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Is blackening on subfloor around my fireplace mold or soot?

With the closeups and seeing the mortar joint close up, then I realized the rest of the joints are done with black mortar. That is what is on the surrounding floor area. Since it was a bare concrete ...
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Help fixing loose baseboard

Looks to me like the problem here is that there's just too big of a gap between the "wood" and the tile, meaning the wood doesn't underlap the "transition" (really, cove molding) ...
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Help fixing loose baseboard

You might be ok to just plug the old nail holes with thin pieces of wood and then nail it back into place (literally just take off some 5mm splinters from the ends of some spare wood to plug the old ...
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Does anyone know if this water damage is mold?

That is classic water damage. You need to find and correct the source of the water. Then do treatment and repairs. The black areas of the wood is rotted or beginning the process of rot from wood ...
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Does anyone know if this water damage is mold?

It looks like (iron) rust staining. It can probably be removed using oxalic acid; but it's purely cosmetic: if you're going to cover it up there's no need to treat it.
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Does anyone know if this water damage is mold?

It looks like stain not mold. But you do have a leak and some rot in that corner, that is damaging the drywall that comes from above so take care of that.
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Resealing old wood floors without sanding as a temporary fix?

The poly will bubble and or peal in some places, but that isn't a concern for your situation. Just do as you intend, and in a few years cover with a new subfloor or rip and install new flooring. Your ...
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Water barrier between plywood and OSB in bathroom

What you have looks alot like tar paper. A felt like material with tar. It was very prominent from the 50s through the 90s as a roofing material under shingles. It was often used in other areas to ...
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Which should I repair first?

Re baseboard: Looks like there was originally carpet, which the baseboard was installed in top of to hide the carpet's edge. The gap left by the carpet's removal is mostly harmless. If it bothers you ...
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Which should I repair first?

I would recommend removing the baseboard, repairing the flooring, and reattaching or replacing--depending on your plans there--the baseboard.
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Preparing 100 year old wood floors for LVP

Your floor is a good candidate for LVP As others mentioned, nail down any boards that are loose. Fill in any big gaps ( larger than 1/4" wide and 1/8" deep) I use Henry feather finish. ...
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What to do after discovering possible asbestos tiles under carpet?

Here is some info about VAT flooring. Harvard says it poses no risk to public health. ( If not disturbed) VAT Flooring I think if you leave it alone you can re-carpet over it.
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Engineered hardwood repair help needed

If the tongue/groove are there and intact, the force of the neighbors might hold the bow down. Otherwise, cutting kerfs in the underside, perpendicular to the bow, can help. Go shallow and numerous, ...
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How to repair subfloor softened by water damage

Old post but I thought I’d add for new readers. There’s a product at Home Depot that will harden dry rotted wood and prevent mold. I think it’s called Rotted wood Restorer by Bondo. I wouldn’t ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

Vinyl is better for your situation, generally speaking. It's not apparent that the concrete will stay dry, and laminate often contains a fiber core that's subject to swelling if it gets damp. Vinyl is ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

I have installed both laminate and LVP/LVT on concrete and wood floor surfaces. Hands down the LVP/LVT is a better choice. Laminate: Needs to acclimate before being installed. Will swell if moisture/ ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

The key is that it needs to be "flat" as much as the manufacturer recommends. Underlayment can take care of some imperfections. Underlayment fairs much better under laminate wood. If it were ...
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