based polyurethane (with no stain). Probably from varathane or minwax. ...
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Hardwood Filler is Popping up

We had new hardwood floors installed in our house and the installer used wood filler. Now 6 months later the wood filler is popping up in areas he filled that were existing flooring that remained. The ...
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transition between hardwood plank and molding on stairs

I just got hardwood stairs installed. [The installer left a gap between the end of the hardwood plank and the molding and filled it with putty—and it looks terrible.][3] What can I do to cover that ...
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Can I replace a hardwood floor board without replacing the entire floor?

I have a piece of floor that expanded and is popping up due to some water damage (attached photo). Is it possible to just take out the piece and trim it down to make it fit? Or would I need to ...
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Bamboo 3/8" hardwood nailer

I am having a hard time finding a nailer that take cleats and has a plate for 3/8 hardwood bamboo. Could I use either 1/4 or 1/2 plates? This is my first time nailing down a hardwood floor and want ...
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Fixing a 1920 row house - hardfloor cupping/buckle/warpping

So today my wife noticed the new floor (3 weeks installed) has a funny feel in one spot. I noticed a few wood panels look warped and cupped particularly in one area. What causes that and how to ...
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Where should I start laying a nail down hardwood floor in this room?

I am planning on installing a nail-down 2 1/4" hardwood floor in our great room. Each wall of the room has an "interruption", so I'm wondering where the best place to start is. One side has a large ...
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What's the best way to repair this hardwood floor damage?

Does anyone have any better solutions for dealing with my hardwood floor damage than what I describe below? Below is a picture of my bathroom floor. Water has apparently damaged it from a toilet leak ...
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hardwood floor hole susceptible to wood filler?

I have a hole in the hardwood floor (I think it's birch) and I'm thinking to fill it with wood filler. Is that a good idea? Here's the hole: It's probably 2/3 mm in diameter. Thanks!!
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Tacky Danish oil surface on stained Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I arrived at the decision ...
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Carbolineum safety and removal from wood

someone we hired brush painted carbolineum onto wooden structures in our basement below the house. The (wooden) roof of the basement is the floor of the kitchen. The entire house smells horrendous and,...
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setting up long runs of hardwood flooring: where to square from?

So I have a 3 bedroom house, middle room being the smallest. The master is the widest covering the width of the house, and the 3rd room at the back is long and 2/3 the width of the master. I am doing ...
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Fixing streaky pickling (whitewash) stain

I'm making butcher-block style counter tops from reclaimed hardwood flooring (oak, I think). I plan to finish it with Waterlox sealer, but my wife is concerned that the sealer will color the wood too ...