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Redo of hardwood floors didn’t remove all poly

I refinished my sunroom’s hardwood floors. It used to be an open porch. When I applied the poly, I noticed swirls and scratch marks and decided to redo them again. The floors are now even, polished ...
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Impact of Air Conditioner on plywood

I am going to set up a cupboard on a room which has AC. I'm wondering what would be the effect of running an AC on 22 degree Celsius(Normal room temperature would be 30 to 35 degree depending on the ...
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Plywood over hardwood underlying a poured bathroom floor?

In this 1954 New Mexico home, in the bathroom there is plywood apparently laid over the hardwood floors. But it seems to be actually sunk below the 'grade' of the hardwood. Additionally, there is what ...
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Is my approach to installing wood subfloor over concrete correct?

I recently purchased a new home in South Carolina, and was planning to extend the existing hardwood throughout the rest of the ground floor. Once I began to remove the existing carpet, I saw that ...
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How can I tell if I'm looking at original hardwood or subfloor?

I ripped up a portion of my carpet and found wood underneath. Problem is: I can't tell if what I'm looking at is just subflooring or potentially the original hardwood. I've ask people who know more ...
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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What should I cover gap with below stair banister [closed]

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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How can I tell if this is a wood stain or a gloss coat so that I can match the finish

Part of stairs that weren't finished by the previous owner for unknown reasons. I want to finish to match, but not sure if I am supposed to use a wood stain, varnish, or if I can use a polyurethane ...
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Water damaged butcher block and repair

I have butcher block countertop in my kitchen. I had a dish rack on top and water seeped onto countertop bowing the wood and I'm not sure what to do. This is a rental and I need an easy fix. The ...
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transition between hardwood plank and molding on stairs

I just got hardwood stairs installed. [The installer left a gap between the end of the hardwood plank and the molding and filled it with putty—and it looks terrible.][3] What can I do to cover that ...
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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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What is the cheapest/laziest way to touch up discolored hardwood?

I rent, so the amount of money and labor I am looking to invest in my floors is small. That said, there are a number of spots where the hardwood has a sort of "dead" look that I wouldn't ...
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Butchers Block Finishes

I recently purchased a Beech butchers block from homedepot to use as my standing desk surface. I am trying to understand how to finish it. I've read through a some articles and watched a couple of ...
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Old floor blending with new

We have two very different colors of floor, new vs old. We liked the rich color of the old wood when we applied wood conditioner. This same color can be achieved with red oak stain on the new, so ...
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hardwood flooring in two rooms not parallel

I have hardwood flooring in my dining room and another room, with kitchen in between. I want to extend the flooring to make the kitchen hardwood as well. The problem is that the flooring in the two ...
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Staining an ipe deck

So, I’m installing an ipe deck in the coming weeks. I will stain with a basic UV protector. I’ve never stained this much square footage before. My (dumb) question is how do you wipe off excess stain?...
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Hardwood Deck Board Acclimation

So, I'm installing a deck. Just bought the decking, which should be here in 2-3 weeks. (A mix of Ipe and Cimaru) I've seen mixed answers on the "right way" to acclimate it. Is "in the ...
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Engineered hardwood install has gaps at and and sides where I can see underlayment and staples respectively & floor is very squeaky

I have a high quality engineered hardwood floor with a 3-4 mm wear layer and at least 7 layers of good solid wood below. It's installed on a wooden subfloor over a basement or crawl space. My problem ...
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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

Why do online sites say that polyurethane isn't food safe, and is there some way I can use it on my kitchen worktop and still be safe? I don't prepare or store food directly on it or use it as a ...
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What should I use for an interior door threshold if the clearance is only 1/2”?

I just had hardwood floors installed in my office and I need to install a threshold to cover where the hallway carpet and hardwood join. The challenge is, the clearance is only 1/2” under the door (a ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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How can I flatten a hardwood floor in preparation for new flooring over it?

I have a second floor with T/G hardwood flooring that is in very bad shape. I have decided the easiest solution for me is to float new engineered hardwood over top of the old hardwood. There is no ...
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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

Doing some DIY around the house, any suggestions would greatly help. I want to refinish my indoor steps and railing(sand and repaint) When i am trying to sand the steps its very hard to sand it, ...
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Subfloor and hardwood floor installation:leveling and squeaking

I am installing a wooden subfloor and hardwood floor as part of a project to finish our attic. How do I level the subfloor? And should anything be added between subfloor and hardwood floor to help ...
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setting up long runs of hardwood flooring: where to square from?

So I have a 3 bedroom house, middle room being the smallest. The master is the widest covering the width of the house, and the 3rd room at the back is long and 2/3 the width of the master. I am doing ...
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Chair Mat Stuck to Hardwood Floor - How to Remove Residue

A plastic chair mat stuck to and left a plastic film on top of hardwood floor. I removed the mat and let the floor dry. Something may have been spilled on the mat that got underneath and dried. I can ...
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How to construct a timber and steel staircase?

I need to produce some detailed staircase technical drawings for unit. What’s the best way to attach the tread to the riser (#1/#2/some other way)? Also, how do you attach the oak tread to the steel ...
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Looking for advice on this refinishing project

Refinishing some wood builtins (veneer). The photos below are of a shelf which appears to have the same veneer; I am using that shelf as a test bed. I have provided several photos in different ...
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Repairing hollowed out hole in hardwood floor

I have a house that is roughly 100 years old with hardwood floors. We purchased the house about 5 years ago and immediately got the floors resurfaced. Even before resurfacing the floors I noticed that ...
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How do I deal with Particle Board Subfloors and Hardwood Flooring?

The house I recently purchased, built in 1973, has particle board subfloors. To clarify, this is not OSB and this is not just a particle board overlay over plywood -- the entire subfloor is 3/4" ...
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How smooth should I expect final finish to be on an new hardwood floor install?

I had an existing hardwood floor in one part of the first floor connected to new wood in the rest of the first floor. The contractor has done a great job of splicing in so there is no gap. What I'm ...
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What underlayment should I use to reduce traffic noise under a hardwood or bamboo floor?

I'm in the process of renovating the 2nd story of my New England 1.5 story cape-style home. New OSB subfloors are down with Liquid Nails and deck screws over 5 weeks ago. I'm on to flooring now. I ...
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Stuck parquet hardwood flooring

I'm doing a reno project and when we demo'd the old parquet hardwood floor, half of it came up no problem.. the other half is stuck badly to the older hardwoods underneath. They used some type of ...
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Floor sagging between joist- please help

I recently bought an old home- 102 years old and have some flooring issues. The long story is we bought it knowing it had foundation problems in the rear right corner. The home had a poured concrete ...
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Uneven floor and pending joints

We found out after buying the house, when sanding the floors, that it’s uneven. We looked in basement to find out that there is wood pending between the joints. Is this normal for house built in 1960? ...
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Are my hardwood sleepers shrinking?

I've built many retaining walls and garden beds with class 2 hardwood sleepers (2.4m x 200mm x 50mm). A few weeks after installing them in a vertical position with no gap between sleepers, a ...
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Stain / residue on hardwood after years of rug covering

I just bought a house from the mid 1800’s. Hardwood throughout but two rooms have had rugs on the floor for obviously many, many, years. When we pulled up the rugs we found that the hardwood was ...
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Fixing streaky pickling (whitewash) stain

I'm making butcher-block style counter tops from reclaimed hardwood flooring (oak, I think). I plan to finish it with Waterlox sealer, but my wife is concerned that the sealer will color the wood too ...
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How to fix hardwood floor with wear from an office chair

I currently have a hardwood floor that is worn down by an office chair and it needs to be fixed, optimally without having to do the whole floor with a floor sander. As you can see in this photo: the ...
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What are my options for hardwood floor scratch and gouge repair?

I have a 10 month old puppy who recently discovered her (apparent) love for the taste of wood putty. There was a rather large knot hole that had been plugged and finished in our living room floor that ...
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Can I recoat my floor's matte finish with a satin sheen product?

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Should I raise my subfloor when moving from 3/4" hardwood to thinner laminate?

When moving from a 3/4" hardwood floor to a thinner product such as engineered or laminate which is usually 8mm or 12mm, do you typically want to offset the lower profile of the new product by ...
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Is it better to do convert builder provided carpet stairs to hardwood yourself, or have the builder do it from the start (e.g. for townhome)?

Title should summarize the question. I have heard that in general it is good to have certain troublesome things done by your builder from the start, depending on factors like lest you have to damage ...
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Does the application of a new layer of lacquer dissolve pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing on lacquering to 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will ...
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Do solid hardwood floors have top laminate layers--or is this engineered?

I am looking to refinish or replace an existing wood floor. The previous owner says the floor is solid hardwood. A contractor came to look and said he thinks it is solid, too. However, we had a ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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Which side of wood deck boards should face up?

We're making a roof terrace using wood deck boards. The two sides of the deck board differ, with small/large grooves. Which side should face up, is this purely an aesthetic choice or is there ...
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How to smooth/flatten a butcher block

I have an old piece of butcher block that I want to use as a small bit of countertop -- planning to build what is essentially a small kitchen island (18" x 24", based on the size of the butcher block)....
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Re-Staining Factory Finished Maple Hardwood Darker Tones

I'm pretty familiar with the cosmetic remodeling trades (plumbing, electricity, drywall, and tile) and reasonably handy. I'm closing on a 15 year old house, with 2,800 sq. ft. of orange / mahogany ...