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DEAR TIM: I've got numerous cracked ceramic floor tiles and my wife wants them replaced. I'm very lucky in that the builder and previous owner left extra tile for just this reason I suppose. I've never done this before and feel like a lost ball in the high weeds. Can you guide me through the […]

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Heidi Halvorson had a sewage backup in her Rushford, MN home. Guess what happened to her flooring? "What kind of flooring do you suggest for a basement? We put a laminate board type thing down (suggested by Menards) but had a sewer backup and the flooring is curling around the edges. We need to replace, but […]

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are bearing down on you. When I still was building and remodeling six days a week, I clearly remember how customers wanted me gone and out of their homes during this festive season. The stress level that accompanies turkeys, family, gift giving and parties is already high enough so the dust, plastic […]

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Jane Belanger, who lives in Louisville, KY - just down the Ohio River from Skyline Chili, had good intentions when she took up some carpeting. "What is the easiest way to fill in 1,500 screw holes in hardwood flooring? I removed the wall-to-wall carpeting to  expose a nice hardwood floor except that someone had screwed […]

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Quick Column Summary: Parquet flooring on tile delaminating Organic mastic can't form bond Adhesive chain Joe McGarvey lives in a house in Glenview, IL where the oak parquet flooring is unruly. "My 30-yr, oak parquet floor, adhesively bonded to porcelain tile, has begun to delaminate. What is the best way to stop this delamination?" Joe, […]

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Quick Column Summary: New building upgrades Credit for standard cabinets or flooring Original pricing for cabinets / floors plus price of upgrade Larry Niccum, who now lives in Ogden, UT but is moving west to Mesquite, NV, had a stumper question to a sales rep at a Del Webb community. Here's what Larry sent me: […]

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Quick Column Summary: Reclaimed cedar siding Can you use it for flooring Cedar is too soft for floors Try oak or maple Teresa, from Dove Creek, CO, asked a pithy question about recycling cedar siding. "Does reclaimed cedar siding make a good floor?" Here's my answer: Teresa, cedar is a very soft wood. I'd never […]

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Quick Column Summary: Wood floor wanted for basement Current floor gets condensation in winter Consider vinyl tiles that look like wood They look great Gordon Polson, from Mercer Island, Washington, is remodeling his basement. His wife wants a wood floor, but... There's always a but: "We're finishing our basement floors. My wife favors a wood […]

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Quick Column Summary: Hardwood floor with warped board in the middle Can be replaced but with difficulty Needs professional repair Might be best to leave it alone Tom P. who lives down south, who has the patience of Job, emailed me just before Christmas, 2013: "I have something I need to fix.  We bought our house 2 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Noise block needed in flooring of apartment Use cork Links to noise control columns Anne Sluder, who lives in a condo with noisy neighbors below her in St. Petersburg, Florida, asked me the following question: "What product do you put down under laminate floor to block noise for the unit under you, […]

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