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Has anyone used 2x12 fir as flooring

New member and new "ish" to woodwork Has anyone ever used 2x12 fir as flooring ? I was recommended ripping down to 3" wide to avoid cracking and cupping - it is grade 1 and love the ...
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Vapor barrier underneath hardwood floor?

I am building a 30x46 pole barn with a subfloor (white oak hardwood on top of the Plywood with tar paper in between ). The floor is 8 ft off the ground in which underneath is dry and open to the ...
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Splotchy polyurethane finish

We’ve been redoing our hardwood floors and have applied a second coat of polyurethane after screen sanding with 180 grit between the first and second coats. The floors upstairs that received the ...
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Stain not drying on hardwoods

We’re staining our sanded hardwood floors with a Minwax oil based stain. We were staining our floors without heat in the house, while it was cooler and damp outside. It’s been almost 24 hours with our ...
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Hardwood Floor Restoration

Hardwood Refinishing Project I am refinishing my hardwood floors in a future rental property (I am the owner), this will be my first time doing this. I have sanded in stages up to 100 grit, edge ...
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Converting carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs

We removed the carpet from our stairs expecting to find plywood stair treads however, that is not what we found. instead, they did three 2x4s. It’s all extremely uneven and I’m not really sure what to ...
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What type of hardwood flooring and installation do I need for uniform look across three levels?

I am ripping out the carpet across all three levels of my house -basement, ground, and upstairs. Basement and ground are concrete slab. I want to install engineered hardwood across all three levels so ...
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Best paint remover for hardwood floors?

Whats the best way to remove paint off of hardwood floors? We were painting my daughters room and didn't notice she accidentally got paint on her shoe till after it was too late. We've tried paint ...
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to address a hump in hardwood floor or not [closed]

Our house is 100 years old and the 2nd floor was carpeted. The carpet was worn out and I pulled it up to find hardwood floors (I did the hall and main bedroom so far). Realizing I have to refinish ...
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Condo Hardwood Install Advice

I am looking into installing new hardwood in my condo and have seen conflicting info on a few things that I could use clarification on. The existing hardwood sits on some some 3/4" sleepers which ...
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Shrinking gaps in glued-down hardwood floor

So our birch floor has a lot of gaps near the kitchen sink. They are uneven in size, and it's as if the pieces have drifted toward sink. I've just spent some quality time prying crud out of the gaps, ...
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Please help me identify this 1927 flooring found under carpet? I need to buy 30 feet for repairs

I’d love to learn how to identify type and color so I can buy some matching repair pieces
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Laying Hardwood in an Octagonal Pattern [closed]

Edit: I do not understand how the below is 'opinion-based' more than any other construction question. I am literally asking if carpenters here have advice on how to do a complex flooring pattern. I ...
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Walls not straight (obviously) how to install hardwoods?

I’m installing Bruce hardwood flooring, I am just starting the first line against the wall and I’ve run into a problem, the spacing is 1/2” on either side, I ran my chalk line and started laying down ...
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Do I need to remove this residue from my floor and if so, how?

We’re in the process of laying down vinyl planks and want to tackle the kitchen next. We recently removed glued down hardwood and are left with this. We’ve tried sanding the residue down and it hasn’t ...
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HELP - hardwood oak floor warping dramatically, how to remediate?

Hey stackexchange community, Not necessarily a DIY question- but thought I’d ask just in case, since we’re a little desperate. We have a fairly dramatic case of hardwood floor wood warping currently ...
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Can the water stains in this hardwood floor be sanded out?

Do you think sanding will be able to take out these water marks, or do the boards need to be replaced? The water damage is old (prior to the previous owner, so at least 12 years) and the floor is ...
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Failing Finish on Resurfaced Hardwood Floor Renovation: What's the correct course of action?

Background My wife and I recently purchased a 1250 sq. ft. condo that needed some simple renovations. The first floor is entirely Number 1 Common Red Oak, which had likely last been installed 10-15 ...
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Hardwood worth fixing?

Pulled up the carpets and found this section of hardwood in one room that looks like it’s been water damaged and is pretty warped. I was thinking of refinishing the floor but I think these would need ...
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How to reduce the cross section of a beech profile

What I have: A planed beech square 20 mm by 20 mm, length is 1 meter. What I want: A number of short (5 or 6 cm) pieces, but with a reduced cross section of only 20 mm by 16 mm. I could reduce the ...
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How can I tell if this is hardwood or subfloor?

Photo 1: Photo of the carpet, pad, and wood taken from lifting up the carpet from the vent cover. Photo 2: Photo of an unfinished closet that leads to the crawlspace. Would a vent ever be installed on ...
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2nd subfloor layer for hardwood

I have a 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood subfloor. I am installing hardwood flooring and the joists run the long length of the room. My hardwood manufacture guide says to run the hardwood flooring ...
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Steam mop hardwood floors

How bad would it be to steam mop hardwood floors once? I got new flooring through my house and then had to have a lot of drywall work done. The floors were not covered (I didn't know better). I've ...
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How should I terminate a flooring transition where it meets door casing?

I’m refinishing my hardwood floors(they were covered with carpet) and I have a height difference going from the dining room to the engineered wood floor in the kitchen of about 3/4”. I found the ...
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Did contractor put in the cherry wood I ordered it doesn’t look like the sample [closed]

Just had engineered wood installed on steps. Was supposed to be cherry but it looks like oak and it has not changed color after a month even with a uv light.
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Patching Hardwood and Removing Old flooring material

Found the original hardwood floors under some old tile I was tearing up for a kitchen renovation, and wondering how best to patch and refinish them. There's construction glue they used under the ...
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How much will an undried hardwood shrink in the axial direction?

At the hardwood mill the man at desk said that the wood they cut (red and white oak, and poplar plus maple and others) is not kiln dried and can shrink as much as 6%. That makes sense to me and of ...
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How can I level an old kitchen?

I'm trying to level my old hardwood floor in my kitchen to install snap together vinyl on top. I sanded most of the high spots but I would like to use floor leveler to get it nicer. I sistered the ...
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How to remove threaded insert that went in wrong?

I am attaching a cable management tray to the underside of my solid wood desk (acacia). I heard about threaded inserts which are good for when you want to disassemble things frequently. That sounded ...
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How to support hardwood floors with no existing subfloors to prevent squeaking in 100-year-old home

This is a follow up question to this old thread: Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor The house has hardwood floors installed directly on floor joists and the floors are ...
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Does hardwood floor REALLY need an expansion gap?

The conventional wisdom is that hardwood floors need a 1/4-3/8" gap to the wall (or bottom plate) around the perimeter, hidden under the baseboard. Ostensibly this is for thermal and/or humidity ...
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How can I transition between tile and slightly higher wood flooring? [duplicate]

My living room used to have laminate flooring and I'm switching to 5/8" engineered hardwood. There is a transition from the tiles to this floor. The tile will be a little lower than the new floor....
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How to make 1x2 lumber longer?

I want to DIY a 99x72 inches rectangle wood frame by 1x2 lumber. The frame is used to keep a pet's playpen in shape, so the dimension is kind of customized. I found 1x2 lumber in 6 feet and 8 feet ...
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Can solid hardwood be installed over vinyl tile?

I am pondering on how to go about my project. My house is laid out lengthwise with kitchen, dining room and living room in line. There is currently low profile carpet in the kitchen and dining room ...
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How would I fix this patch so that the hardwood looks consistent?

Going to need some guidance on how I could replace this patch so that the hardwood goes throughout
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Best way to install T moulding

I am installing hardwood T moulding between my new hardwood floor and a tile floor. I tried just nailing down a test piece but I found the slight flex in the moulding causes squeaks with the nails. ...
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Building a desk-Does it need reinforcement?

I'm build a computer desk, but I've been agonizing over the build because I'm concerned that there might not be enough support. These are the details: Table top: Teak butcher block with a live edge ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Two nails in my hardwood flooring keep popping up: I have knocked them back in, but because of a bit of flex in the floor, they work their way back up. What should I do about them? Is it best to just ...
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Floor paint stripping

OK, so I decided to strip a heavy black paint and what not on top of it from the hardwood floors in a 100+ year old house I purchased recently. To that end I purchased a $150 stripping tool ("...
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second floor walls short?

Live in the US. House is from 1972. I am trying to run some cable from the attic to the basement and the only real path is behind my closet in a room on the second floor. Need to drill a hole ...
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Hardwood flooring installation

We have 1/2” particle board over 3/4” plywood. Can we install real hardwood over both? We now have carpet which we want to replace.
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Acclimating hardwood weight concern

I am having 3/4" red oak hardwood floors installed (1200 sq ft) and need to acclimate the wood. The floor is supported by 2x10 joists (16" center) with a 13 foot span. Can this wood be ...
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How can I prevent warping while hardwood floor is stored for reuse?

I'm pulling up 1000 sq ft of hardwood floors to reuse in a couple months. They'll be stored in the same room they're pulled up from so the humidity levels will remain the same, minus seasonal change (...
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acclimating new hardwood, southwestern Ontario, during the winter

first time question in this forum. I am expecting delivery of new hickory hardwood flooring in the next few weeks. I've been doing a lot of reading about acclimation. General guidelines specify ...
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Wood filler between old and new hardwood strip flooring?

House was built in 1983 and had 2-3/4" strip flooring on most of the main floor. When we bought the house in Winter of 2020, we had the two remaining rooms stripped of carpet and had hardwoods to ...
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Plywood over hardwood underlying a poured bathroom floor?

In this 1954 New Mexico home, in the bathroom there is plywood apparently laid over the hardwood floors. But it seems to be actually sunk below the 'grade' of the hardwood. Additionally, there is what ...
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Impact of Air Conditioner on plywood

I am going to set up a cupboard on a room which has AC. I'm wondering what would be the effect of running an AC on 22 degree Celsius(Normal room temperature would be 30 to 35 degree depending on the ...
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Is my approach to installing wood subfloor over concrete correct?

I recently purchased a new home in South Carolina, and was planning to extend the existing hardwood throughout the rest of the ground floor. Once I began to remove the existing carpet, I saw that ...
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How can I tell if I'm looking at original hardwood or subfloor?

I ripped up a portion of my carpet and found wood underneath. Problem is: I can't tell if what I'm looking at is just subflooring or potentially the original hardwood. I've ask people who know more ...
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How can I tell if this is a wood stain or a gloss coat so that I can match the finish

Part of stairs that weren't finished by the previous owner for unknown reasons. I want to finish to match, but not sure if I am supposed to use a wood stain, varnish, or if I can use a polyurethane ...
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