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Flooring Projects

How To Replace A Ceramic Tile

With a carbide-tipped grout saw, apply firm grout but gentle pressure across the grout until you expose the unglazed edges of the tile. Do not scratch the glazed tile surface. If the grout is stub born, use a hammer and screwdriver to first tap the tile (Step 2).


How To Repair A Carpet Seam

Separate the carpet fibers along the seam with your fingers, so you can clearly see the seam. Use a carpet or utility knife to cut through the seam tape stuck to the underside of the carpet.


How To Patch Resilient Sheet Flooring
Measure the width and length of the dam aged area. Place the new flooring remnant on a surface you don’t mind making some cuts on— like a scrap of plywood. Use a carpenter’s square for cutting guidance.


Deflate air pocket. Use a utility knife to lightly score and then slice through the bulge. This allows air to escape. Extend the cut a little (½) beyond the blister at both ends. If possible, cut along a line in the pat tern to hide the cut.


As a last resort, reattach buckled floorboards to the subfloor by nailing them down (from above the floorboards) with flooring nails. To reduce the risk of the boards splitting, drill pilot holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the nails.



Because small squeaks can be caused by dirt between floor boards or by dryness, dean the floor at least once a week and apply lubricants to areas that tend to be extra dry or squeaky.


Understanding floors

When most of us think of a floor we envision the top layer: in effect, the decorative covering -- hardwood, ceramic tile, laminate, or carpet. The “real” floor is hidden underneath.


Choosing flooring

Today’s homeowner is faced with an extensive range of flooring choices. Selecting the right floor can almost be harder than installing it.


Evaluating floors

Floor coverings wear out faster than other interior surfaces because they get more wear and tear. Surface damage can affect more than just appearance. Scratches in resilient flooring and cracks in grouted tile joints allow moisture to wear away at adhesive, eventually pushing up the floor covering or tile. Hardwood floors lose their Finish and become discolored And loose floorboards squeak. If that problem appears to be minor now, the question is: Clean, repair, or replace?


Problem solving - Cleaning hardwood floor

Immediately dean spills with a dry cloth. Avoid ribbing the spill into the floor. Once the spill is soaked up, use a damp cloth to blot the remaining residue on the floor. Rinse your cloth often and thoroughly wring it out before using it again. Use a d clean cloth to dry the area when you are done. If it is still sticky allow the area to dry and then use a damp mop.


Cleaning carpet

Carpet cleaning machines can be rented by the hour or by the day To deep clean your carpet push the machine forward over a 3-ft. square area, releasing the detergent and rotating the brush. At this time hot water is often used, causing steam. When you pull back, cold water is used as a rinse. Some machines allow you to manually adjust the water temperature. Always be sure to rinse thoroughly Slowly go over the same area a couple of times to work the cleaner into the carpet. Repeat this process until the entire carpet is cleaned. Allow the carpet to dry Vacuum.


Cleaning ceramic tile

Dry mop daily to gently remove particles that could scratch your tile.


Cleaning resilient & laminate floors

Remove tough stains with mineral spirits or household bleach. Wet a rag with the solution, and place it over the stain. Lay a plastic bag over the rag to slow evaporation. Wait 1 to 2 hours, then wipe up the stain. Always test solvents in an inconspicuous area before using them elsewhere on the floor. Bleach may strip the protective finish off the floor, leaving it dull.


Checking a room for square

The biggest problem with an out-of-square 4 room is not knowing about it. If you’re in the dark, then you can’t exercise any of the many strategies to hide the problem. One of the best is simply to identify the least visible wall and use that to absorb all the trouble. A good candidate is the bathroom wall that falls behind the toilet and the vanity. Another is along the tub- You can install the tub so it’s square to the room and fur out the wall behind the tub.


Installing slate floor

Once the slate is laid, as shown here, consider applying a sealer. While doing so is not necessary, coating the floor prevents the grout from staining over time. Apply the sealer with a paintbrush in thin, uniform coats. Most sealers dry in a couple of hours, and two coats should do the trick. Just stay off the floor for 24 hours after the each coat to avoid leaving footprints behind. To maintain the floor, clean it frequently with a solution 0 mild soap and water.


Installing radiant-floor heating

Radiant heat can be used in any room, especially if it is specified when the house is being built. But in the remodeling world, the most popular room for installing radiant heat is unquestionably the bathroom. There is nothing quite like stepping out of the shower onto a warm floor when it’s about 10 degrees out side. In most cases, these systems are used under ceramic tile.


Installing a laminate floor

A typical laminate floor is installed as a floating system. This means that the boards or tiles are glued to one another but not attached to the floor. This allows the flooring to “float” without buckling or cracking as it expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. To create a barrier between the floating floor and the immobile subfloor, you install a foam pad that is about ¼ inch thick.


Installing plywood underlayment

The correct underlayment will make your new flooring stay flat and resist water for many years. But it needs to be installed properly. First prepare the existing floor so that it provides a solid base. Then select an underlayment thickness that will make the new floor match the height of floors in adjoining rooms. Cut the panels to size, and place them on the floor so the joints are staggered. Then attach the panels with screws driven through the underlayment and subfloor, and into the floor joists.


Installing vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl floor tiles come in almost an endless array of colors, patterns, and finishes. But all of these can be categorized into just two basic types: tiles that are laid in adhesive, such as those shown here, and self-sticking tiles that come with protective paper on their sticky side. To lay self-sticking tiles, first thoroughly clean your existing floor; snap some layout chalk lines; then peel off the paper, and press the tile down onto the floor. While there’s no question that self-sticking tiles are easier to in stall, the traditional type, with separate adhesive, is considered by most to yield the more durable installation.


Installing vinyl sheet flooring

Unlike laying vinyl tiles, installing vinyl sheet flooring requires some manipulation of large rolls of material. If you can find a big, open place to work, the job will be easier. Many people use the garage floor.


Installing wood strip flooring

These days, many different wood species are used for flooring, generally as veneers glued over plywood panels. But traditionally, solid maple and oak were used for floors because the wood was so hard and the trees were so plentiful. Solid wood floors may be difficult and time-consuming to install, but they look wonderful and are very durable, often outliving the houses where they were installed.


Laying ceramic floor tile

Ceramic floor tiles come in a wide variety of different shapes and colors. One of the primary differences is whether the tile is glazed or unglazed. The unglazed type shown here is a common choice for both bathrooms and kitchens. The reason is simple: most unglazed tiles provide better traction in wet conditions. To protect them from staining, a sealer is applied every year or two.


How to glue down a splinter

If you still have the splintered piece of wood, but it has been entirely dislodged from the floor, it’s a good bet that the hollowed space left by the splinter has collected a lot of dirt and grime. Combine a 1:3 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dip an old toothbrush into the solution and use it to clean out the hole left in the floor. While you’re at it, wipe down the splinter with the solution, too. Allow the floor and splinter to thoroughly dry.


How to repair a gouge

Repair small holes with wood putty. Use putty that matches the floor color. Force the compound into the hole with a putty knife. Continue to press the putty in this fashion until the depression in the floor is filled. Scrape excess compound from the area. Use a damp, lint-free cloth while the putty is still wet to smooth the top level with the surrounding floor. Allow to dry.


How to fill gaps between joists & floorboards

if there is a gap or movement be the sub floor and joist at the squeak location, tap a tapered wood shim into the gap. First smear it with construction adhesive or wood glue. Squirt some glue into the gap, too.


How to cinch flooring to joists

If you’ve made it this far, the squeak is not caused by a gap between the subfloor and the joist. It’s likely the floorboards have buckled up, creating a gap between the floor and the subfloor. We’re going to drill up through the subfloor and pull the flooring down tight against the subfloor with some wood screws.






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