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  1. Flooring
    Hi! my wife and I just bought the house we have rented for a while and want to resurface the basement floor. It was roughed in when the house was built, which was a long time ago, and we really want a finished floor that’s smooth. We weren’t sure if it would be better to try and fill in the...
  2. Flooring
    Hello! I am in the process of purchasing a new home. Just had the inspection yesterday and I was able to pull up carpet in a couple of rooms. The previous owners stated that there were hardwood floors underneath all of the carpet. All the rooms currently have carpet except the kitchen and...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi - I have some spongy 3/4" T&G red oak floors. They are 62 years old, so I am sure there are some broken tongues and that the original cleats have loosened from the subfloor in some areas. The original subfloor is only 3/8" thick - it may have absorbed some moisture from the humid air below...
  4. Painting
    Before we moved in we had the carpet on the second floor ripped up and the floors refinished. As the flooring guys were working they told me that the floor in a room directly connected to my 1-year-old son's nursery had been painted blue. They refinished it and I thought nothing of it. Flash...
  5. Flooring
    Hello all, Looking for some advice on dealing with the transition between the OSB subfloor and the concrete foundation edge of a room. I will be installing underlayment and 7.5" wide Pergo laminate flooring throughout the room on the OSB subfloor. The subfloor is level and well built...
  6. Flooring
    Laminate flooring is increasingly gaining popularity among homeowners due to its appealing look, functionality and durability. By design, laminate flooring will last for years with minimal effort. Laminate flooring and water, however, have a complicated relationship. The wood materials in...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi all! I'm redoing the basement kitchen and after removing the cabinets I found that they were sitting on old 2x4s recessed into the concrete. I'm left with a recession that is about 1" deep along the exterior wall and 2" deep on the inside of the recession where the tiles are. I'm thinking...
  8. Flooring
    Hello, Previous owner of the apartment had done very nice tiling in the bathroom and kitchen but it's crazy cold 🥶. Is there are way/technology/product to heat existing tile floors? No, carpet is not an option. Could be a temporary winter-only option. Thank you
  9. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am remodeling a basement kitchenette (first time floor tiling, so I appreciate any tips!). The existing floor is laminate glued directly to the concrete floor, so the new section of tile will need a backing board, raising the height. My worry is that I will be constantly stubbing my toe when...
  10. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I'm remodeling an 8' x 5' half bath in a 3-level split where the bath is in the basement on concrete. The old floor was vinyl tile glued directly to the concrete. My plan is to place 1/8" wood subflooring and then the vinyl sheet over that. First question, is that recommended/necessary (to add...
  11. General DIY Discussions
    I am working on a project to remove a lingering chemical smell in a closed bedroom with worn hardwood floors. We moved into our house in October, and I removed carpet in one bedroom (which I kept closed off) but stupidly left exposed carpet padding in the room for 7-8 weeks and now the odor will...
  12. Flooring
    Need help !! I installed flooring in pantry with sliding door , now sliding doors won’t close flush if I add baseboard. Has anyone encountered this issue ?
  13. Flooring
    some questions: 1. any way to tell if this tile contains asbestos - does it appear as if it might? 2. can i tile right on top of the existing tile? 3. do the toilet and pedestal sink need to be removed or can i tile around them? thanks!
  14. 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...
  15. 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
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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...
  19. 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?
  20. 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"...
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