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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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Underlay for (plain, traditional) hardwood planks?

I was going to buy a couple thousand feet of hardwood from a supplier, and they suggested I might also get "Tranquility" type underlay, example (TBC when I say "hardwood" for the floor what I mean ...
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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, ...
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How can I protect a hardwood floor against dog claws?

I just bought a house with new hardwood floors. One of my dogs is a little wild and keeps sliding and scratching the floors up. I've tried cutting her nails and she won't wear boots. Does anybody ...
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Where to start laying hardwood floor in “T” shaped room

I'm getting ready to put down hardwood in a newly constructed room. The room is "T" shaped as such: I understand that I should start on the longest continuous wall and work across. However, in this ...
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Drag marks from piano wheels, how to fix?

Recently we tried to move our piano across our floor by rolling it but to our chagrin the weight of the piano left indented rolling marks on our lovely wooden floor. They are all over about 1/6th of ...
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What is recommended to fill openings between panels

I believe wood paneling was used on my mudroom floor. Dirt collects in the crevices. Is there a way to level the floor,by filling in the cervices.
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how to cure scratches and dents on hardwood floor

What is normally recommended for fixing scratches1, dents, or chips2 on hardwood floors? Is there a special type of glue, caulk or epoxy out there?
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What should I lay under carpet to protect hardwood floor for a couple of years?

Our dogs are getting old and need more secure footing. So we're going to loose-lay room size pieces of new conventional carpet on top of a nicely finished wood floors. A couple of rooms. Some ...
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Suggestions on How to Remove Very Old Carpet Tape from Hardwood Floor

The tape was double-sided mesh carpet tape. It has been under a runner in an entryway for about 20 years and is now just a dried mesh and whatever residue is left from the glue that was on the tape. ...
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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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What is the best way to trim edges off of hardwood floor where wall was removed?

I have removed a wall from a closet that was backed up against another closet to make it a walk in. I would like to run hardwood perpendicular to the current pattern in the gap where the wall was. I ...
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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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Replacing a piece of nailed tongue and grooved engineered hardwood located in the middle of a large room

I have a large room covered with engineered hardwood -- (specifically - Johnson hardwood forevertuff in canadian maple 1/2" thickness) It can't be refinished or sanded. A very visible piece in the ...
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Plywood underlayment over plywood subfloor - how to secure

I am taking up carpet & particle board and putting a new layer of 1/2" plywood underlayment over the plywood subfloor prior to installing 3/4" hardwood (nailed down). I know I should orient the ...
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How did they drive nails into hardwood before modern power tools?

I know of two methods to drive nails successfully into hardwood. One is to predrill; the other is to use a power nailer, which can drive the nails with enough force that they will go in cleanly and ...
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Spots showing up on my hardwood maple floors

My 15 year old maple kitchen floors started getting these little brown specks on them starting at the backdoor. Whatever is causing this is migrating further and further into the house. I know have ...
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re coating a patch of wooden flooring

my lease is about to come up and i have to patch up my floor if i want to see my deposit back. the coating on the floor feels like polyurethane, or a thin lacquer, i cannot tell which. you can see ...
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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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Why is my hardwood splitting apart and how do I fix it?

I purchased a new home about 2 years ago (the home was built in 1968). I paid someone to resurface/stain my hardwood to be darker and to also get rid of my metal heating vents and replace them with ...
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Difficulty in driving a nail through with a nail setter

I've been pulling the carpet up and getting the nails out from where the carpet tack strips were nailed to original wood flooring, but about a half dozen are now headless. I watched several tutorials ...
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Mineral spirits not drying out of hardwood floor before finishing

I just finished sanding and cleaning up the floors in my living room and dining room and the last step I did was to clean the whole floor with mineral spirits before applying the polyurethane. I ...
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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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How to change dishwasher embedded in wood floor?

I had a bad leak under my dishwasher, and it looks like the parts will be a fairly substantial cost, and I'd like to upgrade to a quieter model. However a wood floor was installed after the ...
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run electrical conduit underneath hardwood floor?

I am in the process of putting down hardwood floor. As a first step, I am reinforcing the subfloor by screwing and glueing 1/2 plywood on top. Then, I'll add a felt/vapor guard layer, and then a 3/...
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Why does the riser go before tread when installing hardwood on stairs?

I want to install prefinished hardwood on my stairs and I have no difficulty with the process. Every diagram I find online installs the riser first and then butts the tread to the riser. It seems to ...
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How can I fix/replace this cracked step?

My 1960 Massachusetts home has red oak flooring, and one of the treads on the first to second floor staircase has started splitting: The crack is almost unnoticeable, and I'd love to fix it by just ...
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Sanding and revarnishing areas of different shades (wood floors)

I have been sanding my wooden floor with the intent of revarnishing. However, before I did this I moved a few 1kitchen counters and such around. So now the areas which had counters on top for the ...
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Gluing T&G solid flooring joints ?

I'm not a flooring guy so I'm asking a question that'll sound silly to pros. I'm thinking of having 3" solid maple flooring installed. The contractor said 3" flooring needs to be glued AND nailed to ...
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Gap in floor boards

There’s a gap in my kitchen hardwood floor. Only a single board exhibits the problem. Not sure what’s causing it. Any suggestions for fixing it?
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Is our flooring contractor extending our hardwood floor correctly?

As part of our kitchen renovation, the contractor is extending our hardwood floor. As you can see in this photo, they have cut out boards from the old floor and are adding new boards. I think this is ...
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Newly installed hardwood flooring bowing when I step

A few days ago I had a guy come out to install engineered oak hardwood flooring in my living room. It is installed in a floating style with nails holding it down on the edges of the outer walls and a ...
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is there a way to nail hardwood floor where ceiling meets floor at 45 degree angle

I am putting in hardwood flooring in a room that has a sloping ceiling that meets the floor at 45 degrees. It's not very useful space, and at some point I will build a knee wall and storage cabinets ...
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Substitute for low-profile rotating casters

Children's bed came with two underbed drawers that move using fixed caster wheels (see picture below). Due to the location of the bed, I would like to install rotating caster wheels on one of the two ...
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Will filling gaps with epoxy in a new hardwood floor look ok?

I installed a floor made from locally produced, 3 1/4" hard maple. There are a few gaps under 1/16th of an inch that I don't like. I normally buy the best product for the application, but the stores ...
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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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How to stop exercise mats from slipping on a hardwood floor in a multi-use room?

So I purchased some folding exercise mats to put in my basement. The allocated floor space is multi-use, so I need to be able to put the mats away when not in use. The problem I am running into is ...
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Which sander and sandpaper should I use on floor after using wood filler?

I've sanded my 100-year-old floor with a drum sander, and troweled wood filler over the entire surface. Now I'm ready to sand again before staining. How aggressive of a sander (drum, random orbital) ...
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How can I remove smeared latex paint from a wood floor?

I recently had some painting done, and the people who were responsible did not use anything to protect the floor from paint dripping. It also looks like they walked all over the paint, smearing it on ...
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Help with transition between rooms using hardwood and laminate flooring

All hardwood and laminate flooring needs an expansion gap according to every manufacturer. My problem is that I am replacing carpeting in one room that connects to my entryway area. The new floor ...
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

I've recently replaced carpet with hardwood floor. The door jamb and molding are now too short. Prior, the carpet was plusher and made the gap in this one door jamb less obvious. Door Jamb Molding ...