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  1. Flooring
    Hey Everyone, I want to finish these stairs but I'm not sure how. My wife would like the risers to be white and the treads to be grey (paint color that will match the vinyl flooring). I'm assuming there is a special paint for this? Will I need to prime the stairs first before I paint? The main...
  2. Carpentry
    We are adding on to our house that was built in the mid 80s. My question is... Can I use 5/8 plywood for the floor sheathing so I can match the existing? Has the code changed since 86? Thanks
  3. Carpentry
    I'm creating a first floor wet room and pulled up the floorboards and found joists in mixed condition. Short question is should I replace them? If so, am I right in thinking 6x2 at 400 centres should suffice in this room which is 2m x 1.7m. According to the tables I should be well within the...
  4. Flooring
    Hello, I want to use this floor repair kit to remove floor squeaks. The floor is carpeted and runs outside/near the bathroom. Is it safe to use these screws (3 inches) without puncturing/damaging water pipes underneath (if any)? Thanks
  5. New Member Introductions
    Hello everybody, I am in the middle of rebuilding my shower floor and I am happy I stumbled upon this site. You all are a helpful bunch. I have been a DIYer ever since I bought an apartment in New York City. There, in coop apartments, there is very little you are allowed to do (basically inside...
  6. Flooring
    Hey Everyone, If anyone looking to buy flooring and don't know where to start. I just wrote a little post on the flooring buying guide and thought to share it with you guys. Please see below. Let me know what you think. Getting hands-on with flooring samples is the best way to make an educated...
  7. Flooring
    I have a single floor board that is peaking (please see pictures). I am not sure what type of material or the method that was used to install it. What is the best way to fix the board?
  8. Insulation
    I would like to use rockwool insulation in a converted workshed. I plan to use R15 in stud walls with vapor barrier and sheet rock. I would like advice on the floor joists and ceiling joists. The floor joists will float over an existing concrete pad that gets moist in the winter. I will use 2x8"...
  9. Flooring
    I think I may have mold underneath my flooring. I think the subfloor may have residue of an adhesive with asbestos. Given these concerns, which of the following four options would be the best to do after I remove the existing flooring and before I put down new flooring? 1. use a Clorox and...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am converting my attached garage into a 2nd bathroom, closet and small master bedroom extension (~120 sq ft). I have to raise the garage slab floor about a foot or so to meet the raised house floor level. However, my basement floor joists 2x6 run different directions in the kitchen vs...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hello forum goers. This might seems like really obvious questions, but I have been struggling to find an answer. I have read Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction a few times, but it glosses of these particular areas. how do you construct a rim-joist when you do not have a single board long...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Need some ideas about filling those gaps (the ones stuffed with white shopping bags right now) as these are leaking cold air into the room (1st pic). And caulk/seal rest of the joint (2nd pic). I can do backer rods and then a polyurethane based concrete sealant/foam for those gaps and use the...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    i have a cabin supported by concrete footers, the bottom is completely open to the weather. i insulated the underside with Roxul and Polyiso two years ago. the cabin now heats easily with electric baseboard but the floors inside are still cold. they are pinewood wide board over plywood and...
  14. Flooring
    We bought a house in April and I suspected that under the vinyl was hardwood floors and I was right. I doubt it is original to the date of the house 1883 however I came across I spot that had some small boards nailed down and some adhesive. I am unsure why only to assume they did it to level it...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hey Fellas, I am planning to build an outdoor dry sauna. Ideally I would like to build a floating floor and would prefer not to pour a concrete slab in case the sauna needs to be moved one day (main plumbing drain will be directly underground). I would likely build it on Dek Blocks with...
  16. Plumbing
    This might be one of those dumb questions... I want to turn a 2nd bathroom into a laundry room. Is it possible to use/convert the drain from the toilet and use it as a floor drain? Would there be a venting problem? Or should I just seal/cap it off and tile over it? I only have a crawlspace, no...
  17. Flooring
    Hi, I'm replacing the tile floor in a (former) laundry closet with engineered flooring to match the rest of the room. It's only 16 sq. ft., concrete slab above grade under the tile. My plan is to remove the existing tile and install the floor. My question is about underlay. What exactly makes...
  18. Flooring
    We have brand new engineered hardwood floors that scratch VERY easily. Four days ago, I put on 2 coats of Minwax Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors with a satin finish using a lamb’s wool applicator. I allowed 7 hours of dry time after the first coat at 72 degrees, and 48 hours for the...
  19. Flooring
    Hi there, We purchased a 100 year old farmhouse that has "sagged" in the middle. When we took possession there were crappy old indoor/outdoor rugs that we removed on the second floor, and have been living on the sub-floors since (for now). We'd like to put new flooring down now. Each...
  20. Flooring
    I'm looking for basement flooring options and would ideally prefer a floating floor that is truly waterproof. I know of one product that is sold in the Netherlands - it's a PVC core, but it's very expensive to get here. Can anyone provide some suggestions? Solution must float as the concrete...
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