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  1. M

    Most effective insulation under carpet – above suspended vented wooden floor

    My living room is on ground floor. It has a suspended wooden floor over a large vented cavity (several feet deep). It gets pretty cold in winter. I want to get carpet in this room; both for comfort and to increase the warmth/insulation in the colder months. I’m aware that doing under-floor...
  2. ClearlyIDontKnow

    Flooring advice for a noob

    Hey all, DIY noob here! Second floor flat in a converted house, currently has stripped open floor boards. Right now there is no insulation between the joists, just empty space. I was going to add rockwool, but before I do wanted to check, should there be space between the rockwool and the...
  3. Grahamandcharlie

    Can you put wood dye into varnish

    Hi No sure if this is a good idea to save time but has anybody tried pouring Wood dye into varnish? We are struggling to get the floor colour we want as most turn out to be too yellow or too orange so wondered if anyone has tried mixing 2 wood stains together? Could you then just pour the...
  4. C

    Insulating a bedroom floor from below?!

    Hi all, I have a 1960s bedroom extension above a very cold garage below, in my 1930s semi. Looks like the people who put the bedroom extension in didn't bother insulating the floor... so it's freezing in winter and no doubt massively leaking heat! The bedroom has stripped and polished...
  5. B

    Victorian fireplace hearth - dig out structural cement or just replace cracked screed?

    Not a wizened DIYer so please forgive naivety and incorrect terminology. I have a couple of fireplaces in my ground floor Victorian flat, both with approx. 2cm of old (cracked) screed over approx. 20cm of cement (lots of large stones in this lower mix). This all sits on a rubble filled, brick...
  6. C

    Yikes this wood floor is worse than anticipated!!

    Recently moved into a flat and the owner had warned me that the wood floor wasn't too great so he put carpet over it. I've since removed the carpet as my spouse is adamant on having me restore the wood but I don't know how to make this look good. I've tried using a belt sander and it makes it...
  7. CCoomber

    Best laminate underlay for a wooden floorboard subfloor.

    Hi I plan to install laminate flooring on the first floor of my house. I have removed all carpets and previous underlay and cleaned the floorboards beneath. Due to it being the first floor I’d like a good noise reducing underlay. I am currently torn between 3 options: - Vitrex premier 5mm (screw...
  8. U

    Wood floor installation in garden studio

    We've had a big garden studio built, and in an effort to save money on the escalating costs of having it done out (and because we didn't like any of the laminate options available to us), we opted to finish the flooring ourselves. We want to keep costs down, so are looking to install simple...
  9. 1

    Powdery white block under wooden floor?

    First time poster here looking for some advice! We are taking up a wooden floor over a porch to add insulation in a 1930’s house. Have discovered this under the floor boards and in between the joists in the rafters. Any ideas? We’ve had the artex tested for asbestos which came back negative...
  10. B

    replacing squeaking floor boards - 130mm wide and 18mm depth

    Hello Forum members I hope you are able to help. I have a house built in 1930's and have old floorboards squeaking which I need to replace before new carpets are fitted. The approx size of the current floor boards are 5" (130mm) wide and 18-20mm in depth. I have been looking all around but...
  11. D

    Experience with wooden floors?

    Hi, first post here. We bought a home just two weeks before the pandemic kicked off... about 2 months later we noticed the living room floor can wobble. We viewed the house three times and visited for measurements many times after, we didn’t notice the floor shift once! There was nothing in the...
  12. J

    Can I used chipboard between floor board. Got old plank missing

    As per attached photos. I have to close out my first floor and got some old flooring plank missing. As the 140x18mm are very difficult to find, can I used chipboard instead and cut to size. Is the chipboard strong enough where I have 20mm base support on the half joist? Thanks
  13. M

    Replacing Floorboards: nail gun or hammer?

    We’re in the process of renovating the spare room in our 1970’s house. It’s in the process of being completely re-plastered at the moment. We like the idea of a ‘Nordic’ look with a white oiled or painted floor, and much prefer the look of natural wood floorboards rather than an engineered...
  14. S

    Replacing floorboards between bathroom and landing

    Hello! I am currently renovating my house and have hit a dilemma with some flooring between the bathroom and landing. Please see the image below Bathroom floor / Hallway edge (annotated) by Samkio posted 18 Jul 2019 at 7:33 PM The image above shows the entrance to the bathroom from the...
  15. S

    Patio Window Transition

    Hello I need advice on how to do a patio window to floorboard transition. Please see photo At the top you can see the patio window and at the bottom you can see the rotted floor boards. Between them you can see a concrete (or motar) layer, laid on a DPC membrane. Below the DPC membrane is...
  16. M

    Steps to refurb floor?

    Hi guys, I’m planning on sanding and re-oiling/lacquering my living room floor. It's not in a bad condition but looks like it could do with a good touch up after moving in and plastering etc. I was just looking for some advice on coating and sanding. My plan is to sand the top layer of which...
  17. V

    Repairing squeaking floor boards...

    Hello We had a new central heating system installed last year, but ever since the floor boards have squeaked upstairs where they were lifted to install the new piping. To lift the boards the gas engineer cut through the tongue and groove with a circular saw and then prised them up with a...
  18. O

    Use carcassing as floorboards

    Anyone done this? My local timber merchants are doing 22 x 150 sawn treated at a decent price, I've been using it for a lashup (fixing to bowed and dropped joists to give me a level ish structure to support a floor) - the original plan was to use 22mm T & G chipboard (which I loathe but it is a...
  19. P

    Replacing 170 Year-old Floorboards - Planer/Thicknesser?

    Hi, I need to replace some badly damaged floorboards in two of my bedrooms. The house is 170 years old and the boards are original. I would like to scour the reclamation yards to find something appropriate but that would take too long, the sizes are probably impossible to match exactly and most...
  20. M

    Guys need your advice ! flooring advice please. Lady project

    Hi Guys, :(:( Currently wanting to relay a new laminate flooring on the upstairs bedrooms, have stripped the old laminate flooring to the floorboards which I have fixed, some were creaking which I have now screwed back into the joint timber, however I would like surface to be flat and level...
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