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Floor tile layout process?

Software would be nice, but setting up your room diagram is probably more work than just trying your layout in reality. Plus, there's no substitute for actually seeing it in place. I usually do this: ...
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Why are the areas (square footage) for carpet removal and for vinyl plank installation different?

There are two main reasons: When you install planks there is a requirement that the ends of the plank must be within a certain distance of ends of other planks on adjacent rows. This means you ...
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How do I deal with a skinny strip of flooring at the edge of a wall?

Assuming that this is a locking tongue-and-groove product... Rip the strip and install it as normal. There's no reason at all not to, and it happens on almost every flooring install in one place or ...
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How do I know if my subfloor is fire retardant or preservative-treated?

The concern is probably that adhesives won't bond to treated plywood, or maybe that color will leach out and stain the new flooring. You're right that you're seeing paint overspray on your subfloor. ...
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Removing and adding skirting boards when installing floors?

Yes, carpet can be installed without removing the skirting because slightly uneven carpet edges can be stuffed down between the tack strips and the skirting. For wood and tile, straight edges are ...
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Removing and adding skirting boards when installing floors?

Laminate requires an expansion gap. When installed without a gap, laminate buckles up as the flooring heats and expands. Leaving the gap exposed would be unsightly, so the floor trim should be ...
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Would it be better to temporarily lay vinyl on a carpet, carpet underlay or floorboards?

Vinyl flooring will fail in short order if laid over something soft like carpet or carpet padding. It's not designed to flex and stretch as it will under foot traffic and furniture, and more ...
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How do I deal with a skinny strip of flooring at the edge of a wall?

Of course, don't tear up the whole thing. But you should consider tearing up just the last full board, and reducing the width of the last two courses: The last board will have to be glued or screwed ...
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How do I know if my subfloor is fire retardant or preservative-treated?

That looks like good old plywood decking. No obvious treatment there.
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I noticed this spacing on floor behind stove, seal it?

Yes it is normal and no, you don't need to seal it. There's always a space between the floor and wall, but in finished parts of your house, there is baseboard that will cover it. If you want to ...
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How do I deal with a skinny strip of flooring at the edge of a wall?

You can always just glue the narrow srip to the adjacent full plank and make it an 'oversized' plank. The plank will expand and contract normally and be fully floating.
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Would vinyl plank flooring allow liquids to leak through?

Vinyl plank will allow the urine to seep underneath, unless you use a sealant on the joints/seams. Even if it is properly installed. Using sheet vinyl will work perfect for your application. The only ...
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Replace broken tile with concrete

First that concrete subfloor you have is great. Don't ever demo a good concrete bathroom subfloor unless you have to. Second if you don't want a tile floor it is very easy to demo the tile without ...
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Solution for covering carpet glued to concrete on a balcony

It's a pain in the neck but you need to remove and dispose of the carpet. Anything you put on top of it will only cover a nasty mess that will get worse over time. Once the carpet is removed you will ...
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Divots in concrete from carpet tack

You cannot avoid a divot when pulling nails out of concrete small divots I use epoxy filler larger or a large number I use a self leveling compound or hydraulic cement. Vinyl flooring will show divots ...
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Fixing/stopping crack in vinyl plank flooring

The proper way is to replace the piece, but this is either laborious if you have to replace planks until you get to the damaged one, or it is very difficult and risks damaging the rest of the flooring,...
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Leveling the floor before vinyl

You aren't going to like this answer. The best way to do this, and I know from experience, is to get a floor scraper, like the one shown below, from your home store and go to town scraping the floor. ...
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Should vinyl plank flooring be caulked around a wall pipe?

Well, sure, but caulk isn't going to make your floor a boat. It'll slow things down somewhat, but even self-sealing floors have small flaws in their water-holding ability. A flood is a flood, and no ...
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Laying Vinyl Flooring Over Uneven Poured Concrete

Spend $50 on a non contact moisture meter rated for concrete. Make sure your system is ok with whatever level you have spring/fall.. Floor grinding with a diamond cup grinder, followed by SLC (self ...
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What can I do with vinyl tile where the floor edge is open, like at a descending staircase?

aluminum stair nosing –Google source
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What can I do with vinyl tile where the floor edge is open, like at a descending staircase?

I do happen to like the aluminum, but would stained and varnished oak stair nosing be elegant enough?
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What are my options for tiling over an uneven concrete floor?

One option would to roughly fill the deep depressions with a relatively inexpensive mortar mix, and only then pull out the self-levelling stuff so you can use less of it.
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Crusty stuff coming up between basement floor planks

Some vinyl planking, like mine, has a thin layer of corkboard on bottom to help padding. This is why orange-brown crust is seeping up. Moisture from slab is pushing thru the cork layer and forcing it ...
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How smooth does the floor need to be to lay vinyl plank over it?

You can download the DIY installation instructions here, which contain a lot of guidance on the subfloor requirements, as well as instructions. They say concrete is a suitable subfloor, although they ...
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How do you install a floating floor on stairs?

I don't recommend doing what you're attempting to do but... If you're covering 2x12 carpet treads, the 2x12 treads will need to be pulled off and have most of the overhang ripped off so you don't end ...
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Floor tile layout process?

I agree completely with isherwood, especially on a smaller job like a bathroom, but I wanted to add my recent experience with my recent, fairly complicated, tile layout. It required some pre-planning ...
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Should I caulk the baseboards to sheet vinyl floor in a basement bathroom?

If you’re not installing cove base, I would definitely caulk the base to the sheet vinyl...or make sure you never allow teenage girls in your basement bathroom.
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What sort of nails should I be using on Sheet Vinyl underlayment?

Unless installing a rigid material such as new plywood, luan, cement board, etc - you generally do not nail it down. When you do, ring shank is the right type of nail. But it has to be a decent ...
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Removing and adding skirting boards when installing floors?

Because all the floor coverings you mention expand / contract as the temperature changes, but carpet does not.
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Can sheet vinyl flooring be reused?

I personally have never seen vinyl pulled up, after being glued down, come up in a usable condition. Even it it does not rip or tear i find the backing material separates and stays with the glue on ...
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