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Fix hardwood floor finish damaged by ironing carpet?

I did a boneheaded thing. I used medium heat iron over a damp rag to iron out some creases/curl from a couple of wool carpets, and damaged the PU finish on my floor. How to fix this - any special ...
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Replacing "bubbling" hardwood floor with carpet

My house has solid stone walls and it's in a humid climate (Wales, UK). When I moved in the ground floor living room floor was floating hardwood on top of a layer of fibreboard on top of a concrete ...
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Hardwood Flooring around Floor to Ceiling Windows

we are in the mist of installing 3/4" hardwood flooring in the house. The great room has several floor to ceiling windows, including around the front door. In the bedrooms and hallway we did not ...
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Hiding a severely dished bedroom floor

I have a bedroom with a hardwood floor that is severely out of level. I would say is is 1.5 inches out of level over 6 feet, with the lowest spot in the center of the room. I do eventually want to fix ...
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How can I remove very old paint from my hardwood floor?

We bought a house built in 1857. It has beautiful hardwood floors. The family room was carpeted some time along the way. We pulled up the carpet, revealing the floors. About 3 ft into the room along ...
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Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor

This is a 100-year-old, single family house in Washington, D.C. The floors are aged and worst of all terribly squeaky. The main issue we are trying to solve is to not have the floors squeak. Unless we ...
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Should I fill space between subfloor and wall that would be under new baseboards?

In my new-to-me home the baseboard moulding was originally put in before the plywood subfloor. We are installing engineered hardwood so I pulled up the baseboards to provide the expansion gap with ...
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Why did the second coat of my hardwood floor finish blister?

I refinished a 100 yr old wood floor. Both coats were oil based poly. Temperature was relatively consistent, zero moisture. It was cleaned before coating. First coat was given a full 24 hours to dry ...
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What transition should I use between a room and a stairway with a door?

I have two rooms plus a bathroom above my garage. There is a stairway in the back of the garage that leads to it. There is a door at the top of the stairway that leads to this space. I installed ...
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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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Is it better to use underlayment or carpet padding under rugs to reduce noise from downstairs neighbor?

I can hear my downstairs neighbor talk/sneeze/burp, and can hear and occasionally feel the vibration of their music through our gorgeous hardwood floors. I've asked them to keep sound levels low, but ...
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Routing tongue and groove flooring in-place, compensating for inconsistent widths

Long story short, supply chain issues and long waits for contractor scheduling has found me with a 1300sqft of LL Flooring Bellawood Natural Matte Hickory, solid 3/4" hardwood flooring. The ...
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Best way to remove a particular hardwood floor board glued to the subfloor

I finished the hard wood flooring then I found that the joint board extends over the door to the bathroom. I am now working to extending the tile floor to the door, and need to replace that board. ...
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What are the standards for acceptable installation of *prefinished* solid wood pine flooring? [closed]

We are building a home. We selected a solid pine floor which comes prefinished. It has tongue-and-groove on the sides, but not the ends. The builder & installer did NOT cut the ends of the ...
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How to tell oak from walnut flooring

How do I identify what kind of hardwood flooring this is by the grain?
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What to use to fill a 2" x 12" gap in a dark walnut hardwood floor

I need to replace a 12" x 10" supply register grill with a 12" x 8" supply grill (because I need a booster fan grill and the largest size they come in is 12" x 8") ...
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Dried bits of polyurethane in recently refinished floor?

Over the past few days I refinished the hardwood floors in my living/dining rooms. I sanded the floors with a Home Depot random orbital sander rental at the beginning of the week before applying a ...
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Best way to correct one inch dip in middle of second floor master?

We’re installing hardwood flooring in our second floor master bedroom. House was built in 1993. When we pulled off the carpet we realized the floor dips in the middle. The room is 18 ft (north-south) ...
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Engineered wood vs. Laminated wood for living room and kitchen floors

If the total cost is the same, which wood is better? Engineered wood? Or Laminated wood? The sales tried to convince me to do Laminated. But I want to make sure the wood I chose will add value to my ...
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How can I deal with gaps under shoe moulding?

I just had my floors redone. Now I have a few problems with the base shoe moulding. The floor has sunk in the corners (house inspector said this was fine) and there are gaps beneath the moulding. They ...
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Solid wood flooring - Possible sub-floor issue

I am in the process of installing solid wood flooring in the living room and I have just removed the existing laminate flooring and underlay to find the concrete subfloor is in great condition except ...
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Can I screw through wood floor and plank subfloor to joists to prepare surface for tile?

I’m renovating my 100year old house’s kitchen and found that the old existing tile was attached directly to hardwood flooring. This explained why so much of it was cracked even though it is the only ...
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What IS this stuff?

So, I'm tearing up all the carpet in my house. It's all super old and stained to begin with, but then I have pets and hate the dirt that carpet holds. Plus it's all hardwood underneath. There's ...
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Should I seal my old hardwood floors under my new kitchen cabinets? [closed]

I'm renovating my kitchen, replacing the old kitchen cabinets which have been there for several decades. When I finished removing the bottom cabinets I found the same softwood floor underneath that is ...
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Fish oil stained hardwood floor

We have several fish oil stains that have soaked into our hardwood floor. I have tried to clean it and sand it out but it does not seem to be coming up. If I can't get it out, is there a way I can ...
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Column rad feet on non-column rad

One pic shows the experiments I'm doing with supporting a type 11 radiator (160cm wide, 50cm high, total weight around 35kg) using universal column radiator feet. The other pic shows the detail of the ...
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Leave or remove baseboard for hardwood floor install

I removed the carpet and discovered particle board. In the photo, I have removed a piece of the particle board. I plan on installing the ¾ inch hardwood on the subfloor. You can see the hardwood just ...
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Same model hardwood doesn’t quite match?

We just moved into a house a couple weeks ago. The house previously had hardwood only through the hall/entryway. We got the previous owners to send us the receipt with exactly which model floor was ...
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Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nailer's fan operation during normal use

Will the fan on a Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nail gun spin (whir) when the nail gun's firing muzzle is pressed against the surface to be nailed, if there is no fuel cell installed? In other words, does ...
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New baseboard on old wood floors

We are getting our floors refinished and I would like to replace the baseboard + shoe moulding with baseboard only. The problem is the original wood floor installation used shoe, so right now, shoe is ...
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How can I remove the finish of hardwood flooring before installation?

I bought 500 sq ft of used engineered hardwood flooring, about 7 inches wide. It is stained a very dark color and I'd like to sand off / remove the top layer to reveal the natural color. Any ...
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Cleaning beetle tracks in wooden floor during sanding

I'm renovating / rehabilitating a wooden floor, which is probably about 60 to 100 years old. I used a random orbital sander to clear a small section as a test, with this result: The problem is that ...
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How do I level a hardwood floor with minimal damage?

I'd like to soundproof my living room floor in order to minimize impact from footfall and airborne sound transmission from a piano. My general plan is to install soundproofing mats on top of the ...
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Is it appropriate to sand a hardwood floor with a 20, 60, 100 grit sequence?

I went to Home Depot to rent a Square Buff Floor Sander to refinish my Kitchen floor. They said I could use 20, 60, 100 grit sandpapers to do the job. Please note that they do not have any sandpapers ...
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How to get a "wide" shim instead of a long shim

So I have a long gap between a joist and floorboards on one half of 6 foot joist that I'd like to close. I'm toying with the idea of just adding shims to the top of the joist rather than lifting up ...
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How can I tell how my hardwood floor is attached to my joists below, if there is no subfloor and no visible nails?

I need to replace a small non-load bearing joist under my hardwood floor (accessed via my basement ceiling) and I wanted to know before I try to remove it if it's glued or nailed on to my hardwood ...
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Do I or do I not remove baseboards when refinishing my hardwood floor

I need to have my wood floors refinished and have had several quotes. One person says they have the tools to get right up next to the baseboards and he does not need to remove them. He has 45 years of ...
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Which Polyurethane for Industrial Loft Floor

I am planning to sand and polyurethane a floor in an industrial loft, my question is what poly to use.. water or spirit based, and is there anything elae that makes a difference in choice of poly? ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps and holes in the subfloor of a hardwood floor?

I've been pulling moulding and trim off and on for a few days for an upcoming custom closet install. The community was great in helping me to figure out ways to get the trim off the wall. I've ...
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

I am having a difficult time trying to remove the trim/baseboard in my walk-in closet. We have painters coming and a custom closet install in a few weeks. Neither of those teams can/will remove the ...
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How to install pre finished hardwood over existing softwood floor

I have 200 square feet wood floors that do not appear to be hardwood, they are in pretty bad shape and need refinishing or replacing. The quotes we got for refinishing are $600. As I said the floor ...
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What type of hardwood flooring is this?

I'm trying to determine the type of hardwood flooring i have here. The pictures below show the edge-on and side-on views. Is this real hardwood (looks like not), engineered, laminate, or something ...
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replacing flooring with no subfloor - walls sit on top of finish floor

I need to replace the hardwood floors on the second floor of an old home. A challenge is that the existing floors are nailed directly to the floor joists, with the walls resting on top of the finish ...
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What should be the better layout of hardwood floor on my hallway?

See the above picture, it looks to me to decide layout of bedroom A,B,C and play room is pretty straight forward. But I do not have any idea what is the better layout on the hallway should be? I am ...
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Can these floor boards be saved?

I am seriously considering buying a very old apartment in an old Swiss farmhouse. I want to know if the floorboards can be saved. They have gaps between them of about .8 cm to 2cm. Some of the wood ...
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Hardwood Floor Squeaks - Fixing Squeaks or Removal of Hardwood Floor for LVP

I just bought an old house that was build in the 1950s. The house has hardwood flooring all over the house. The hardwood floor squeaks everywhere, not in just a specific spot or area. I noticed that ...
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Do I need to replace the entire floor?

Water damaged wood floor butting up to tub. Small hole has rotted through. 2 boards next to it are ever so slightly raised/off. This is all confined to a small location, approximately 6x6. The rest of ...
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(How) Can I match new 3/4" T&G oak flooring with old 7/8" flooring?

I've got two air return vent holes in my floor that I'm patching, and I made the classic mistake of mis-measuring the flooring (the guy at the flooring store did, too, so I don't feel too bad) before ...
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How to patch in a hardwood floor board

One of our floor boards is broken. It looks like a bad patch job. The patched-in piece is sunken into the floor slightly as well (between 1/16" and 1/8"); see pics for details. Thankfully, ...
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Do I need to clean out/fill in cracks in wood floor?

We have a lot of gaps between boards in our wood floor (see pic, I'm holding a penny in the crack, some are wider, most are narrower). It looks like the cracks were originally filled with something, ...
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