1. R

    Beading alternative for kitchen units?

    Hi, We’ve just had a new kitchen installed, but aren’t sure the best route forward in terms of beading. This has been our first project so we have unfortunately learnt a lot of things too late. We ended up getting the flooring (laminate) put in after the kitchen was fitted, but the fitter has...
  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. G

    Bathroom Ply Subfloor and Tiles

    Hello all, Installing a new bathroom on a timber suspended floor, whilst attempting to get the final floor level as low as possible, and very confused about what I can tile on to! I had imagined I could replace the existing floorboards with 18mm Ply straight onto the joists, and tile directly...
  4. M

    tiling around a kitchen island

    I'm planning on putting in a kitchen island that sits on a tiled rectangle. My plan was to install the island cabinets, tile around these then install the end panels and plinths. I don't have enough tiles to tile the whole rectangle. Does that sound like it will work ok? Thanks
  5. M

    engineered wood kitchen floor after cabinets

    I'm planning on laying an engineered wood herringbone floor in my kitchen. The cabinets are not being removed but the doors, plinths, end panels, etc are being replaced. My plan is to remove the plinths and end panels and lay the flooring up to the feet of the cabinets and then install the new...
  6. K

    Convert downstairs bathroom back to utility?

    Hi all I am wanting to convert our downstairs bathroom (previous owners had council conversion due to immobility) back to a utility room. It has a kind of wet room floor and a large double shower tray that was in a walk in shower. The shower has been removed and for a quick fix we had our...
  7. L

    Spongy Laminate Flooring

    Hi, thanks for viewing my post. I've laid down laminate flooring on a uneven subfloor. (sub floor, Underlay, laminate) its become spongy (all over) and we can hear the floorboard while walking on them. like a boom of air when stepped on. I know now that an uneven floor would do something like...
  8. N

    Concrete floors and cavity

    Hi, I am trying to better understand the flooring in my home and hope some expert advice will clear things up. I have dug down the side of my Edwardian house that was covered with pebbles and found the air bricks way below ground level. My internal floors are concrete and means I wouldn't...
  9. G

    What flooring should I use in damp area ?

    My porch floor is particleboard which is sopping wet, rotten. it is tiled on top. I need to replace it asap , I'm not sure why it's so wet. Maybe I need to treat the joists too ? If so what with ? What's the most water resistant ? Should I replace with wooden floorboard ? Marine ply ? Water...
  10. R

    What is strip wood flooring?

    I'm looking to get real wood flooring to lay over a chipboard sub floor. A neighbour has "strip wood" flooring which he says is thin strips of wood glued to a screed that is poured over the chipboard subfloor, much cheaper than engineered wood apparently. I can't find anything much using google...
  11. A

    Carpet tiles over old floorboards

    I'm looking to replace our carpet in our makeshift home office with carpet tiles, however, the floorboards are old, warped and uneven. If I ply line the floor do I need to leave an expansion gap around the skirting? If so, what's the recommended gap? Also what size ply would people recommend...
  12. M

    10mm or 14mm hard wood flooring

    I have the option to buy a herringbone wood floor I have seen in two thickness options 10mm or 14mm (about £150 more). Which would be better? Most likely I will be doing a floating fit, tongue and groove, as it has 2 underlays (duralay and sound proof vinyl).
  13. 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...
  14. S

    Chipboard over wet UFH?

    Hi, Midway through refurb with some heating concerns. I’ve had UFH put in. Part of downstairs is concrete, insulation with screed over UFH. Nice and hot. However, 75% of downstairs is joisted. I was worried by builder and plumbers plans to put UFH in here. They’ve put insulation between...
  15. Amped

    Old glue coming through the cushion floor / vinyl floor

    Some 30 odd years ago a strong adhesive was used to stick down vinyl flooring in our kitchen, this adhesive is still present and is now drawn up through any new cushion flooring or vinyl flooring we put down. The floor doesn't become tacky, but it does become ugly and stained as the old glue...
  16. D

    Edge trim for click vinyl

    Am putting in 18mm ply with 8mm click vinyl surface, looking for an 8mm edge trim to go along the btm of this sliding door, just under the window frame btm, it's a bit tight for clearance at the right hand end but gets better to the left. Reveal is 2525 skim to skim. There is a 2.5m Dial 8mm...
  17. P

    How to remove grout from floor

    Hi, I've spent the last week taking up old floor tiles in my kitchen, about 100 in total. It was a really tough job as they were impossible to get up. I hired a medium breaker to help with the job. I now have old adhesive at various levels across the kitchen. What is the most efficient way to...
  18. T

    Vapour barrier under laminate enough?

    Hi, I recently bought a 3 bed built in 1960. I started gutting the place and pulled up what I now know to be Marley tiles. What I’m being told is I’ve essentially removed the dpm. I’m wondering if using a vapour barrier under my new laminate will be sufficient or is it more serious? Any help...
  19. N

    110mm to sink waste

    Hi all, I'm about to lay the 110mm soil pipe needed to route my kitchen sink, washing machine etc. to the main drain, before pouring the slab for the base of my new floor. I was planning on having bends vertically up through the slab in order to connect to 40mm waste pipe etc. Would welcome...
  20. J

    Can you have painted floorboards with UFH?

    We have painted floorboards throughout our victorian terraced house. We are planning an extension which will make the back of the house a very large open plan space (roughly 7m x 7m). Without much available wall space for radiators, UFH looks like the best way to heat it. I've noted that there...