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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

If you are not opposed to cutting off the existing nose, it would be the best solution. Since you are adding 3/4" outward to the riser that would even the stair tread depth back to the original ...
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Can I use subfloor to align a house-length starter row of hardwood flooring to the house, rather than to a single room?

Don't use subfloor seams for layout. Human perception seizes on out-of-parallel lines, especially if the lines are close to each other. This means that you want to minimize the flooring's deviation ...
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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

Either solution would seem to be viable, but removing the nosings is probably the more precise way to do it, and it's probably quicker. It's unlikely that a uniform 3/4" board will bring the ...
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Covering screw holes in hardwood floor

A standard 90's method would be wood dowels, AKA wooden discs. They may come as a beam you cut to pieces. You take a larger drill sized for the dowels and make a recess so the screw head hides fully ...
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1/4 plywood between existing floorboards and new hardwood?

I specialize in fixing old houses and I'm currently working on one built 1837. Yes, everybody prefers the old boards, but what most people don't understand is that at some point they will reach the ...
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How to ensure seamless transition of hardwood flooring

What you propose to do is done by pro floor layers all the time. Transition strips are not needed unless there is a difference in floor levels. If it is all the same level, and presumably it is a nail ...
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1/4 plywood between existing floorboards and new hardwood?

I had a wood floor in a house - 90 years old then. Boards worn like you describe, we used an 18" drum sander, first diagonal with coarse paper then other diagonal with smoother paper. After that ...
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2nd subfloor layer for hardwood

It does not, and yes you can. By adding a substantial second layer you're increasing total rigidity enough that a second t&g connection isn't warranted. You should try to stagger joints with those ...
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How can I tell if this is hardwood or subfloor?

That’s plywood subfloor. Definitely not hardwood. Source: experience.
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What do the markings in the photos say about the flooring and it's quality?

The only legible marking on the flooring itself is "PLAIN". This means unfinished. The paper, assuming it goes with, is saying it's White Oak, 4" planks, "B" grade and the &...
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how can I know whether my hardwood floor is glued down or nailed down?

If you have a rare-earth magnet, you can scan the floor with it to find where the nails are.
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What's the maximum floor finish thickness or number of coats of polyurethane varnish?

As many as you can stand; or want. Pretty sure the basketball courts at my school got 9 coats (and oil based was the only kind there was at that point) every summer. I don't think we ever went past 6 ...
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How to save 100+ Heart of pine floor with no subfloor

It really depends on what is causing the soft spots: Too much distance from joist to joist (the span). The only way to correct this is by installing new joists between the old ones, and this requires ...
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Weird odor in my living room and kitchen

Since you did not give us enough information to pinpoint the problem, let's list the possible sources and fixes. Starting with kitchen sink drain. It might be clogged (not draining well) The p-trap ...
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How can I remove spot stains from this hardwood floor?

Usually sanding is the only effective treatment, other than living with the spots. You could try "wood bleach" (usually oxalic acid, not chlorine like laundry bleach) which might or might ...
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Covering screw holes in hardwood floor

I usually take one of two approaches when it comes to this. The first is the most tedious. It involves buying two Minwax wood stain finish markers and manually staining your wood putty to match the ...
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Please help me identify this 1927 flooring found under carpet? I need to buy 30 feet for repairs

It looks like vertical grain Douglas Fir to me.
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How to transition between manufactured hardwood and vinyl rolled flooring?

If the vinyl isn’t going to be there for long, then yes — tack down a transition strip. Just put the nails on the vinyl side.
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1890s Victorian home: is the wood flooring worth refinishing?

If sanded down, it will be gorgeous!. All you need to do is to find a gap, or check many gaps in the flooring. Use something thin like a credit card or thinner and shove it in the gaps. If there is 3/...
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How do I mask off stained wood without damaging the finish?

Yes, you need a premium quality tape designed for delicate surfaces (example in pic, not a brand recommendation). Sometimes they are marketed as "easy release" or "gentle release".
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Should I consider washer rows in my 1-1/2” x 3/4” T&G red oak hardwood flooring layout?

I had to look up "washer rows", never heard of the term. Now I have. If you start in the middle of the floor and go both ways, you are working to the advantage of any expansion that may ...
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Help/Advice with wooden floor repairs

Based on internet search, it appears those can be glued or floated. Do you know how yours was installed? It looks like Eco Forest is a brand carried by Floor & Decor. I have no clue if your ...
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How to prepare 1/2" subfloor for hardwood flooring?

Modern homes are often built with 3/4" OSB subfloors. This is the minimum standard, in my opinion, and it's what you need to achieve. Solid hardwood flooring adds considerable stiffness itself, ...
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How should we proceed with hardwood floor sanding when getting uneven results?

The old drum sanders can have a tendency to dig in if you pause. Never have the motor running and the drum in contact with the floor when the sander is not im motion across the floor. The only way I ...
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1890s Victorian home: is the wood flooring worth refinishing?

I refinished a floor of similar age - big cylinder sander, diagonal passes etc etc. Came up beautiful - remember to punch down every nail 😀, otherwise new drum paper required… Make sure you dust seal ...
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Laying Hardwood in an Octagonal Pattern

The upside to option 2 is that it would be really easy to use a tracksaw (or equivalent) to cut all your rough length rings in a perfect line to drop the spoke into place. You'd only get biscuits or ...
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Can the water stains in this hardwood floor be sanded out?

If it were me, I would get a chisel and knock out just one flooring strip. Preferably one of the most damaged strips, and preferably from the edge like under the quarter round. Pull it up and actually ...
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Shoddy bamboo board flooring installation - will stopgap repair cause problems later?

At this point, I don't think that face-nailing could make it any worse. When/if it comes time to redo it, you'll likely need to buy new floorboards anyway. Bear in mind that it's not guaranteed to fix ...
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What's the maximum floor finish thickness or number of coats of polyurethane varnish?

I don't think there is a maximum. At our previous house we had our timber floors coated and then recoated 6 years later. Both times, they just poured on the varnish and spread it with a broom. It took ...
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Can I lay Engineered Wood floor over curved subfloor?

I'd say "no" this is not a good idea. If the subfloor is not straight and level the new flooring will not join its edges properly and you'll have gaps. My suggestion is to clean up the mess ...
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