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Marc Bartolomeo shows how to install a beautiful engineered hardwood floor. This video is part of Kitchen Impossible show hosted by Marc Bartolomeo . SHOW DESCRIPTION :When it comes to kitchens, homeowners often end up overwhelmed, out of money and frustrated with the renovation process. On Kitchen Impossible, contractor Marc Bartolomeo helps discouraged homeowners transform their terrible kitchens into sparkling new spaces.

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Recoating a Hardwood Floor

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This is an example of a recoat of an antique Southern Heart Pine hardwood floor. Recoating is a cheaper option to sanding and refinishing your hardwood floor. Having said this, keep in mind that not all floors can be recoated. The type of surface finish that is currently on your floor, floor board servicability and expectations are all factors that play into the decision of recoating. A recoated floor will NOT look like a refinished floor. A recoat will apply a new “top coat” of finish on your floor and should get you another 2-5 years before requiring a refinish.

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Removing the Stair Nose for Hardwood Installation

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The best way I have found to remove sub-floor stair nosings for hardwood or laminate floor installation.

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Perpetual Groove – Teakwood Betz (Pt.1) – 12/04/2009

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Perpetual Groove – Teakwood Betz (Pt.1)
12/04/2009
State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
Shot By Wasian Style
Total Time: 00:00 – 26:23
Pt.1: 00:00 – 09:10

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How dusty is refinishing hardwood floors?

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I am planning on having my hardwood floors refinished and I keep hearing horror stories from coworkers who’ve had their floors redone. They went through the process 10+ years ago and I am not sure if things have changed. I will be living in the house while it’s being done (with the exception of a couple of days) and am wondering what to expect. Will I be dusting for months just to get it under control? Will I have to clean off the walls because dust has settled on the wall texture (yes, I’ve gotten that story!)? Any information or recent personal experiences you can offer would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Face it girl Your house will get dust all over. No matter if the contractor uses vac bags or not. No matter if he/she closes off the bottoms of the doorways with towels or rags. You will be cleaning dust for days!!!!! It can’t be avoided. Just as a messy kitchen can’t be avoided if you are gonna cook Thanksgiving dinner. I have been through this a few times. First off there was no bags no vac no prep for the mess, next time I insisted in the Vac bags rags, at doorways, and extra men cleaning as the lead man was sanding. It doesn’t matter, the dust will get out and about. It will minimize the damage but if you got to dust everything it doesn’t matter if the dust is just a tiny bit you still got to clean it right? And off of everything.
Just be prepared, Wrap valuables with plastic, cover furniture with sheets, and have plenty of bags for your Hoover!!!!And believe me You will have to clean dust off of everything more than once. I used a gas powered blower to get the fisrt inch of dust out, opened all the windows and doors and cranked up the ole homelite.

Remodeling — getting wood floors — should I do solid or engineered wood flooring?

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One thing to remember is if you use the sand and finish type wood flooring, you will have to live with the dust and inconvenience of the loss of using the room for several days. I would still recommend the sand and finish flooring if you can deal with the hassle of the dust etc. Now, one thing that others haven’t mentioned is the fact that most engineered flooring comes with a 20-25 year warranty on the finish. Check and see, because if you don’t want to have to bother re-doing your flooring for a long time, you might want to invest in the engineered flooring but to me, it looks "fake". Not really like laminate but I just don’t like the pre-finished OR the engineered floors, but you have to make that call depending on your financial situation as well as the inconvenience you’re willing to experience. Also be sure when you pick out your flooring, if you DO use the engineered or pre-finished, look at the space between the boards……some have a deeper groove which, to me, would catch dirt.
In a sand and finish floor, of course there is no groove, so that is also a plus. (another thing to remember is, if you really want something pretty that will be unusual, do something in the exotic woods instead of the oak that everyone does. While oak is nice, it’s so blase. Almost everyone has oak and while it’s less expensive, if you shop around, you might be able to get a good deal on an exotic hardwood, such as Brazilian Cherry, which is what I have. It is the first thing people notice when they walk in!!!) So, think about that as well and have fun doing this. Good luck to you!!!!!!!

Is it okay to use solid wood floor in my lower ground floor flat?

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I have read that below grade (ground) level, solid wood floors are not advisable due to fluctuations in moisture levels & humidity. Instead, it is recommended that you use engineered real wood flooring, which will not expand or contract as solid wood might.

In the room in which I want to install wood floor, only one wall is below ground. Is it okay to install solid wood, or will moisure levels still be too high and unpredictable?

If the floor is considered below grade you pretty much have to go with an engineered wood floor. Its not worth the worry and trouble to put a solid wood floor in a place where there may be problems.

Waxing Engineered Wood Floor?

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Is Ok to wax engineered wood floor?

Yes you can "maintain" an engineered hardwood floor. Check the link for all the correct procedures.

I said "maintain"…does not imply waxing.

Maintaining engineered flooring
Keeping up with your hardwood flooring is pretty easy.

Sweep, vacuum, or use a dust mop every day or so.
Clean spills immediately and make sure the surface is dry.
Place a door mat on both side of exterior doors to pick up as much debris. It cuts down on dirt throughout the house.
Damp mopping is discouraged, but if you must, use a mop that is just barely damp and be sure that no water remains on the floor when you’re done.
Recoat floors to prevent wear to the veneer. If you keep up with them, your floors will be fine for a long time and refinishing won’t be an issue.
Train people to take off their shoes when they come and go. It will cut down on wear and be easier to keep the house clean too.
Make sure dogs have their nails clipped otherwise expect extra wear and unnecessary dings.

http://www.fastfloors.com/article_90/Hardwood-Floor-Care-and-Maintenance.htm

What do you like better: real wood flooring or laminate?

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There is nothing like real wood!
However, you need to take into
consideration your "lifestyle".

If you have little children………..
Laminate might be the best choice!
Also if you have pets…
Laminate might be your best option!

Unless you are expecting a lot of…
Pet accidents…
(and anything that could damage the
floor opt for the laminate)!!!

Wood is still the best unless you have
anything to damage it or scratch it up!!!

Hardwood floor installation over stairs, install over current steps or remove current steps?

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I would like to upgrade our stairs to match our 3/4 " hardwood floors, I researched in the web were some methods involved removing current carpet and steps and others were you install on top of it. I’m planning to use 1" pre-finished standard size stair treads and stair risers. how would I determine which method to go with? it would look to me that adding an inch to the steps would make them higher to step on.
Yes I meant to say that both methods involve removing carpet and padding, Which one will be easiest?
yes i am buying stair treads and risers to match my floor. treads the 1" x 36". It looks the current steps under the carpet are 3/4 construction plywood. thanks

I’m a carpenter & joiner and if you change the height of the rise than what it was before you mess with it, this will be deemed to be illegal, I know this means little to most people.

But I’ll tell you what could be the result, if your kids have a friend come for a sleepover and one trips on a legal set of stairs they will sue and the insurance will pay, if it is illegal the insurance won’t pay and you’ll lose you house!

What ever you do, just get it back to the dimension to what the rise were before any work done regardless of any extra work it may involve.