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  1. General DIY Discussions
    My wife and I are replacing some carpet in an addition in our home with Cali bamboo vinyl plack tiling. When we removed the carpet we realized that the subfloor was just a concrete slab. (Most likly the addition was a garage at on point) The carpet padding was glued down on the edges. There are...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello! I am trying to repair the edge of my concrete floor in the garage- right where the garage door comes down and it meets the driveway. There is a gap in the area when the door is closed and during the winter it lets in all the cold air and sometimes moisture. There is a bedroom above the...
  3. Flooring
    Hello, I was sealing my concrete floor with water based poly. I was going to apply 3 coats, but after 2 coat I decided to clean the floor with lukewarm water as there was some dirt on the floor. After I applied water, I saw that there were some dark water spots around cracks and small holes...
  4. Flooring
    I decided to lay 1/4" hardie board and tried to use a 1/2" tooth trowel for the thinset, so it would give me another 1/4" thickness and total 1/2" underlayment. So when I add the 1/8" Click Lock Vinyl tile it would meet up with the 5/8" thick Laminate flooring next to it. But when I went to do...
  5. Flooring
    I am about to purchase a home with concrete flooring throughout. The concrete is stained and I don't like the color. I am sure that this is a DIY project but I am struggling to find guides. I have seen acid stained concrete floors that have cool overlays or areas where chemicals have reacted...
  6. Flooring
    I own a rambler that was built in the 1950's and is slab on grade so the subfloors are all concrete. An addition was put on in the 1980's that is also slab on grade. In total there is about 1600sf of concrete floors that I would like to flatten so I can install a floating engineered wood floor...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have removed the floor and internal cladding of a bathroom to allow replacement of all drain and water pipes. It's a timber frame on bricks with (removed) concrete floor. I've discovered that the highest point of the bricks under the baseplate is about three inches higher than the lowest...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an approximate 6 x 8 hole in a 4" thick concrete pad that was originally for a storm shelter installation. We aborted that plan and the hole was filled with gravel and packed, rebar drilled into existing pad, bonding agent used, etc, but the finish on top was somewhat low around the...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have terrible carpet in our apartment. Repairs made to this place are either done wrong or never done so we got the go ahead to do anything that needs to be done and cost of materials will be taken off the rent. Our concrete slabs are pitted, cracked, and there are tack strip holes. What are...
  10. Flooring
    I have a home built in the 50s and the concrete floor is covered in an undesirable paint color. I would like to remove it mechanically and I'm wondering what some good methods are? I want to get it back to bare concrete. Thanks!
  11. Plumbing
    This is in my basement workshop. Despite careful planning:whistling2:, when I poured the replacement concrete in the trench for the drain on my new toilet installation, I ended up with a clearance issue. I'm sure it was the result of adjusting the run of 4" pipe for proper fall on its way to...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi there! A friend of mine recently bought a townhome. His garage has this funky - almost rotten garbage - type smell. He had the lower half of the drywall removed to see if there were any dead critters in the walls which ended up just being a waste of time and effort. Two things we...
  13. Plumbing
    I"m exploring my options for my basement shower and since I've ripped out all the existing concrete I wonder if it will save me many steps by just repouring the new floor with the area the shower will be on with a gentle slope towards the drain and pour epoxy over the slab aftewards for...
  14. Building & Construction
    anybody ever heard of pouring a concrete slab over a sonotube enclosed area. Such as a 24 x24 garage. Place sonotubes around the perimeter and then pouring the concrete slab. The sonotubes would maybe act as a frost wall. Ok heres your chance to tell me im an idiot
  15. General DIY Discussions
    We are framing our basement which has a concrete floor. All of the walls we've assembled have pressure treated lumber at the base, per code. We have just put together the pocket door frame and I realized that the frame (wooden) is not treated and is only separated from the concrete floor by a...
  16. Flooring
    There's a 20+ page thread elsewhere on this subject -TMI - so i thought i'd try a reset. serious water downstairs in our bi-level a few weeks ago - tore up about 500 sq ft of berber, padding and vinyl tiles...$165 just to get it hauled away...been obsessing on the net since then on how to...
  17. Flooring
    Hi, I'm in the design phase for building a new porch. I've been reading through these forums trying to find an idea which will work for me but haven't quite found a thread which will work. I live in Seattle, WA. My existing front porch is over my basement and when we get a good rain here...
  18. Flooring
    I'm installing ceramic tile flooring on concrete slab. The floor was poured in 1957, so I don't know if there is a sealer on it or not. We removed some old asphalt tiles and adhesive (yuk) and the clean concrete still has a little sheen on it. What further prep should I do? Do I need to etch...
  19. Flooring
    Hi I have a big mess on my hands - hope someone here can help. This is an old 1930's house, but the room I refer to must have been done more recently...maybe the 60's...? I have what must have been a carport or garage at one point. The original owners enclosed it and put down some sort of...
  20. Building & Construction
    Does a 10x22 out/storage building (normal 2x4 construction) with a concrete floor require a footer?
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