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Normal to see staples in hardwood floor? If not, how best to handle/fill?

When new hardwood floors are installed, is it normal to see visible metal staples? In a couple of places in my new hardwood floors I see staples. They are flush and not a safety risk or comfort issue. ...
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Is unmodified thinset ok for radiant heating under hardwood flooring?

So me and my dad are renovating and decided to add electric radiant heating in out living room/kitchen. We are following this video as a guide https://youtu.be/sXhT1fYVPps. They said to use latex ...
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Joining two areas of tongue and groove flooring in a room - disguising the join

I have an old 1960's tongue and groove floor that, after some renovations (removing an internal half-height wall), will be joining (butt end-to-end) some new tongue and groove (85mm x 22mm matai) I ...
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Can epoxy artistically fill gaps in old wood floors?

I have a small room with a 90-year-old hardwood floor. I love the way that the old wood looks, but the large gaps between the boards are inconvenient. Since it's a small area, I can go with a labor-...
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How can I clean my screened porch?

First time home-owner in south east Ohio. My home has a North facing porch with wooden floors, and screened windows. The screens face into a very wooded area, and there is a walk-out to a patio ...
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Drying solid oak flooring after water damage

The builder didn't tighten the fresh water connection on the dishwasher in my newly purchased house. It dripped for days while I was out of town, and now an area of 2 feet by 15 feet has the TIG solid ...
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What is the cause of wooden flooring gaps?

We have gaps in our wooden birch floors. Some quite large. We are told that the cause of this was due to nail spacing and inadequate glue. I'm baffled as to why nailing and glue would prevent hardwood ...
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Using shingles to flatten concrete subfloor

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood over a concrete subfloor with 1/8" underlayment. After grinding high spots and filling in larger voids with self-leveler, I have occasional 1/8" or ...
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Fixing a hardwood floor mistake

Following a YouTube video, I tried to minimize some scratches in a hardwood floor (installed by previous owner) with Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer, and instead made them look worse. See photo. ...
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Subfloor tolerance for engineered hardwood

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood with 1/8" QuietWalk underlayment on a cement slab. I have used a grinder and leveling compound to remove the large valleys and hills. Now I have ...
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Hardwood floor refinishing - How can I fix yellow spots caused from sections of old poly not being completely removed?

I used a drum sander and edger to strip off the old polyurethane from my 30 year old hardwood floor. I somehow missed it after sand and tack, but there are hot spots of old poly coming through that ...
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Hardwood Floor Layout Question

Background: I am installing prefinished 3/4" solid oak hardwood floors throughout the main level of my house. I have never installed hardwood before. I have a 3/4" plywood subfloor nailed (and now ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Do chips in a stained floor reveal differently-colored, unstained wood?

I'm replacing floor in my house and I have made up mind about going with solid wood flooring. I also want it stained in dark shades, but since this is not a natural colour of the wood, I was ...
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Edge gluing tongue and groove (non locking) engineered hardwood to make floating floor over existing varnished chamfered-edge hardwood flooring

We wish to lay new flooring above our existing chambered edge flooring. The existing floor is nailed to a plywood sub-floor and is completely flat, about 20 years old. This will make the whole house ...
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Is it normal for a professional hardwood refinishing to not have removed black stains? (pet/iron oxide)

I recently had the hardwoods in my new (old) house professionally refinished. Besides the decades-old finish having been worn down completely, there were also black iron oxide stains throughout. After ...
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Will prefinished Maple flooring yellow with age?

I'm considering a prefinished "natural character" Maple floor (uv aluminum oxide). The salesman said I don't need to worry about it yellowing over time but I wanted to ask you folks.
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How can I non-destructively remove hardwood transition strips?

I'm trying to replace some tiles, but the transition between the hardwood floor and tiles has caused me some trouble. The hardwood floor was installed sometime after the tiles, so the transition ...
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How Do I Finish The Edge…hardwood floor landing

this is my first post. Many more to come, I'm sure. I tried to post a photo but it's too large to upload. How do you finish hardwood on a landing that is open to the room? I thought I'd edge it with ...
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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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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 to fix this broken floor

My wooden floor has a broken plank, There is a vertical supporting wedge in the upper side, I guess I can nail directly onto it, but what I should do about the lower side?
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What Kind of Hardwood Flooring Do I Have - Chicago Home Mid50's

I'm beginning a kitchen renovation and the first thing I'm looking into is replacing the tile the previous owners had installed. My entire house is hardwood, possibly original (from 1954), aside from ...
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parquet flooring cutting

I am confused with the types of blades for my chop saw I am looking at mitring the joints on my new oat parquet floor and have read that crosscut is better however they are expensive and can get a ...
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Prepare rough surface for cabinetry

I would like to make some hardwood file cabinets as the supports for a desk in my study. The problem is that the floor of the study is "softscraped" wood flooring which has very rough texture to it. ...
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Can engineered hardwood floors be refinished? [duplicate]

I want to replace the floors in the lower floor of my home. I'm estimating about $8000 worth of work, installed. My wife has been looking into engineered floors. I have never been a huge fan of ...
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Self leveling showing popped bubbles and small chunks

I did self leveling concrete in my basement as below But some spots showing small holes, potentially from popped bubbles And some have little pieces like chunks not mixed well I plan to install ...
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What to do with baseboard for this basement with concrete box?

This is in my basement and I plan to install wood flooring. But this is what in the bottom of the wall: It is like a box 2x2. Previously I had baseboard on top of the concrete box running along the ...
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Can I combine 1/2“ and 3/8” plywood for a total of 7/8" subfloor for laying a hardwood floor?

We have some old flooring that comes to a total (flooring and planks) of 1 5/8" from the top of the joists. I want to add a new section of flooring (this one) beside it, and am trying to get them to ...
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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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Basement concrete leveling issue for click lock hardwood flooring installation

I am prepping my basement concrete flooring to install click lock hardwood. The problem I saw is that there is a spot in the corner with this: I am not sure what it is as it looks like a cap to cover ...
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Do I need to level subfloor with a 1/8" step before installing hardwood flooring?

I removed the carpet from the second floor and I noticed that I had termite issues. After replacing the bad plywood subfloor with a new one and I've noticed that it's slightly thicker than the old one....
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Solid Wooden floating floor types

I am considering getting a floating wooden floor on a concrete foundation (that can't be drilled into) at an apartment. The concrete foundation currently has carpet, though the carpet is very old and ...
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Treating wood knots before oiling wooden floor

I have sanded my floor down and am ready to finish it with an oil. Should I be treating the knots in the wood before finishing with the oil, or is it not required? I have read somewhere that you ...
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Mitigation water damage to finished floor [duplicate]

I just found that the water line behind my fridge had been leaking. The water had found its way under the hardwood floor and ran between the hardwoods and the subfloor a few feet in front of the ...
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Is painted shoe molding more expensive than stained shoe molding? [closed]

Long story short: contractors did all the shoe molding stained to match the floor when I said I wanted it to match the trim. Now he's telling me that "painted shoe molding is more expensive" - ...
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Can I use a floating wood floor in a half bath?

Will a floating wood floor work well in a half bath? If so I have another question. Should the toilet flange go over the floor or should the floor be cut around it? Thanks.
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Protect hardwood floor from bed posts?

I have carpet in a bedroom that I am thinking of replacing with a hardwood floor, but the bed has big wooden feet and they might scuff the floor. Is there a standard way to protect the floor? Maybe a ...
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Why has my hardwood floor buckled 10 years after installation?

So I installed hardwood flooring in my dining room about 10 years ago and in the last week, it buckled on one side of the room (about 4 inches high!). When I pulled the flooring up to cut down the ...
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Can I really use construction adhesive to attach hardwood stair treads and risers?

I've been considering removing the carpet from my stairs, and installing hardwood flooring instead. While preparing for this project, I started watching YouTube videos. A lot of the videos show ...
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Should I put grout or something else between hardwood floor and slate stone gap?

This is a new hardwood floor that is next to my slate stone flooring: The cut was nice and there is about an inch gap in between: My hardwood floor guy recommended to just leave it like that and not ...
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Repairing Hardwood Floor, Two Different Joint Systems

My master bedroom closet took some water damage. The closet and bedroom have the same engineered wood flooring. I am trying to replace the engineered floor in the closet only. However, the closest ...
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Wood Floor Panel moved out of place and can’t move back, please help!

I was walking up the stairs and when I reached the top step my foot slid forward and wiped out. When I looked up, I saw that a panel had slightly moved, but when I tried to move the panel back into ...
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Installing Pre-Finished Hardwood on Stairs - How to Avoid Shortening Tread Length

The Problem I am in the process of installing a pre-finished hardwood floor. As part of the install, I purchased a bunch of stair nosing with the intent of installing the hardwood on my stairs as ...
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Flex shield moist protection against fungus?

Contractors are currently replacing a wooden floor which had been bowing, and repainting a wall. Both were damaged as a result of a leaking air conditioning pipe in the wall. I’ve expressed a ...
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Staining a 130 year old pine floor

So.. we decided to rip up carpet and plywood to find original planks (pine) in one of the third floor rooms in our 1880 home. Fast forward to save you on reading.. I applied a penetrating oil based ...
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Should I glue or nail hardwood flooring in several widths up to 6 inches?

I'm preparing to install 3/4 inch solid white oak in a bedroom using 3-1/4, 4 and 6 inch width boards. I'll be using a alternating pattern of 3-1/4, 4, 6, 3-1/4, 4 and 6. I'm told if a board is over ...
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Why my engineered hardwood floor is chipping/worn (abuse or regular wear?)

I've been in my apartment for four years, and have some damage to the engineered hardwood floors. I'm trying to determine if the damage constitutes regular wear and tear, and the floors are just ...
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How to seal hardwood floor in preparation of self-leveling compound?

I'm planning to float laminate over my existing floor, but need to level it first. The floor area is very large, so it spans areas of the home that have differing subfloor materials: concrete, ...