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Front Wooden Porch - Resand All, Just Restain, or Combo of Both [closed]

I have a wonderful wooden front porch that needs a little bit of love on the edges (which are exposed to the elements). The unexposed parts are still in great shape. Would restaining fix the exposed ...
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Should I consider washer rows in my 1-1/2” x 3/4” T&G red oak hardwood flooring layout? [closed]

I’ve just finished laying out roughly 120 sf of 1-1/2” x 3/4” T&G red oak strip flooring and before I begin nailing it down, I wanted to pause to determine whether I should consider washer rows ...
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Fix a hole in wooden floor

My girlfriend stepped on one part of the wooden floor wearing heels and it made a hole. The wood seems very bad quality, I wouldn’t be surprised its cardboard.(it’s an airbnb). What are some ways to ...
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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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Resealing old wood floors without sanding as a temporary fix?

I recently bought a 1917 house with all original hardwood floors. I refinished the maple floors upstairs and they look great. Unfortunately the oak floors downstairs are utterly unsalvageable. The ...
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Floating floors have soft spots and bubbling - Pulte

https://imgur.com/a/HHlTYmA I got a new build and it has been a headache. The floors had soft spots and bubbles and I finally got the builders to replace the flooring but it's even worst than before. ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to my entire wood floor after staining scratches?

My hardwood floors are 7 years old but only have some sporadic surface scratches and only very few spots scratches broke through the surface into the wood. These stand out because the stain is dark ...
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Engineered hardwood repair help needed

I have a piece of engineered hardwood that I am using to replace a damaged board. The replacement piece has a slight bow in it. Can I do a light cut on the back to reduce some of the bow pressure?
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Underlayment Situation

I have a small "mill house" built in 1936 with 1,094 sq ft. It was all hardwood floors but now everything has been changed to plywood subfloor except the 2 bedrooms. The kitchen and bath ...
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Closet floor water leak

I have a mysterious water leak on closet floor. I want to open it up to see what’s underneath. What tools do I need and any precaution/proper way to do so? or just brute force pry it open? Want 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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Hardwood floor installation

I want to replace my old hardwood floors in the entire first floor including kitchen. House was built in 1930 and floors are in decent shape but squeaking everywhere... Subfloor is made of wooden ...
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Gouged new wood floor with flooring sander

I am in the middle of a DIY flooring project. I nailed down southern yellow pine and sanded it with a rental random orbit sander. While sanding with the final 80 grit, the sander gouged the floor in ...
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Restoring a 1930s Hardwood Floor with Dampness Issues Near Hearth

We’re restoring the original hardwood floor in our 1930s semi-detached house and have encountered a dampness issue. The problem area is around the slate hearth, where the wood’s edge is damp. We ...
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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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Can I Polyurethane a room in sections

Hi I'm currently working on trying to finish the floor in my art room/studio in my home. It is an old hardwood floor, as the house was built in 1914 and I'm unsure of the age, finish or stain, all I ...
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How to remove these "scratches" from Teak Hardwood

Any ideas how I could go about fixing these "scratches"? I believe these were made by a heavy suitcase. The wood is solid teak hardwood. The surface feels smooth, except for the gouges. The ...
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Can I use subfloor to align a house-length starter row of hardwood flooring to the house, rather than to a single room?

Carpet has been removed and subfloor exposed and cleaned. The floor has been leveled to <3/16" out of flat over 6', primed to cover some pee spots, and is ready for the underlayment. The new ...
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Help/Advice with wooden floor repairs

I'm looking for help with some problems I'm having with my wood flooring. In short, some wood planks need to be replaced, but I can't find where to buy more. Problem 1: a delivery company scratched ...
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Options to Repair Wooden Floors? [duplicate]

I rent an apartment and work from home. Unfortunately, I didn’t consider the damage the chair would cause to the floor until it was too late. Are there any options for repairing this myself? I’m ...
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How do I mask off stained wood without damaging the finish?

I'm trying to paint a surface that meets up at a slight angle with some stained wood edging that is part of my wood floor. I started covering up the wood with blue painter's tape, and noticed when ...
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How to prepare 1/2" subfloor for hardwood flooring?

My house had carpets over 5/8 particle board that was sitting on top of 1/2 plywood subfloors. I've removed the particle board and was thinking of installing 5/8 OSB before putting down 3/4 hardwood ...
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How should we proceed with hardwood floor sanding when getting uneven results?

We started sanding the old wood floor with a 60-grit drum sander. We did sand twice with 60 grit, but we can see uneven sanded floors. Should we sand with 36-grit or redo with 60-grit again?
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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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How to clean/maintain shellacked hardwood floors?

I'm fairly sure* I have shellacked hardwood floors. It has been surprisingly hard to figure out how to best clean/maintain them. For cleaning, the main suggestions I've seen are "use a solvent-...
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How to transition between manufactured hardwood and vinyl rolled flooring?

We had the tan colored hardwood installed recently and the contractor put in these perpendicular pieces of wood wherever the floor butted up against another flooring type. There used to be one of ...
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1890s Victorian home: is the wood flooring worth refinishing? [closed]

Our house was built in the 1890s and has the original wood floors in it. These floors were covered with subflooring when we moved in. The previous owner jacked the house up and redid the foundation ...
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Is our subfloor dry enough to lay hardwood flooring on?

we live in a coastal town in the NE and we are getting ready to lay hardwood floors. Some rooms, the lauan was not in good shape due to pulling up prior floor, so we pulled that up, but other rooms, ...
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How to fix long scratch in wood floor?

How do I hide a scratch in my hardwood floor? I made the mistake of dragging a piece of furniture and got ahead of myself, and didn’t see that I left a long scratch. I tried to fix a small section ...
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Covering screw holes in hardwood floor

I have an old hardwood floor that is squeaky. I'm using this product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C6YDMGGK to drill 1/8 inch holes in the floor, then driving the special screws in, that break a little ...
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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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Dryer or wetter engineered hardwood planks for install into intermittently conditioned space?

Engineered hardwood planks: 3/4 thick T&G white oak, 8" wide, 5mm thick top wood layer. Subfloor is out of the equation: we're using a 100% moisture barrier underneath. So our seasonal ...
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How can I remove spot stains from this hardwood floor?

I recently found hardwood flooring under some carpet, and I want to keep it. The problem is it has some dark spot in it that I don't like. Is sanding the only way to remove these spots?
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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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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

I am working on the final step of finishing my kitchen. We replaced the tile with 3/4" maple hardwood floor. I now need to floor the landing and two stairs between. I am not sure the best way to ...
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How to save 100+ Heart of pine floor with no subfloor

We have “Heart of pine” wood floors from 1907 (original to the home) and it’s all throughout the home but previous owners put either carpet over it in most the rooms except the living room, hallway ...
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Weird odor in my living room and kitchen [closed]

Ok y’all turning to you for some help. I’ve just moved into a new place and there is a horrible horrible smell in the living room and the kitchen. It’s been days and it’s not going away... So far I’ve ...
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Shoddy bamboo board flooring installation - will stopgap repair cause problems later? [closed]

I posted about 4 months ago on the subreddit about my experience with a con-flooring installer who installed about 300 sqft of bamboo flooring in my living/dining room. I was naive and didn't properly ...
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How to ensure seamless transition of hardwood flooring [duplicate]

I'm getting ready to install ~900 sqft of unfinished Brazilian walnut. The planks are 5" wide and 3/4" thick. Per the manufacturer guide, I plan on doing a 3/4" expansion gap on the ...
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What's the maximum floor finish thickness or number of coats of polyurethane varnish?

I read of people using 2 coats of oil based or 5 coats water based.
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Can I lay Engineered Wood floor over curved subfloor?

Is it ok to lay engineered wood floor over subfloor with such a dip in the middle? The existing floor is pretty even from board to board, but it does dip uniformly in the middle of the room. Would it ...
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How to clean, sand and repair worn wood flooring without sanding the entire room?

The floor is made up of solid oak not engineered. It was factory coated from new. The wear has been caused by an office chair. I would like to avoid if possible a whole room sanding as this would be ...
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Fixing up beat up wide plank floors

My farmhouse is about 120 years old. There is a lot of carpet upstairs, which I would love to remove. I have pets and allergies and I just think carpets are gross. I can understand why someone decided ...
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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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What caused, and how to fix, wooden stair tread stains?

We recently put in brand new, prefinished red oak stair treads. Yesterday we had a steam cleaner come clean the upstairs carpet, and they ran several hoses from their van outside all the way up the ...
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Hiding scratches in engineered hardwood floors [duplicate]

Similar to this question but I am not trying to repair, only hide, scratches: How can I repair scratches in engineered hardwood floors? I have some builder-grade engineered hardwood floors that have ...
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What do the markings in the photos say about the flooring and it's quality? [closed]

What do the markings in the photos say about the flooring and it's quality?
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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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How to neatly cover gaps in threshold plate between 2 rooms

We have an internal kitchen connected to our hallway with a plate joining the 2: I’d like to tidy up where the plate meets the floor. This was previously a narrow strip of wood, but it was falling ...
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Should we accept? Split wood/too dark inlay in floor installation

we recently had our floors refinished/installed. In our kitchen, the old linoleum was ripped out, and we had hardwood floors installed to match the rest of the house. The house has an accent inlay in ...
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