Entire floor is cupping

Q: A few weeks after being installed, an entire floor is cupping. These are Pre-finished, 3/4 inch thick, solid oak strip floors. What’s best way to resolve the problem? Can they be sanded down smooth and re-stained & re-finished? Continue reading Entire floor is cupping

Floors look awful after DIY job

Q: I took my floors down to bare wood.. sanded, stained them dark, and poly-ed 5 coats of water based poly. Now a few months later, my dog has managed to scrape, and scratch the floor with everyday wear, so that now it looks AWFUL! Continue reading Floors look awful after DIY job

Sanding sealer before the poly

Q: I sanded down my hardwood floors and tested a clear oil-based poly which gave it a light, blonde/golden color. I had read that if you are not using stain that you should use a sealer before the poly. Continue reading Sanding sealer before the poly

Varnish remover

Q: Can a stripper be used on oak floors that have had polyurethane finish on them for possibly 50 years or so. I’m trying to just sand it and I was wondering if we could take some of this off with a chemical first. Continue reading Varnish remover

L shape room and laying hardwood

Q: I have a design question. We would like to change our living room and dining room floors from carpet to hardwood. The problem we have is that both rooms are an open concept and form an “L” shape. We are not sure how to lay the hardwood direction wise to obtain a nice look. Continue reading L shape room and laying hardwood

Bubbling between boards after DIY job

Q: About 4 months ago we put down new 3/4″ thick oak flooring (unfinished). We thought we followed the proper procedures the whole way through, but we are very quickly noticing something did not go right. Continue reading Bubbling between boards after DIY job