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Structure above the floor joists and below any finished flooring.

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Is it OK to use 1/4“ concrete backer board over 1/2” plywood as a bathroom subfloor?

I just bought a house built in 1978 and I'm planning on putting tile in the bathrooms (currently linoleum). The fixtures are removed and the flooring under the linoleum is particle board. I think ...
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Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?

Mike Holmes is a big fan of OSB/plywood over 1" XPS for basement floors, though his book leaves something to be desired in terms of details. His book says: ...on top of the foam, you want to have 5/...
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How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?

I'd like to install laminate floor on top of Delta FL in my basement. The basement slab is not level, it slopes (from all directions) towards a floor drain (that, via a pipe, leads to a sump pump) ...
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How to level bathroom plywood subfloor before tiling?

In a bathroom remodeling project, I noticed the newly installed plywood sub-floor is flat but not level, which may cause issues when installing the shower and the sink cabinet (water evacuation and ...
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Proper way to install double-layer of subfloor?

I am installing natural stone tile, so I've had to reinforce the joists a bit and I'm currently working on installing a new subfloor. The subfloor is 3/4" plywood with 1/2" plywood on top of it. The ...
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What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

My house is 1 story, but I have a basement so all the floors on the main level are "upstairs" and have a wooden subfloor. I ripped out the vanity in a bathroom I'm working on and starting taking out ...
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What is a proper high-quality sub-floor preparation for porcelain tile floor installation

I am preparing to do a kitchen remodel where I am replacing an existing tile floor with a new porcelain tile floor. The old floor that is being replaced has several areas where it is not level and ...
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How can I level a floor with uneven joists?

Ripping up 3/4" particle board underlayment over 1/2" plywood subfloor. Running with the joists the floor is flat and level. But running perpendicular to the joists I have high spots every six to ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

I am trying to remove tile from the bathroom floor. It was installed in the 70s, and the pieces are tiny, 1 in x 1 in. I've been hammering away but they're not coming up very easily. Is there a ...
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How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?

I have roughly 600 sq ft of basement that needs new flooring after some unfortunate flooding this past summer. We had carpet over concrete and are now looking to lay vinyl planks down. There is about ...
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HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?

We recently purchased a new washer and dryer set. It's a High Efficiency front loader washer with the high speed spin cycles. It's causing us grief. It vibrates like crazy. To the point where it's ...
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Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?

As part of finishing my basement I'll need to rebuild these stairs to account for the higher floor level. The back of this stair case is currently open to the lower basement, but that will be getting ...
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Using leveling compound on plywood subfloor (second story)

I am doing an installation of 1/2" engineered hardwood on the second story of my home. Checking the plywood subfloor for true and level, I found a pretty big dip (1/2") Is this scenario an ...
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How do I remove musty smell in coat closet?

Recently moved into an older house (1950s built) and noticed that the coat closet has a musty smell. The coat closet is next to the front door and has one wall that is an exterior wall. It has ...
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Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?

Before we begin, English is not my first language so my terms could be a bit wrong. Considering I'm planning to install 1/4" concrete backer-board over the sub-floor before tiling it again, is OSB ...
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What is this layer of material in the kitchen floor?

I have decided to replace the linoleum flooring in my kitchen with a layer of LVT Underlayment, and then Vinyl plank flooring. There were sections of the original floor that were not covered by the ...
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Do stairs need to be the same height after landing?

I have set of stairs that leads from the main floor to the basement. A little over half way down there is a landing (typical L-shape). I'm looking to put in an insulated subfloor in my basement, ...
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How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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Tile directly adhered to subfloor

I can home from work last night to find that the contractor began tiling in the master bathroom and is applying the ceramic tiles directly to the existing subfloor. My knowledge isn’t vast, but I ...
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How two install hardwood floors in a long room with a subfloor that has a plane change in the middle?

I'm installing 3/4 oak hardwood floors in a long room (45') and the floor is flat, with one exception. The house is a 100+ year old brick townhome with the back half built at a later date. Midway ...