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Low-cost hardwood flooring... what's the catch?

There are a lot of factors when it comes to pricing flooring as it has become a highly competitive, mass produced commodity. What you have here is the cheapest specs you can get in wood flooring: ...
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Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

Solid wood flooring in a wet area is inherently risky due to the moisture everywhere. Pine flooring (a moisture-absorbent softwood) is inherently risky to install. Solid boards are inherently more ...
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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

A vibrating or oscillating sander isn't going to be aggressive enough for that job. It's really only suitable for light finish sanding. You need something that spins, or at least something with a ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

Your problem is obvious. Moisture is migrating up from the slab. I don't imagine anyone suggested to do a moisture check on the concrete before you started? There are meters that can measure the % ...
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Hardwood flooring installation

If the floor is flat with no dips or ridges then yes. The new flooring will raise the floor height up a bit ~3/4 inch, but if you are happy with the new height, no problem. Most flooring made with ...
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Is hardwood flooring safe from termites?

If you have a traditional wood framed house, termites in the flooring would be the least of your problems. Structural issues due to termites in load bearing walls would be much worse. Are you on a ...
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Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

@iLikeDirt covered a lot of important information, but I'd like to add something since the majority of the information assumes that there is a problem of excess moisture due to the concrete, while the ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

The traditional answer for drilling larger holes would be a brace and bit.
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

Do NOT install expansion spaces between each board. You want a very tight fit between each board and then leave an expansion space around the perimeter of each room. First you’ll need to acclimate ...
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Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece

For strength, hardwood is far preferable to softwood. Most big box stores have pieces of oak, often in the stair parts section. If nothing else is available, poplar would be preferable to softwood ...
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How much sanding do I need to do to refinish a wood floor?

You'll probably want to rent a proper floor sander. A small random-orbit will take ages and you'll probably burn through most of its useful life. The sander should come with a variety of paper grits....
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Proper Orientation for Plywood Subfloor under 3/4" Hardwood

Your current plywood is suitable for hardwood installation. I do not ever like to use 1/4 subfloor as it is brittle and when screwed sometimes doesn't lay flat. If I added to your subfloor I would ...
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Low-cost hardwood flooring... what's the catch?

If it's truly 3/8", then the glue-down hardwood is half the thickness of a traditional hardwood flooring material (example - 3/4" thick oak). This uses less volume of wood per square foot of floor, ...
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Are my hardwood sleepers shrinking?

What you are showing is bare wood apparently without any treatment or coating. In that case the wood will shrink and swell due to humidity and, since this appears to be outside, rain, snow, etc. Wood ...
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Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

If the scratches are all in the finish rather than gouging the wood, then (depending on what finish is already there) a "screen and re-coat" pass might be another option. That approach just roughs and ...
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Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

I won't go as far as @MichaelKaras but I would never lay 7 inch planks on concrete unless the concrete was 20 feet up in the air in an apartment building. Since yours is ground level you need to have ...
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Halo effect sanding floors

When re-finishing wood floors with drum and edge sanders one of the last steps is to blend the two areas with a floor machine sander. The floor machine is set-up for 100 and 120 grit sanding disks. ...
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Repairing hollowed out hole in hardwood floor

You should buy a colored wood filler that most closely matches the color of your floor and pack it in there to fill. Carefully sand the filled area, hit it with additional stain if necessary, then ...
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What's the best way to repair this hardwood floor damage?

Remove the old, rotten wood and replace it with new stuff. This is a very common repair. I've never seen anybody use a jigsaw to remove hardwood strip flooring before but I'm sure it's been done. ...
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What is this subfloor, and do I need a wood underlayment for hardwood

Yes, that's OSB. It's the only product that's made with large wood "strands". I wouldn't have guessed that it was 3/4" though due to the apparent lack of tongue and groove along the longitudinal edge, ...
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

Wood gives, and takes.... In my opinion, wood will compress when needed. Picture a hammer striking a board and leaving a mark, it compresses. This is quite the exaggeration, but for a point. The wood ...
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My apartment still smells like polyurethane after over a month! I have a toddler with respiratory issues, please help

From what you've told us, it sounds like you are trying a number of good ideas to help mitigate the smell and lingering off-gassing but maybe not optimally. I actually would advise against using ...
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Is it possible to tell if the current floor is solid or engineered hardwood?

You need to find an area where you can inspect the side of the boards. If there are floor registers, remove one and inspect. If you don't have those, look for areas around doors other areas where ...
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how do i flatten my hardwood?

Worst case scenario: remove the flooring. Medium damage throughout: Lay down 3/8" plywood over it, first replacing heavily damaged areas. Every board is slightly cupped: Have it professionally ...
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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

This article says it is food safe only after it is fully cured. According to finishing expert Bob Flexner, all finishes are food-safe once they have cured. Polyurethane varnish does not present any ...
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Proper Orientation for Plywood Subfloor under 3/4" Hardwood

In agreement with the above and further suggest: 1) Walk the existing floor in silence, use 1-1/4" screws to eliminate real or perceived squeaks. 2) Pay attention to the butt joints, if they are ...
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Repairing hollowed out hole in hardwood floor

i would start by digging out the area a little bit to see how bad the hole is. if its not to deep or just a sign of a bigger problem, i would fix it like so: 1) using lacquer sticks and an alcohol ...
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What are these light marks on my new (unfinished) oak counter tops?

Quarter sawn oak has those rays. They aren't a defect nor will they go away. This figure was prized by early Craftsman builders.
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