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  1. Flooring
    im curious if it's recommended that we be out of the house during the entire process? certainly when the stain is applied but also when sanding? i'm mostly concerned about my 6-month old and the dust that will be created. the contractor said we'd only need to be out of the house when they're...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi, we recently hired a painter to sand and refinish our hardwood floors. It's not really his expertise, but he's done a floor or two before and came recommended by our realtor, so we went for it, because we thought we didn't have time to wait for a professional. The floor is very unevenly...
  3. Flooring
    My wife is finally going to be out of town for a couple weeks this fall and I thought it would be the perfect time to get started installing the new hardwood floors she has been wanting. I'm currently trying to figure out our best options for what to do with all the furniture while I'm working...
  4. Flooring
    Big project here and it's my first. I replaced some 25-40 year old carpet in my home's 1200 sqft downstairs 2Bed 1BR apartment. I'd never done floors before, but did research and didn't derp it up too badly. The issue was around the edges of the floor where it met the walls. Much of the...
  5. Interior Decorating
    Hey all, I'm really glad there's a forum like this where we can all share ideas and help each other benefit from the wonders of doing projects on our own! Anyway, I just refinished my floors and purchased a new cheap rug (I'm a college student in a section 8 home I'm trying to fix up), and I'm...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello! This is a new house, radiant heat embedded in 3 floors of 3.5-4" concrete. It was cured 2.5 months in dry, low humidity weather (a few spring rainstorms but generally 30-45% humidity) and water finish was applied. The pouring concrete crew was different than the sealer crew. Prior to...
  7. Flooring
    What are the benefits of engineered hardwood over laminate and solid hardwood floor?
  8. Interior Decorating
    I want to add elegance and traditional looks to my bedroom. Which floors and furniture I should go for?
  9. Flooring
    How to Remove Water Stains from hardwood floors?
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Good Afternoon Everyone! I am new to DIY home repairs and upgrades. I've done searches on the net and on this site. I have cable wires running in my attic to the second floor of my house. I just need to bring one down to the first floor where I want to put my tv. I decided to just run the wire...
  11. Flooring
    My husband and I are getting ready to tile our entire home. Replacing the flooring is top priority. We have 4 dogs and because the carpet wasn't holding up well, we ripped it out and found ruined original 1930's wood flooring and partical board and damaged subfloor. We found great porcelain...
  12. Flooring
    Hey! Glad to be a part of DIYChatroom. Look forward to hearing all of your expertise on my many, many questions I will be having in the next few months. My wife and I are a few months in on a 1930's house strip to the studs remodel. One question I have is how to lay the new hardwood floors we...
  13. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    the door swings in to the 4.5' portion of things right into the oversized sink and cabinet... there is CARPET on the floor!!! The walk-in 4.5' x 4' shower is old small tiles and the floor is sinking and SUPER cold in the winter. The ceiling in the shower is lower than the ceiling in the rest of...
  14. Flooring
    I purchased an older home in the later part of last year and opted to have a go at most of the projects myself. Some have worked out well, others not so much. Approximately 80% of the house is covered in white oak and was in desperate need of refinishing. I rented the appropriate equipment and...
  15. Flooring
    good evening I have been set the task of cleaning an oak floor that has been painted black, the floor has many scuffs from shoes and scuffs and marks from chairs that have metal studs on them, is it possible to get this floor back to its former glory? any advice tips techniques would be very...
  16. Building & Construction
    I have a new construction home (8 months old), and ever since we've moved in we've had significant grout cracking, drywall cracking. Also, our floors have a number of dips and slopes. In some spots we've tested, it dips as much as a 1/2 inch over 4 feet. We've spent a lot of time pondering...
  17. How To Guides
    Here is directions to restore wood floors that have previously been finished with a polyurethane finish using a sandless refinishing method. (Please Note: This process is not for all wood floors, since no actual sanding is done this process will not remove dents or dings that are deeper than the...
  18. Flooring
    Hi, we are putting floors in our big open plan room with a kitchen island, and I am thinking about stone tiling the kitchen area and having oak flooring everywhere else. Concern for doing this was that oak floors will look more used in the kitchen area over time Will it look good? Any advice on...
  19. Flooring
    I refinished a set of hardwood floors before and I used a clear sealer and water based poly. It turned out pretty good. Now I'm taking up a notch. I'm doing another set of hardwood floors. I want to stain and use oil based poly. I read the directions on the minwax stain (red mahogany) and it...
  20. Carpentry
    The floors in my (rented) townhouse are going seriously fun house on me. I have to brace and shim everything due to severe slant of the floors away from the wall, I'm talking a good three inch gap on a six foot tall cabinet. But now it seems like parts of the floors are dipping and buckling...
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