Will distressed floors snag our socks?

Q: I am in the process of choosing a new unfinished floor. My question is, if I choose a floor that is distressed with saw cut swirls in it will the wood eventually become rough and catch your socks? Continue reading Will distressed floors snag our socks?

Proper underlayment for solid hardwood flooring

Q: I am in the process of buying solid hardwood maple flooring 2 1/4″ with 3/4″ thickness. I have been researching the web and have found numerous opinions, pros and cons on the use of a proper underlayment. Continue reading Proper underlayment for solid hardwood flooring

Weaving new floor into old

Q: I have finished hardwood floors throughout our house. I have a kitchen and living room that I am installing hardwood in, on either side of an already finished room. There is a transition strip now, but we’ll place in the new unfinished hardwood floors. I can’t sand down the entire house and stain and seal it. I want to try weaving in the new floor.

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Prying up pine flooring for salvaging



Q: I’m trying to salvage 3/4″ pine flooring from a house over 100 yrs. old that is scheduled to be razed. The 8 foot planks are nailed onto the joists, which are 12″ apart. Because there is so little space between joists, prying isn’t working well. Any suggestions for a frustrated DIYer? Continue reading Prying up pine flooring for salvaging




Remove the attached underlayment and use my own?



Q: I’m interested in using FloorMuffler or cork as an underlayment but the Pergo 10mm laminates I like happen to have an attached thin foam underlayment already. Should I just remove the attached underlayment and use my own? I’m going for a solid, non-hollow feel and sound. Thanks for your time! Continue reading Remove the attached underlayment and use my own?




Wormholes in #1 common red oak hardwood flooring



Q: Is the presence of multiple wormholes acceptable in #1 common red oak hardwood flooring (up to 39 holes in one 47” plank)?

A: It is a lower grade of wood. The lower the grade, the Continue reading Wormholes in #1 common red oak hardwood flooring




Acacia wood smells?



Q: I have boxes of both Bellawood Ash and Short Leaf Acacia, both 3/4″ prefinished hardwood. The ash, from the US, has virtually no aroma. The acacia, an exotic hardwood, prefinished in China, has a strong aroma which I am attempting to vent. What is the aroma? Could it be just the wood scent, the poly, the aluminum oxide? Or something else? Continue reading Acacia wood smells?