Questions tagged [hardwood]

The tag has no usage guidance.

36 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
0 answers
378 views

What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?

Last week during a cold snap with high winds. I discovered moisture along the floor on one side of my bonus room, above the attached garage. Their was enough moisture that the baseboard molding ...
  • 31
2 votes
0 answers
99 views

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 ...
  • 31
2 votes
0 answers
155 views

Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused foreclosed home to restore. The home exists in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineered wood in the same where good product is used and ...
  • 21
1 vote
0 answers
91 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
50 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
134 views

New hardwood floor crackles

It would be really great if someone could give me some advice on the following issue: Last year I bought a house and had a hardwood floor installed (solid hardwood, stapled on plywood over crawlspace)...
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
201 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
34 views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
1k views

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 ...
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
147 views

sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors

i have a very annoying and frustrating problem. there are sticky popping sounds coming from under my newly laid hardwood floors. there is a underlay on cement base and the installer swears that he ...
1 vote
0 answers
246 views

What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?

I'm reflooring both my kitchen and the adjoining rooms. The kitchen will be tile and the Living Room/Dining Room will be engineered hardwood. I'm going down to the joists in the kitchen because the ...
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
37 views

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. ...
0 votes
0 answers
52 views

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 ...
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

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 ("...
  • 117
0 votes
0 answers
71 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
54 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
24 views

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 ...
  • 235
0 votes
0 answers
27 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
41 views

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 ...
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
25 views

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?...
  • 155
0 votes
0 answers
118 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
44 views

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? ...
  • 31
0 votes
0 answers
965 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
21 views

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 ...
  • 255
0 votes
0 answers
864 views

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 ...
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
138 views

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 ...
  • 1
0 votes
1 answer
318 views

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 ...
  • 9
0 votes
0 answers
113 views

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 ...
  • 181
0 votes
0 answers
55 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
34 views

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 ...
  • 442
0 votes
0 answers
2k views

removing a transition strip between linoleum and hardwood

I am going to tile an entrance way that is currently linoleum. The transition strip between the linoleum and a hardwood floor is glued down, it appears that it may be construction adhesive, very ...
  • 1
-1 votes
1 answer
76 views

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 ...
-1 votes
1 answer
79 views

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 ...
-1 votes
1 answer
90 views

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 ...