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How to Lay Floor Tile for a Floor Drain When the Floor Slopes
by LookBehindYou in Home & Garden
When tiling an area with a drain system, it is important to maintain the original slope of the floor to enable proper drainage. If water penetrates the tile shower floor, the sloped base below the tile will direct the flow to the drain. The typical slope for a drain area will be 1/4 inch per foot. You can easily tile a sloped floor in one day, but preparing the area will take some time. It's impor

Is a Cement Floor or Floor Joists More Cost-Effective in House Construction?
by Belgium in Home & Garden
Cement floors and wood joists are the two primary options for foundational work in home construction. The two can be used together: a concrete foundation is poured that supports the beams and joists. However, it’s one or the other for the subfloor. The kitchen typically uses wooden joists, while a garage uses a cement floor. If can pick one of these options, the price depends on location and

Hard Floor Cleaners, Vacuums & Floor Care in Home & Appliances
by jrf in Home & Garden
Walk into the appliance department of any store, and you'll find a vast array of equipment designed to keep your floors and other surfaces in your home spotlessly clean and in top condition. Filling your hall closet with these items would be very expensive, so establish exactly what appliances you need to ensure you do not waste any money or storage space. An Efficient Vacuum CleanerAn efficien

How to Lay Ceramic Floor Tile in a Utility Room Floor With a Dished Drain
by Pradeep Gowda in Home & Garden
Laying a ceramic floor in a utility room that contains a drain is the same process as tiling the floor of the shower. You tile floor all around the drain first, then use a cardboard template to trace the proper shape and size of the drain onto the tiles, and cut the tiles on a tile saw, usually a wet saw. Make sure to rent a saw that can cut curves.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll

How to Install Ceramic Floor Tile on a Soft Mobile Home Floor
by jald in Home & Garden
When it comes to laying tile floors, you must have a stable surface on which to install the tile. If you attempt to install tile over an uneven or weak floor, such as a soft mobile home floor, the lack of support from beneath will cause the tiles to eventually crack when you walk on them. To prevent tiles from breaking after installation, you should lay an appropriate underlay over the soft floor

How to Install an Anchored Hardwood Floor on a Concrete Basement Floor
by Sergio Rudenko in Home & Garden
If you're planning to finish the concrete basement in your home for use as additional living space, you have the same flooring options that were available to you upstairs. But because of condensation issues, hardwood shouldn't be anchored directly to concrete. Instead, you must build a joist system over the concrete to create space between the floor and the hardwood.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructi

How to Prepare a Floor Surface With Luan for Vinyl Floor Covering
by Kagee in Home & Garden
Luan, also known as Philippine mahogany, is a soft wood usually found in 1/4-inch thick sheets. Used as an underlayment for vinyl atop hardwood or tiled floors, luan provides a smooth, level surface that prevents imperfections in the subfloor from telegraphing through thin vinyl, marring the look of the vinyl after installation. There are better substances for use as an underlayment for your vinyl

High-Pressure Inflatable Air Floor Vs. Wooden or Aluminum Floor
by Scott Walsh in Home & Garden
Inflatable boats offer all the benefits of owning a boat while eliminating the need for a permanent parking and storage space for your vessel. When it comes to purchasing an inflatable boat, you have numerous decisions to make, including the type of floor you want. Floor types include high-pressure inflatable air floors, wooden floors and aluminum floors. The differences between these floor types

How to Paint a Summery Floor Cloth for Your Newly Finished Floor
by billputer in Home & Garden
Floor cloths are cool underfoot, making them ideal for summer's warm temperatures. They don't trap allergens like traditional rugs, and their maintenance involves only a broom and a mop. Painting your own summery floor cloth puts you in charge of the finished product; recreate a patten you like or design one unlike any you've seen before. When laying out your finished creation, be aware that the c

How to Make a Level Transition Between a Laminate Floor & a Tile Floor
by iamwiz82 in Home & Garden
While there are many moldings for making smooth transitions between laminate and other flooring types, most are designed for floors that are level or lie lower than the laminate. When laminate butts up to ceramic tile, the ceramic floor is often 5/8 inch higher, so typical moldings won't work. If it happens the two floors are level, installing a "T" molding into a metal track and leaving room for

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