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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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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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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 office chair worn hardwood floor

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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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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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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Quieting existing hardwood floor

I recently purchased a home which has a nice hardwood installed floor on the second floor. However, I've noticed that that you can easily hear people on the second floor (talking at a reasonable ...
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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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Installing Plywood Underlayment over Plywood Subfloor

We are renovating an apartment and trying to install a 3/4'' solid hardwood floor in the living room. We pulled out the existing carpet along with a 5/8''particle board underlayment. Under that we ...
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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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Hardwood Filler is Popping up

We had new hardwood floors installed in our house and the installer used wood filler. Now 6 months later the wood filler is popping up in areas he filled that were existing flooring that remained. The ...
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Wood floor Transition Strip

I’m working room-by-room in my house removing old wood flooring and installing new Cali Bamboo flooring. Because Bamboo expands and contracts so much, the manufacturer suggests using transition ...
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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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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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I just polyurethane 700 sq ft. of hardwood flooring

I waited 48 hours for the floor to cure, got on it with knee pads and left impressions. Some slid and wrinkled. How do I repair these spots. I have about 7 of them.
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How to deal with a small concrete patch in hardwood floor install

I am installing 3/4 inch oak throughout my first floor. The install is over the original pine, which sits directly on the joists. I put 1/4 OSB over the pine (due to a number of factors 5/8" wasn't ...
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Fix deep Scratches on hardwood floor

I notice deep cracks on hardwood floor all over like below. We really like the house and buy it. Is this a major problem or a common one
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What is the recommended technique for refinishing hardwood floors?

I have old hardwood floors in my home that I'd like to refinish myself. I'm ok with all sorts of manual labor, but I'd like to know the preferred method for refinishing them without damaging my walls ...
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What species of wood floor do I have?

We are refinishing our wood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. Initially, multiple people suggested that it's pine wood but now after sanding our flooring guy thinks it's ...
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Do I need to remove the adhesive from peel & stick vinyl when putting hardwood with rosin paper?

I am removing peel and stick vinyl from plywood and will be putting nailed 3/4 in hardwood in its place. Do I need to get all of the adhesive up or is it ok to just put my rosin paper or other ...
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How do I remove permanent marker from a solid hardwood table?

A black permanent marker was used on my kitchen table. My daughter is 3, my bad for leaving the marker out! An image of the damage: The top circled area shows one mark. The bottom circle is where ...
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Making exposed structural wood look nice

I built a loft/bed in a bedroom. It uses structural 2x which will be exposed once the room is complete. The structural 2x (a vertical 2x6 post and horizontal 2x12-2 beams spanning 75% of the room) ...
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How to fill holes in Hardwood Floor, Large, Medium, and Small

The floors in this home are likely original from the 1920's. The lovely owners of the house before me did not care much as it was a rental, and we now have tons of paint and holes on and in the floors....
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“Click-Lock”, “Engineered”, “Engineered Click”, and “Solid” hardwood… Is there a difference between “Engineered” and “Engineered-Click”?

I've researched this a bunch already and I'm pretty far down the decision timeline, but I was looking at samples again tonight and I've realized that I need a more definitive answer before I can make ...
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Do soft casters on rolling chars hurt hardwood floors?

Or should I just get a floor mat? Obviously I'd rather have the soft casters, if they do the job, but if they don't it's not worth it. What should I do?
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What to look for in wood selection when building a coffee table frame with glass top

I'm looking to build a coffee table with a design similar to that in the picture. A simple frame, with a glass top. The other photo I've included is one of my floor, which might be teak (I rent, in ...
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Sanded polyurethane off

Had a mess up on my poly with streaks so decided to redo and take back down to wood. Is it necessary to redo the sides or can I just sand down over the end and leave the rest as per picture. Thanks!
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Is there a way to 'remove' blackened water-stain from 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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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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Is it appropriate to put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor?

My installer put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor. Is that a problem?
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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 do I lay hardwood over a transition in a room that is not level?

We are going to be laying hardwood in our entire upper floor. The subfloor between two of the rooms is on a bit of a slope. What's the best way to lay the hardwood over this transition. We are going ...
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Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

I am in a process to to get my hardwood refinished. The floor have few deep scratches and is of oak type hardwood. My question is: 1) Stain or not to Stain ? Is it a good idea to stain the ...
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Hardwood flooring: transitions and expansion gaps

I'm gearing up to start installing flooring in my remodel, and I'm looking for input of a few finer details. My house is a split level, and I'm installing hardwood on the upper level with 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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Repairing tile laid on harwood floor - how to make best of bad situation?

The previous owner of my house laid slate tile over hardwood in the entryway. A 9 square foot area has become loose and I need to re-set the tiles. Pulling everything out is not an option; I'm ...
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What type of wood is this scrap piece?

I picked up this slab of wood from my local Woodcraft in the scrap pile but have no idea what it is. This particular piece is 8x12x2".
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how to avoid tiny gaps in end joints of hardwood floor install

I am installing my first ever hardwood floor. It's pre-finished 3/4" solid wood, and it's been pretty fun. I've noticed that some of my end joints have some very tiny gaps on one side of the joint (...
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How do I get the most out of cracked lumber?

I'm about to build my first* large project with real hardwood, and because random widths and lengths lumber is so much cheaper than standard cut lumber (and typical cut lumber sizes are often not even ...
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Can I replace a hardwood floor board without replacing the entire floor?

I have a piece of floor that expanded and is popping up due to some water damage (attached photo). Is it possible to just take out the piece and trim it down to make it fit? Or would I need to ...
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Cork on _top_ of hardwood floors?

I have hardwood floors in a rental unit and I'd like to turn a portion of one room into a 'workspace'. But I'd also like to protect the floors from minor spills, tools falling, etc. I know that some ...
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What is this subfloor, and do I need a wood underlayment for hardwood

First off, I have 3/4 inch of this subfloor: It is on the first floor, and the area covers 700 sqft. Question 1: What type of subfloor is this? I think it's OSB but I want to make sure because when ...
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Tacky Danish oil surface on stained Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I arrived at the decision ...
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Refinish Part of Hardwood Floor?

I have a large spot on my floors where an office chair has been rolling back and forth on for years. The spot is now a bit worn and the finish on the surface has faded over time. In the photo, bottom ...
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What kind of joint is the best for joining wooden countertops?

I am installing a wall-to-wall desk in my office, which wraps around on one side. One side is 10'-9", and the other is 3'-8". The material is two lengths of oak butcher-block: 8'-2" x 25" x 1-1/8" ...
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Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?

I'm going to try doing an oil finish for the first time. I'm going to try Minwax Antique Oil Finish: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish The wood I'm ...
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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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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

So we are refinishing an old oak hardwood floor, we have sanded it and are cleaning it currently before we apply a satin water-based polyurethane (with no stain). Probably from varathane or minwax. ...