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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, ...
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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 ...