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I don't know that you can. Floating floors...

I don't know that you can. Floating floors require expansion space around the entire perimeter, so transition pieces normally "lip over" the edge of the flooring to accomodate that space. It is not...
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It is ultimately your call, but I would advise...

It is ultimately your call, but I would advise correcting the subfloor, especially if it is in an area that does get traffic. That much deflection is an extreme amount for a floating floor, and over...
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I always use a baby threshold. Leave your...

I always use a baby threshold. Leave your expansion space + space for the stem of the baby threshold, then install the baby threshold flush to the metal threshold. If the flooring manufacturer...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Typically, gypcrete is not suitable for a...

Typically, gypcrete is not suitable for a glue-down hardwood installation. Unless you can verify the density of the gypcrete and make sure it will hold up to the shear strength of the adhesive being...
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What type of adhesive are you using, and what is...

What type of adhesive are you using, and what is the substrate? 5/16" solid flooring is very susceptible to "cupping, which is what it sounds like you are describing. Cupping gives the floor a wavy,...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Perfectly fine. You can float a floor over any...

Perfectly fine. You can float a floor over any flat and sound substrate (plywood,concrete,osb,particle board, tile, hardwood, etc., etc. , etc.). Just be diligent in checking the flatness of the slab...
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Insulation isn't typically necessary, but you do...

Insulation isn't typically necessary, but you do need to make sure that the ground in the crawl space is completely covered by 6 or 8 mil black poly and that you have adequate cross-ventilation (1.5...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

You said this is a laminate floor...I hate to...

You said this is a laminate floor...I hate to assume, but typically laminate floors are installed as floating floors...is this floor floated? If so, the likely cause is the cabinet you've installed...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Not all Bamboo floors have to be...

Not all Bamboo floors have to be floated....glue-down installations are quite common. Your issue is likely caused by one of two possibilities.

First of all, you're on terrazzo, so cleaning and...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Just an FYI for anyone reading the thread. If you...

Just an FYI for anyone reading the thread. If you MUST use tape on hardwood floors, only use 3M/Scotchguard #2080 for Delicate Surfaces.....it's the one with the orange core, and the only one they...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

If you are using fasteners 1 1/2" or longer, the...

If you are using fasteners 1 1/2" or longer, the subfloor needs to be flat to 1/4" per 10' or 3/16" per 6'.
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Posted By tn.floorguy

I would agree...I would hold off on doing floors...

I would agree...I would hold off on doing floors as long as possible. And if you "must" do them now, do NOT cover them with vinyl or any other synthetic covering. If it must be covered, use...
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You need to look again into having it...

You need to look again into having it professionally screened and recoated....$3.50 a s/f is way out of line for a recoat...I think you are referring to a full sand and finish. A recoat involves...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Do yourself a favor and leave it alone....if you...

Do yourself a favor and leave it alone....if you start attempting to touch up the floor everytime it scratches, you're going to have a mess. Wood floors will dent, ding, and scratch, and that's part...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

You know it's a bad idea already, so don't be...

You know it's a bad idea already, so don't be upset when you get advice that you don't like.

You can't skimp on fasteners, especially with PB as the subfloor. You can't glue to it and get a...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Plywood will be the easiest, and as long as the...

Plywood will be the easiest, and as long as the floor is sufficiently flat, it doesn't have to fit perfectly...just avoid any large gaps between the vinyl and the plywood. One thing that may be a...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

My first suggestion would be to quit listening to...

My first suggestion would be to quit listening to whoever is giving you that advice. lol.

A plastic vapor barrier is not required on a plywood subfloor, but tar paper (asphalt saturated felt...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

If I'm not mistaken, pergo presto was made...

If I'm not mistaken, pergo presto was made exclusively for Home Depot, and all the sku's should interlock with one another.

If you're doing individual plank replacements, it's not that important...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

FYI, red rosin paper is not recommended as an...

FYI, red rosin paper is not recommended as an underlayment for nail down floors by the NWFA nor manufacturers. 15# asphalt saturated felt should be used...it provides some protection against vapor...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

By exposed edges, I'm assuming you mean at the...

By exposed edges, I'm assuming you mean at the perimeter of the room, in the expansion space?

That is only necessary when installing in wet areas such as kitchens and baths. There's no need to do...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

The opposite....60% of the floor will be made up...

The opposite....60% of the floor will be made up by the 5" width, 40% by the 3 1/4". Flip flop your s/f for each one.

If you combine the 2 widths into a single row, that row is
8.25" wide. To...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Never been a big fan of ordering online. Would...

Never been a big fan of ordering online. Would highly recommend visiting several local retailers/dealers and speak to someone in person, where you can SEE and TOUCH samples and compare products in...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Install the stairnose provided by the...

Install the stairnose provided by the manufacturer, then rip a piece of the flooring to the width needed, use it as a fascia below the stairnose.
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Not to be rude, but I'm not sure why people ask...

Not to be rude, but I'm not sure why people ask for input from experienced professionals, and then don't take it. You spent 40 hours on this project....so why not do it right? I'm not quite sure what...
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Posted By tn.floorguy

Hugh, if you're looking to install a solid...

Hugh, if you're looking to install a solid hardwood over the existing hardwood, industry standard is to lay 1/2" plywood first.

You could try to install directly and run the two floors in...
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