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    Where is this damp smell coming from?

    I had a damp issue a while ago which has dried up. It left an large ugly discolouration in the corner of the room. Worker came and put a sealent over it. Most of the smell/toxins went. However when I go to that corner of the room I can still sense a nasty smell and it starts making me...
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    How to temporarily cover toxic dried damp wall?

    I had a dampness appear in a corner of one of my rooms. I wasn't using the room so its been months now and it has become dry. However the damage is visible and it is still gassing off toxins. Repair guy came and put sealant over it however I notice little black dots are still in some places...
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    General questions on laminate and tiling subfloor

    Hi I have a medical condition and am highly sensitive to chemicals, fumes etc. I am thinking of putting some used laminate down and if I react to it, then I'll probably replace it with tiles. I currently have floorboards which are quite uneven. If I put laminate: 1) Should I put...
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    Can you put hardbord on fibreboard for better insulation?

    I currently have floorboards with 6mm fibreboard on top with laminate on top of that. I want to change to vinyl flooring. 1. Can I keep the fibreboard, put hardboard on top and then put the vinyl. Will this work and will it create better insulation then hardboard and vinyl only? 2...
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    Might new wood smell be toxic?

    I have just laid a new flooring down and all seems to be well bar the fact that the new floor height keeps causing the door to get trapped. I am worried that if I saw under the door, I might react to the smell of the new wood(I have multiple chemical sensitivities). The particular door is a...
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    Is hardboard underlay for vinyl ok?

    Just moved into a flat and want to put some vinyl flooring down. The existing floor is just floorboards in horrible condition e.g. holes, cracks here and there although the seem to be flat I mean nothing sticking out by or uneven by a a centimerter. In many places I read that one should put...
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    Does floorboard restoration/painting leave fine saw dust?

    I recently laminated and this has left the smell of fine saw dust everywhere. It will take time for it to go however I am sensitive to a room full of fine saw dust. I am thinking that since most of the fine saw dust is on the floor, if one paints over it the paint will seal/stick most of...
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    Can you make a floor using grout?

    Just wondering since it can go in between tiles, can you make any type of floor with it? My new floor is blocking the door from opening and I dont want to saw the door. I am also sensitive to most types of flooring. For this reason I am thinking maybe I can just put low level of grout infront...
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    Is Duct tape mixed with water toxic?

    I am sensitive to many synthetic and organic chemicals in the environment. My landlord painted the Porsche outside my window and I was reacting to it so I covered it in duct tape. It stopped the emission and has been working for me although the rain does cause the tape to come up somewhat...
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    Is it saw dust and how to get rid of it after laminating?

    I have a medical condition and am highly sensitive to synthetic and organic fumes. I cannot tolerate smells(toxins) from new carpets, varnishes, vinyl, paint etc. I also react to dust in older carpets. I got some second hand laminate(so there would be no smell) and have laid that down as it...
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    How to stop paint fumes from coming into room

    Hi I have multiple chemical sensitivities and have a bit of a situation. Basically I live in a flat and the 'inside' of my flat is friendly with me. However recently without my knowing some painters came and just painted the little block surface underneath my windows. As a result if I open...
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    How to deal with floor to door levelling

    I am thinking of putting some click type solid wood down however most of these are quite thick e.g. 1-2cm thick. When I put the undelay board and the wood down I will not be able to open the door in my room. I guess my options to sort the door problem are as follows: A) Saw the bottom part...
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    Are my floorboard still giving off dust?

    I have a dust allergy and decided I will throw my carpets away and restore my floorboards. After throwing it away I gave it the floorboards a scrape, hoovered it and wiped them down. These boards are really old btw and still have paint marks, blacks stains and other such stuff on them...
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    How to temporarily fill floarboards gaps to prevent draught?

    I am going to be restoring my floorboards but not until 2 months from now. Don't ask me why. I have a severe dust allergy and absolutely need to cover my floorboard gaps in the meantime using ideally non toxic material and hopefully something cheap and temporary. Aesthetic doesn't matter at...
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    Advice on flooring over my uneven floorbaords

    Hi I am a about to put some new flooring down. I currently have uneven floorbaords. 1. If I am to put laminate, will a laminate underlay be sufficient to negate the bad effects of the uneven floorbaords? 2. If I use vynil, I take it I must use 6mm plywood underneath the vynil? Also do I...
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    Using second hand wood laminates

    I bought some second hand 3 year old wood laminates which were apparently previously used in an office block. I noticed a smell coming form them when I left them standing, perhaps the back side of the boards which were causing me and my friends diziness. I clicked a few together on the floor...
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    Does it matter how laminates are aligned other then asthetic

    I notice in most pictures laminates are aligned where after the first plank is placed as normal, then the next coloumn will have half a plank with another full plank underneath it, then the next coloumn has a normal plank like the first. I am guessing these is for aesthetic reasons. If you...
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    Advice on flooring over my uneven floorbaords

    Hi I am a about to put some new flooring down. I currently have uneven floorbaords. 1. If I am to put laminate, will a laminate underlay be sufficient to negate the bad effects of the uneven floorbaords? 2. If I use vynil, I take it I must use 6mm plywood underneath the vynil...
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    How to go about toxic free wooden flooring?

    I just threw my carpet out due to dust allergy however upon placing a new one, i was reacting severly to the adhesive in the carpeting. I have decided to restore my floorboards or do laminating. I have a few questions: 1. some of the adhesive for the carpet was sprayed on the floorbaords...
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    Does addingplywood between uneven floorbaords and lino work?

    I have uneven floorbaords and as thinking of adding lino. I was told you cannot add lino to an uneven surface and I would have to add plywood inbetween. Even if you do add layers of plywood, since the base underneath it would be uneven, would this work properly? If people are stepping on it...
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