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Is moisture a concern with solid hardwood flooring over a crawl space?

I recently purchased around 600 sq feet of 3 1/4 inch solid hickory from Bruce, which I'm installing over a crawl space. I put down a 6 mil vapor barrier in the crawl space. I'm measuring the ...
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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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Fixing deep dents in floorboards

We have deep dents (5mm at deepest) in our hardwood floor caused by strong blows with a baseball bat (crackhead subtenant, psychotic episode). Those dents are bigger than the dents that I've seen ...
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Hardwood loose, has gap over radiant floor

Just bought a new place with white oak hardwood and radiant heating. The hardwood is 3/4" (verified). Floor has developed gaps in certain areas. One area in particular is loose when I walk on it, so ...
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Long but shallow hardwood floor damage

The son of a friend of a friend dragged a chair with an unprotected bottom across the length of our living room (about 20 feet) leaving highly noticeable but very very shallow scratches on the floor. ...
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Doorway transition between hardwood and floating bamboo with different heights

We have hardwood in our whole main level except for a study that had carpet. I've pulled up the carpet and have been replacing it with floating click bamboo. I'm trying to figure out what to do with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

In removing some old stair carpeting, I found this older black glue applied to hold the carpet padding in place. Does anyone have a recommendation on what type of material it is, and recommend on how ...
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Sound barrier in addition to moisture barrier for engineered hardwood flooring

The mfg. of my 1/2" engineered flooring recommends 15# felt moisture barrier, which I have and intend on using over my 3/4" t/g std. sub-flooring to which I have added 1/4" plywood underlayment (...
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Should I replace or refinish cupped hardwood flooring?

A few months ago, I had an insidious leak from an upstairs bathroom that caused cupping in the wood floors downstairs. It took a couple weeks to recognize and identify the leak, but once I did I ...
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How can I buff my hardwood floors without a machine?

My portable AC leaked some water and left behind some white stains on my hardwood floor. Over a few hours, they slowly began to disappear away, but the floor could use some touching up. I read that I ...
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What should I cover gap with below stair banister

I am looking to install a cable rail banister when an older banister was. Unfortunately there is a gap in between the stairs and wood floor that was previously covered. Thanks in advance for your help!...
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What should I do to my hardwood floors before moving into a new house?

I have a bit of an interesting situation - I just purchased a home which was essentially new construction (basically taken down to the studs and thus the floors are brand new). This is my first home ...
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Do we have to worry about liquid leveler being too heavy?

We're having flooring installed soon and our current floors have a decent slope to them and aren't level. The installer is going to use a liquid leveler. Do we have to worry about it being too heavy ...
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Paint under stain/poly in hardwood floors removal

When I moved into my new construction home recently, there were issues where there seemed to be paint or dust trapped in the stain or under the polyurethane. The builder sent in his floor guy who has ...
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Acclimatising engineered Australian click-system hardwood flooring prior to installation: to open or not to open the boxes?

We are about to install engineered, click-system hardwood floating throughout a house in Australia. Our understanding was that packs of engineered timber flooring should always be delivered and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it safe to buy hardwood floors from home renovation stores?

Some floor installers have warned me against buying hardwood floors from home renovation stores (box stores) because they claim that the wood is stored at sub-optimal humidity for months prior to sale ...
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Painting softwood kitchen floors, tar adhesive residue - advice?

Looking for any advice people have to offer about choice of paint, coatings, procedure, etc. Details: Original kitchen floors (doug fir) from a 1925 home. About 150 sq ft. Floors were originally ...
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Wood flooring options for dogs, finish options

I am very new to flooring and have a new project that needs to be undertaken within the next few months. To outline, we have two dogs that spend the day in the area we are looking to lay the new ...
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Bamboo 3/8" hardwood nailer

I am having a hard time finding a nailer that take cleats and has a plate for 3/8 hardwood bamboo. Could I use either 1/4 or 1/2 plates? This is my first time nailing down a hardwood floor and want ...
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Polyurethane on damaged floor isn't creating smooth surface

I had the wood floor chipped from heavy object played on it, removing the varnish that covered that small area. I tried to fix it by first sanding, then polyurethane on a cotton swab as the affected ...
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Wax over Shellac Wood Floor: Over waxed

I have a shellac'd** floor with a protective wax coat. The lightest traffic leaves smudges and marks. I buff it, and it looks great, until the next traffic comes up. I tried paint thinner to remove ...
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Dust and wax buildup on hardwood floor

My wife hired a maid who applied orange-glo to our hardwood floors, but without dusting first (she's not with us anymore). Unfortunately, there are now many areas of the floor where the multiple ...
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can I use vinyl for floor protection

Can I use a vinyl carpet like this: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.1000850316.html?eid=PS_GOOGLE_HD+%7C+PLAs_Shopping+%7C+Decor_Home+Decor&gclid=CJ6OhZirsdACFYZMDQodEEcAlw to protect my ...
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Another flooring identification question

Whatever was used as my living room flooring has a huge range of grain patterns, and I'm wondering what it is. I've tagged this hardwood but that's a guess... Apologies for the odd perspective; pic is ...
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What precautions need to be taken while installing a hardwood floor on a very old hardwood floor?

I am planning to install a new solid hardwood floor on an existing hardwood floor(some variant of pine) - on the second floor of the 2-floor house. Rights now, we are considering putting an ...
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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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Can I remove subfloor and install hardwood flooring directly on 2x6 planks?

I have 2x6 planks under 3/4 subflooring, running at a 45 degree angle. I plan on removing the 3/4 subfloor and installing hardwood flooring directly on the 2x6 planks. Is this a good idea?
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Is fan fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood?

Is fan-fold insulation an acceptable underlayment for hardwood? It is being used as a leveler from one floor level to another.