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How can I remove blackened water stains from a hardwood floor?

We have several large (3' x 6') blackened areas on our hardwood floor where water damage occurred. This discoloration goes deep. Our goal is to sand the floors and apply a clear coat, but we first ...
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Best way to install T moulding

I am installing hardwood T moulding between my new hardwood floor and a tile floor. I tried just nailing down a test piece but I found the slight flex in the moulding causes squeaks with the nails. ...
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Building a desk-Does it need reinforcement?

I'm build a computer desk, but I've been agonizing over the build because I'm concerned that there might not be enough support. These are the details: Table top: Teak butcher block with a live edge ...
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Two nails in my hardwood flooring keep popping up: I have knocked them back in, but because of a bit of flex in the floor, they work their way back up. What should I do about them? Is it best to just ...
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Hardwood floor was not wiped down before staining

The person installing our hardwood floors vacuumed them after sanding, but did not wipe them down before staining. The floors look good, but have smudge and streaks. Do we need to do something else ...
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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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second floor walls short?

Live in the US. House is from 1972. I am trying to run some cable from the attic to the basement and the only real path is behind my closet in a room on the second floor. Need to drill a hole ...
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Floor paint stripping

OK, so I decided to strip a heavy black paint and what not on top of it from the hardwood floors in a 100+ year old house I purchased recently. To that end I purchased a $150 stripping tool ("...
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Hardwood flooring installation

We have 1/2” particle board over 3/4” plywood. Can we install real hardwood over both? We now have carpet which we want to replace.
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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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Polyurethane cracking/bubbling on hardwood floor

Hi all I’ve recently stained and polyurethaned my hardwood floors using an oil based poly but I’ve noticed it has started to crack/bubble because I stupidly decided to put 97% isopropyl alcohol on a ...
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Stain on stripped stairs is bleeding/weeping

I just stripped my stairs and applied a light oil based stain. Turned out too dark so I am stripping this off and going with lighter stain. When I re-sanded the wood, there is some seepage or ...
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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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Acclimating hardwood weight concern

I am having 3/4" red oak hardwood floors installed (1200 sq ft) and need to acclimate the wood. The floor is supported by 2x10 joists (16" center) with a 13 foot span. Can this wood be ...
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How can I prevent warping while hardwood floor is stored for reuse?

I'm pulling up 1000 sq ft of hardwood floors to reuse in a couple months. They'll be stored in the same room they're pulled up from so the humidity levels will remain the same, minus seasonal change (...
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acclimating new hardwood, southwestern Ontario, during the winter

first time question in this forum. I am expecting delivery of new hickory hardwood flooring in the next few weeks. I've been doing a lot of reading about acclimation. General guidelines specify ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...