Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?

Q: Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring? It says it’s for 3/4′ floors. Or should I use one with an adjustable plate like the Powernailer? Continue reading Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?

Foam pad toxic; removal dangerous?

Q: We are replacing our laminate in the kitchen. The boards are coming up fine. But between the boards and old vinyl is a silver barrier with a Styrofoam like backing. How do I know if scraping this off the vinyl is releasing any toxins? We have 2 children and two cats. Continue reading Foam pad toxic; removal dangerous?

Does it need to be professionally redone?

Q: I took 20-year-old carpeting up and have 80-year-old pine floors underneath. I sanded with a machine and sandpaper recommended by a local home store, then stained with a stain recommended by another store (only one coat, and nothing else applied). The sander left marks on the floor from its wheels, and never did sand all the old dark stain off. Continue reading Does it need to be professionally redone?

Splotchy DIY stain job

Q: I recently sanded and stained the floors in my recently purchased house. I have red oak flooring, and really like the way the hall and bedrooms turned out. However, in the living room there are splotchy areas. They tend to be really light like they didn’t take the stain. Is there any way to even out the floor despite the stains? Continue reading Splotchy DIY stain job

Should the sanding option only be done by a professional?

Q: I removed two layers of very old linoleum flooring (over an oak floor) in a seven by twelve foot kitchen. Used Contractors Solvent to remove black mastic adhesive and paper residue with wide scrapper. Continue reading Should the sanding option only be done by a professional?