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How To: Make Your Own Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Whether newly installed or more than a hundred years old, hardwood floors are a striking feature in many homes. Wood ...
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How To: Clean Marble Floors
There’s nothing more elegant than marble, a timeless material available in a variety of colors and veining styles tha...
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5 Types of Tile Worth Considering in Your Next Renovation
Walk into a home improvement store on a mission to renovate your kitchen or bath, and you may find yourself overwhelm...
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How To: Remove Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has been a popular floor choice since its invention in the late ’70s. With a typical lifespan of 15...
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5 Reasons to Bring Brick Floors Indoors
Brick, the hard-working earthen blocks basic to so many structures, is becoming a trendy flooring option for high-tra...
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Video: Here's How You're Ruining Your Wood Floors
When it comes to floors, carpet is no longer king. Today it's all about hardwood flooring—timeless, classic, and clea...
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Tongue and Groove Flooring 101
Plank flooring has come a long way from the frontier days when rough-hewn boards were nailed to floor joists, resulti...
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New Floors? 5 Top Hardwood Options to Know
One of the oldest flooring materials is still among the most desirable. Whether your style is classic, contemporary, ...
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Solved! The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors
Q: I never gave much thought to cleaning my cherry wood floor until I noticed how dingy it had become! What's the bes...
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Porcelain or Ceramic: Which Tile Type Is Right for You?
When considering a tile refresh for any floor, wall, or countertop, keep porcelain and ceramic tiles top of mind for ...
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The Secret to a Warmer, Drier, Faster Finished Basement
This article has been brought to you by Amvic Building System, who provided BobVila. com with a complimentary product...
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Solved! The Best Flooring for Dogs
Q: I’m considering a complete overhaul of the floors in my home, but I'll need something that stands up over time to ...
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Video: How to Clean Vinyl Flooring
Beloved for their economy and durability, vinyl and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring types avai...
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All You Need to Know About Terrazzo Floors
If you’re in the market for durable, low-maintenance flooring in a basement, on a patio, or anywhere else you have a ...
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9 Sneaky Ways to Get New Floors for Under $50
Some people hate their floors and long for a new look. Others love theirs but can't abide their minor imperfections: a scratch, dent, or loose tile. Whatever your...
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7 Ways to Tackle Spring Cleaning with Vinegar
For homeowners who appreciate all natural ingredients and saving money on household necessities, baking soda and vine...
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8 Surprising Reasons to Bring Concrete Indoors
If you thought concrete was just for sidewalks, think again. This DIY-friendly material is rapidly finding its way into homes and offices, bringing with it limitl...
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How To: Mix and Use Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner
Wood floors add beauty and warmth to any home, but they do demand special care. Though there are plenty of commercial...
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All You Need to Know About Painting Tile Floors
Decorative tile floors can add an element of elegance to a hum-drum living space, but often for a pretty penny. In or...
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Solved! Yes, You Can Tile Over Tile
Q: I want to re-tile my floor, but I'd rather not go through the hassle of ripping up the existing flooring first. Ca...
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How To: Fix a Squeaky Floor
No matter how quietly you traipse through your home late at night, a squeaky floor will always trip you up and announ...
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How To: Clean Bamboo Flooring
Thanks to a harvest time of as little as five years, bamboo is an environmentally sustainable, increasingly popular f...
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All You Need to Know About Plywood Floors
Once reserved for subfloors and sheathing, construction-grade plywood is now making a splash as affordable residentia...
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How To: Clean a Shag Rug
Shag rugs are enjoying a resurgence, thanks to their groovy textured looks and comfy feel underfoot. The potential bu...
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Your Guide to Reviving a Tired Garage Floor
As one of the strongest, most durable, and longest-lasting construction materials, it's no wonder why concrete is the...
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Bob Vila Radio: 4 Ways to Fix Scratched Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring adds beauty to your home, and it's durable enough to last a lifetime (or more). But that's not to s...
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Enter Bob Vila’s 3rd Annual Fall Flooring Give-Away Today!
Fall is the season of change. Leaves turn color, the temperature drops, and we slowly start retreating indoors for wi...
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6 Rock-Solid Reasons to Pick Concrete Flooring
Concrete has long been a favorite choice for hardscaping features like driveways and walkways, porch stairs and patios. After all, few things on Earth are as toug...
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All You Need to Know About Slate Floors
Natural texture, super strength, stain resistance, and blend of vibrant hues are all reasons that slate tile—the thin...
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How To: Clean Ceramic Tile
It’s hard to beat ceramic tile for beauty, versatility, and durability. Perfect for bathroom, kitchen, even entryway ...
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3 Steps to Prepare a Room for Hardwood Flooring
Careful preparation is key to the successful installation of hardwood flooring. If you fail to get the subfloor clean...
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How To: Stretch Carpet
Even the nicest wall-to-wall carpeting can start to buckle, ripple, or wrinkle over time when it loosens and lifts fr...
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How To: Remove Linoleum
Linoleum is a classic and resilient material, often found in high-traffic spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallwa...
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Hardwood or Laminate: Which Is the Right Flooring for You?
Whatever your home's style may be, flooring is quite literally its foundation—and often the first design element visi...
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How To: Clean a Wool Rug
Wool rugs in a home appeal to several senses: Their vibrant colors and patterns improve the look of any space, while ...
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How To: Clean Linoleum Floors
Linoleum has been a practical flooring option for more than 100 years. While it fell out of fashion in the late 1940s...
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How To: Remove Candle Wax from Any Surface
No matter their placement—on the mantel, beside the bathtub, or on the dining table—lit candles instantly create an a...
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All You Need to Know About Paper Bag Flooring
Is your old flooring carpeted in style— or in dirt, grime, and other relics of time? Modernize it by ripping out any ...
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How To: Stain Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring offers rich, warm, timeless beauty, and can even favorably affect the resale value of your home. Wi...
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3 Fixes for Ink Stains
DIYers usually welcome a sudden burst of artistic creativity—except when it means their pen goes awry, leaving a splo...
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Walk This Way: Expert Advice on 3 Top Options in Flooring
Floors are the unsung heroes of our homes, at once establishing the look of a space even while taking a beating under...
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The Smarter Way to Mop Your Floors
You've just grabbed the mop to clear up a spill or wipe away the day-to-day dirt, but will you actually make your flo...
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How To: Paint a Garage Floor
Part-time workshop, storage center for outdoor equipment, shelter for the family cars—the garage is a do-it-all space...
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Enter Bob Vila's 2nd Annual Fall Flooring Give-Away Today!
Fall marks the beginning of shorter days, colorful leaves, and crisp temperatures, but it also marks a season of quie...
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The 7 Best Low-Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring
Are your floors scratched, worn, or out of style? In the past, there weren’t many affordable alternative to pricy hardwood floors. Today, though, budget options a...
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7 Unusual Tricks for Your Cleanest Floors Ever
There’s no way around it. Whether you’ve got hardwood, tile, or carpet, all floors must be cleaned of dirt and debris tracked in from outside. But this traditiona...
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Bob Vila Radio: Use a Hairdryer to Fix Torn Vinyl Flooring
If your vinyl flooring (or linoleum) has developed a tear, don't despair! There's an easy—and yes, rather unexpected ...
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7 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Wood Floors
One of the most important (and overlooked) elements of any home? The floors. Hardwood floors add warmth and character to any space, whether modern or rustic. And ...
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So, You Want to... Level a Concrete Floor
There's no disagreement here: Concrete ranks among the most durable, longest-lasting of all building materials. That ...
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Looks Like Luxury: Imitate Any Material with... Tile
When you’re in the market for new flooring, you weigh a lot of considerations before deciding on a material. You may end up eliminating marble because of its cost...
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8 Cleaning Mistakes Everyone Makes
Routines we use to clean the home become second nature. We may never stop to think if we’re doing it right or if we could be doing it better. Believe it or not, t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is Softwood Flooring Right for Your Remodel?
Think wood flooring has to strain your remodeling budget? Think again! Though hardwood flooring typically costs a pre...
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Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Concrete Floors Clean
Concrete floors are no longer found only in garages and basements. With elegant finishes now available—like stencilin...
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Clean Your Floors with What's in the Pantry
Sweeping dirt under the rug: Tempting, sure, but it's no long-term solution. Different rooms in different houses requ...
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The Pros and Cons of Softwood Flooring
Trees are classified as either hardwood or softwood according to the structure of their seeds. And while almost all h...
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Family-Friendly Floors: 5 Top Options for Busy Households
Pets and children put homes to the test. Which types of floors are up to the challenge?
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Get the Look of Wood Floors for Much Less: 7 Laminate Picks
Though it's always been a cost-effective alternative to traditional hardwood, today's laminate flooring proves just how far the product has come. Thanks to new im...
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What a Difference a Floor Finish Makes!
There are so many beautiful finishes available in today’s solid-wood flooring. With so many options, from distressed finishes to finishes that mimic oil-rubbing, ...
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The Beauty of Bamboo: 9 Exotic Looks in Flooring
Bamboo is one of the hottest trends in flooring. This extremely hard material can take stain just like wood, so it's a natural choice for floors. Bamboo is also s...
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8 Ways to Stop Hating Your Floor—Without Replacing It
As the base of any room, the flooring lays the foundation of a space's style. So what happens if you're feeling uninspired by your concrete or vinyl floor? Instal...
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Enter Bob Vila's $5,000 Fall Flooring Give-Away—TODAY!
It's October, and fall is here in earnest. You might find yourself searching for ways to reinvigorate your surroundin...
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How To: Remove Vinyl Flooring
Let's be clear: It's no fun to remove vinyl flooring. Peeling up the material itself is no picnic, but the real trial...
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How To: Install Click Flooring
Over the last decade, engineered wood flooring has developed by leaps and bounds, making it more affordable than ever...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Garage Floor a Makeover
Looking to make your garage a little snazzier? Dressing up the concrete floor with colorful epoxy paint may be just t...
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6 Fall Flooring Trends to Look Forward To
Most interior designers agree that in any space, flooring sets the tone. This means that decorating decisions about such things as furniture and lighting should b...
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How To: Apply Epoxy Floor Paint
You lavish attention on the bedroom and living room, bathroom and kitchen, but what about the unsung hero of many smo...
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Get the Job Done Quicker with Prefinished Flooring
Anyone shopping for a new hardwood floor quickly discovers that there's no shortage of options on the market. Homeown...
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The Many Faces of Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring has made great strides in the last two decades, providing homeowners with options in affordable, stylish, and easy-install wood flooring ...
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What Would Bob Do? Filling Nail Holes
I’ve removed some carpet and want to refinish the hardwood floors below. What should I use to fill the holes left by ...
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What Would Bob Do? Leveling a Concrete Floor
I’d like some advice on how to level a concrete floor. We plan to finish the basement in my house, and there are goin...
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wood Floor
Homeowners evaluating new flooring owe it to themselves to consider the benefits and beauty of wood. Wood floors are ...
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Regain Your Footing: Top Tips for Common Wood Floor Repairs
Few things can add as much warmth, character, and charm to a room as hardwood floors. From the amber glow of heart pi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vinyl vs. Linoleum
Homeowners often refer to vinyl and linoleum interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. These resilient floor ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Engineered Wood Floors
Engineered flooring might sound like something that's made in a lab from plastics and other chemicals but, in fact, i...
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Enter to Win a $1,000 from Lumber Liquidators
There's no denying the beauty and value of hardwood floors. Their warmth, color and pattern make them suitable for an...
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How To: Remove Paint from Concrete
Concrete is porous, which means that it readily absorbs liquids like paint. With this ease of penetration, paint can ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cork Flooring
Cork flooring has been in the news recently, but cork is anything but new. It’s been marketed as a flooring material ...
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The Appeal of Bamboo Flooring
Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching...
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How To: Clean Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are so beautiful when first installed, but over time they can start to look a little worse for wear. ...
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How To: Clean Marble
Unquestionably, marble ranks among the most luxurious and beautiful countertop and flooring materials. Equally beyond...
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What Would Bob Do? Polishing a Concrete Floor
I am living in Spain and redoing an old house in the country. I'd like some of the floors to be polished concrete.  C...
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Bob Vila Radio: Linoleum Rugs
Linoleum rugs are a little-remembered footnote to floorcovering history. These days, unless you uncover one when you’...
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Is Cork Flooring Right for You?
In our ongoing quest to make our homes beautiful reflections of who we are, the question of what to install underfoot...
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11 Tried-and-True Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors
By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happens. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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How To: Inlay Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Here's how to inlay sheet vinyl flooring for a designer look.  Measure your design on the floor with chalk lines. Sec...
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How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
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Vinyl Renaissance: 10 Flooring Looks You Won't Believe
Though it’s gotten a bad rap in past years, vinyl flooring is making a comeback. Although relative ease of installation has long been one of the material's sellin...
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How To: Cut Vinyl Flooring
It's easier to cut vinyl flooring to the exact shape and size of your room when you make a template first. Staple she...
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How To: Scribe Tile
Here's how to scribe a floor tile to fit around an uneven edge. Set the closest full tile in place, then use another ...
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Beyond Tile: Fresh Ideas for Bathroom Flooring
Ceramic tile has been the go-to choice for bathroom flooring almost since the advent of indoor plumbing. But today there are many alternative—and stylish—choices ...
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How To: Stain Concrete
Homeowners used to think of concrete as being strictly utilitarian stuff, resorted to only when a better-looking mate...
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Pro Tips: Decorative Floor Painting
You can't deny the decorative appeal of painted floors, whether they're patterned in checkerboard, stripes, or some o...
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Walk on the Wild Side: 14 Amazing Painted Floors
Does your floor need a new look? Instead of replacing it with costly broadloom or hardwood, consider painting it. Today’s homeowner has a lot options for painted ...
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8 Easy and Affordable Garage Floor Options
When you think of flooring options for your home, your mind may turn to images of polished hardwood in the dining room, evocative Spanish tile in the kitchen, or ...
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How To: Lay a Subfloor
Here's how to lay a no-squeak subfloor. Apply a generous bead of panel adhesive to the tops of your floor joists. Lay...
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Parquet, You Say? 10 Stunning Wood Floor Patterns
Wood has proven a popular and durable flooring choice in homes for hundreds of years. Whether you're considering recycling, upcycling, or creating a high-end luxu...
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What Would Bob Do? Fixing Scratches on Wood Floors
I have various scratches on my wood floors. Some add character, but some are just too big and need to go away. What i...
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Unsound Sounds: 7 Noises You Don't Want to Hear From Your House
Homes make strange noises. They’re built of many different materials — glass, concrete, wood — that expand and contra...
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How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
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How To: Reclaim Wood Flooring
When you're renovating, save and recycle old hardwood floorboards for patching and repairing. Using a pry bar at each...
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How To: Paint Plywood Floors
For our newly renovated attic, we'd wanted solid wood flooring, but that idea, it turned out, wasn't practical: The a...
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Quick Tip: Fixing Squeaky Floors
Here's how to stop squeaks in an old house with original floors you'd rather not replace. Preservationists use an acr...
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Quick Tips: Laying a Basement Subfloor
Here's how to get a warm, dry basement floor over a concrete slab when converting your basement into living space. La...
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Quick Tips: Repairing Floorboards
Here's a way to save time and energy when repairing floorboards. Instead of drilling and chiseling damaged floorboard...
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Quick Tip: Sawdust Grout
It can be easy to patch cracks in an old wood floor or grout a new wood block floor. Here's how. First, make a mixtur...
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How To: Install a Wood Block Floor
For a very unusual floor finish, you might want to try wood blocks.  Lay out your floor the way you would any ceramic...
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Just Floored! 15 Totally Unexpected DIY Flooring Alternatives
Bottle caps, leather belts, and pennies are just a few of the unusual materials that creative do-it-yourselfers have incorporated in these cheap flooring ideas. C...
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Basement Flooring 101
Surprise! It's all right to install virtually any type of flooring in your basement. Although hardwood should be avoi...
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How To: Replace Damaged Tile
Here's a way to replace damaged ceramic tile.  Remove the grout with a grout saw. Crack the tile with a hammer and co...
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Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine, ...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
I am moving to a new house where the living room and dining area have wall-to-wall carpeting. I asked the previous ow...
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Trending Now: Ceramic Tiles
For durability and ease of maintenance, few materials compare with ceramic tile. Here are some of the hot new looks for 2013.
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How To: Install Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring enables homeowners to get the look of wood for less, and it's easy to install. In fact, tongue-and-...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: Which Is Best for You?
Don't miss Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top OptionsBathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. C...
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How To: Stencil a Floor
Add some color and pattern to a wood or concrete floor this summer by purchasing a couple cans of paint and a stencil...
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Wood Flooring 101
Wood remains the most used flooring material. Its warm feel and appearance, affordability, and sheer variety probably...
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Bathroom Flooring: A Wealth of Options
When it comes to bathroom flooring, you’ll find a wealth of options to fit any budget and style. Keep in mind the nee...
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Enhanced Plywood and Subfloor Products
Plywood vs. OSBWhen plywood was developed to replace solid-board sheathing for subfloors and decking, builders were g...
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Green Home—Flooring
The interest in environmentally friendly floors is growing as people learn about deforestation, air quality, growing ...
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Walking on Glass
Glass block floors add a unique accent to wood, tile, stone, and concrete floors. Consider them a dual purpose floor:...
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Cork Flooring 101
Cork has been used for flooring for over a century. Finished cork floor can have the look of textured hardwood, the s...
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Choosing the Right Floor
Floors must withstand your lifestyle. They get nicked by high heels, crusted by muddy boots and crushed by furniture ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Floors
If you’ve ever spent any time or money sanding and refinishing a wood floor, you may wonder why anyone would ever pai...
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10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Floors
Bamboo flooring has won fans both for its look and performance, not to mention its environmental sustainability.
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Bamboo Flooring 101
If you’re looking to install new hardwood floors, why not consider today’s eco-friendly alternative, bamboo?Considere...
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Prefinished vs. Unfinished Wood Flooring
I’ve looked at flooring from both sides now. . . and it’s the horrors of applying polyurethane I recall. Apologies to...
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Quick and Easy Vinyl Flooring
My son recently asked for help installing vinyl flooring in his bathroom. So we took a trip to the local home center ...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl tile and laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home's highest-traffic condit...
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How To: Clean Concrete
When it comes time to learn how to clean concrete, realize you don't need to be delicate; after all, it's a very hard...
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How To: Paint Masonry Walls
Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
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How To: Clean Slate
I have a slate fireplace surround that makes my living room feel really warm and earthy, even if the fire is not lit....
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Rx for Hardwood Floors
Special problems need special solutions—and that's particularly true of wood flooring.  When accidents happen, first ...
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How To: Paint a Wood Floor
The first time I heard about someone painting a wood floor I was skeptical. Would it last? Could you scrub it? And wh...
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Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?
Recently my wife and I moved into a co-op. It’s kind of like a condo but with a few additional restrictions about wha...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laminate Floors
You can't beat the low cost and easy installation of a laminate floor. It's a great do-it-yourself project that can r...
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9 Pro Tips for Installing Ceramic Tile
There are many ways to invite problems when you lay ceramic tile. Avoid such problems and a tile floor can last for d...
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Trending Now: Cork Flooring
Sustainable, versatile cork floor options abound for today's eco- and design-conscious homeowner.
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Cork Flooring Steps Up
Something’s stirring underfoot—a growing interest in cork floors. Crafted from sustainable materials and available in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stenciled Floors
If you don’t want to spend another holiday season with your worn-out kitchen floor, but the timing’s not right for a ...
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From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Laying a Subfloor
After 13 years in our house, the basement was finally dry—or as close to dry as it was ever going to get. The walls w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Floors
Home improvement projects are messy business: Whether you’re painting, re-tiling, or just moving furniture, you want ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Squeaky Floors
A squeaky floor is easier to fix if it’s a floor that you can access from below. Listen to BOB VILA ON SQUEAKY FLOORS...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top Options
Modern bathrooms are so much more than they used to be. They’ve gone beyond the practical and utilitarian purpose they were originally designed for, and serve as ...
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Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up
60% to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on no...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bamboo Flooring
A couple decades ago, no one would have considered it, but one of today’s most popular flooring products is bamboo. A...
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Stenciled Floors: The Best of Today's Designs
Stenciled floors date back to Colonial times, but these examples represent some of today's best painted floor fashions.
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Wood Floors Go Gray
Weathered wood floors grayed from years of wear go so well with the ubiquitous reclaimed wood and industrial furnitur...
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How To: Dye Concrete Floors
Dyeing floors is different from staining them. With dye, there is no chemical reaction with the concrete—it simply dy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Flooring Options
Bathrooms are, like it or not, wet areas. Even if the rest of your house has gleaming hardwood floors, they’re not th...
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Linoleum Flooring: It's Green & Gorgeous!
Think linoleum and vinyl flooring are the same thing? Wrong. While many people mistakenly call vinyl tile 'linoleum',...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Flooring Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Project Guide: Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Few do-it-yourself projects deliver the "wow" factor as potently as refinishing hardwood floors.
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Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring
There are a lot of decisions to make when constructing a new home. Having a large production builder as our contracto...
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Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Flooring
While design, color, and surface appeal are important considerations, you’ll also want kitchen flooring that can live...
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Kitchen Flooring: 8 Popular Choices
Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don't overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring.
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Helpful Hints for Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floor refinishing and sanding is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished fl...
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The Best Floor Sander for Beginning DIYers
Unless you plan to sand many floors in your lifetime, the best choice for do-it-yourself floor refinishing is the ran...
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Radiant Floor Heating 101
Radiant floor heating is arguably the ideal home heating system. It’s comfortable, efficient, unobtrusive, quiet, and...
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Flooring: My "Green" Nursery Challenge
I expect there's a time for compromise with any home improvement project. If you’ve been tracking my "Green" Nursery ...
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New Product: Tyroc Sub-Flooring
The basic requirement of any floor surfacing material—from ceramic to wood—is that the subfloor remain free of moistu...
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Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
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Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior door...
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Building a First-Floor Slab and Walls with Concrete
The home's concrete-slab floor is constructed with foam decking and connected to PEX tubing that will heat the home. The ReddiForm foam blocks enable a single con...
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Building with Polystyrene Forms and Concrete
Bob explores innovative construction technologies – Insul-Tarp and ReddiForm polystyrene blocks – as the structure is reinforced and the first-floor walls start t...
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Reviewing the Boiler Pipes and Bathroom In-Floor Radiant Heat
Bob and plumbing and heating contractor Frank Iadarola review the air handler and bathroom in-floor radiant heat.
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Pumping Concrete to Make a Basement Floor
A slab is poured in the basement and work is underway to add two new dormers to the roof.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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Installing a Decorative Inlaid Vinyl Floor and Reviewing the Workshop Layout
The generously sized workshop has a functional layout and a unique vinyl floor designed by architect Gregory Rochlin.
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Installing Carpet on the Third Floor and Bathroom Tile
Bob looks at the new carpet being installed on the third floor and at a bathroom tile installation.
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Installing a Herringbone-Patterned Floor
Bob quickly reviews the completed work in the kitchen, and then oversees the installation of a herringbone-patterned floor in the den, which will essentially func...
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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Installing a Porch Floor and Light and Constructing a Porch Trellis
The front of the Melrose house gets finishing touches, including a new, insect-resistant porch deck, new trellises, and a porch light.
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Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home
Carpet tiles are installed in the basement, and experts discuss storage and organizing solutions for the basement and master bedroom.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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Laying Porcelain Oxidized-Look Tiles
Bob and Anthony Lopez install porcelain tiles for a decorative look.
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Installing Hardwood Floors over Concrete
Jesse Bartuesek joins Bob for the installation of Brazilian Walnut floors
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Installing a Marble Tile Floor
Bob talks to Nick Tagios, of Tagios Tile and Marble, who's laying down the marble tile bathroom floor using a traditional installation technique.
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Installing Cork Floors
Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So contr...
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Traditional Hardwood Flooring from Carlisle
Don and Kerry Carlisle (from Carlisle Restoration Lumber) visit the modern Colonial house to discuss the custom flooring being installed in the kitchen area.
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Installation of Laminated Engineered Wood Floor System
Work continues at the sister project house where a new laminated floor system is being installed.
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Sanding Wood Floors
In the sunroom, Howard Brickman is at work sanding the floors.
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Finishing a Wood Floor
Howard Brickman has begun sanding the old growth Eastern white pine floor in the bedroom of the modern Colonial.
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Moving Appliances Without Damaging Wood Floors
Bob meets with flooring specialist Howard Brickman, who has completed the home's beautiful wood floors. The next challenge is to move heavy appliances across the ...
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Installing the Subfloor
Thorough Construction's lead carpenter Connor McKenna applies panel adhesive to the tops of the new, sistered joists before laying four-by-eight sheets of Georgia...
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Hard Maple Flooring Installation
Bob checks out Shaw's Chateau wood flooring, which contractor David LaFosse and his crew are about to install in the great room.
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Discussing the Bellawood Maple Hardwood Floor
Tom Sullivan of Bellawood is in one of the four Mashpee affordable homes where they have donated hardwood flooring for the living room, dining room, and kitchen o...
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Installing Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Building an Energy Star Certified Home, and Saving Electricity and Protecting Electronics in the Home
Bob meets Scott Howard of Dean's Carpet, John Livermore from the Energy Star Homes program, and Damon Markowski from Leviton to show some of the features built in...
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Facade Details and Windows and the Interior's Finished Cornice Molding, Flooring, and Fireplace
Bob is outside the Manhattan Brownstone to show off the refurbished facade of the building and then goes inside to show us the completed living room of the floor-...
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Selecting Carpet With Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland tells Bob about her Shades of America carpet collection. With a more focused color selection and more descriptive color names, Shades of America mak...
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Installing Wood Laminate Flooring
Fred Giuggio (from QuickStep) and his crew are busy installing wood laminate flooring in the barn of the Victorian restoration project house.
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Installing the White Oak Flooring
Bob and Tim Colgan (from Kahrs) discuss the white oak flooring being installed in the bedroom.
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Interlocking Beech Flooring, Anti-Static Carpeting, and the Media Room
Bob looks at the beech flooring in the key hall, before moving to the media room to discuss the carpeting with Gary Johnston (from DuPont) and the electronic comp...
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Installing the Engineered Wood Flooring System
The crew is using a crane to install the engineered wood flooring system.
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Pergo Flooring Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley joins Steve Yates (from Pergo) to learn installation tips for, and the features of, Pergo wood laminate flooring and installation tips.
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Tour of the Perstop Flooring Factory
Bob visits the Perstop Flooring Factory to see how Pergo, wood laminate flooring, is made.
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Installing Carpet in the Bedroom
Carpenter Bob Ryley goes over a bedroom carpet installation.
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Installing the Tongue-and-Groove Plywood Subfloor System
Bob talks with carpenter Bob Ryley and general contractor Kevin Kalman, as they lay down the subflooring.
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Installing a Reclaimed Heart Pine Floor
Carpenter Bob Ryley and contractor Grady Garrett install a reclaimed Yellow Pine hardwood floor.
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Oak and Herringbone Floor Repair
Bob meets with preservationist Fred Ecker to go over the process of making repairs to the floors.
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Installing the Carpets
Bob meets with Heather Sheehan and Scot Lintz (from Allied Signal) to discuss the production and use of recycled carpet.
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Hand-Stitching Carpets
Bob learns about hand-stitching carpets, as he watches Peter Mead use a traditional technique.
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Tour of the Mansion's Exterior and Landscaping
Bob tours the exterior with general contractor Sam Daniel. Then, he joins architect John Paul Hanbury and interior designer Barbara Page, and, together, they roll...
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Fire Codes and Installing Fireproofing Material
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley review the interior construction, which must satisfy stringent fire codes.
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Pergo Floor Installation
Joel Trepitti (from Pergo) talks Bob through the installation of the wood laminate flooring.
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House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
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Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
The old flooring in the Gothic Carpenter-style home in Elmwood has been removed. Bob outlines the process of installing the new floor and discusses the new suppor...
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Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
Bob Riley and Howard Brickman install a reclaimed hard pine floor. The orientation of the boards is explained, and the moisture content of the subfloor is checked...
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Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace, and Howard Brickman refinishes the hardwood floor.
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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Tour of the Completed Workout Area
Bob takes a final tour of the home workout area, discussing the tub surround and the new exercise equipment.
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Framing Begins on the Miami Home
As part of a Miami kitchen renovation, Bob frames a partition wall made to resemble a banana leaf. He also pours concrete to patch a floor.
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Wood Floor Repair
Bob and homeowner Gavin repair and refinish a 75-year-old oak floor. Because the new patch floor panels have a different thickness from the original, a belt sande...
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Bathroom Floor Installation
Bob visits with Butch and Dennis LeDonne, who are using thin-set epoxy to install an aggregrate product from Rover Tile on the master bathroom floor.
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Amtico Flooring Installation
Flooring specialist Mary Docker introduces Bob to Amtico. A flooring product from England, Amtico is vinyl that mimics the look of wood and marble. It's water-res...
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Installing Pine and Pergo Laminate Flooring
Contractor Bob Ryley installs tongue-and-groove yellow pine flooring, as Gary D'Lessio (from Pergo) installs high-pressure laminate flooring.
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Termite Prevention and Pouring the Concrete Floor
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley join exterminator Dean Bailey (of Fowler and Sons) to discuss termite control in and around the garage. Also, concrete contractor Sha...
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Home Addition and Construction Timeline
Bob remarks on how much progress has been made in one week of work on the Wayland project home. The footings have been established and the crew has begun building...
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Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
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Recycling a Hardwood Floor
Flooring contractor Leo Boudreau shows Bob how to recycle hardwood flooring. First, the floor must be salvaged. A pry bar is used to lift and remove the wood, pie...
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Replacing the Storm Windows
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley replace the storm windows on the Plymouth project house, and the newly designed bathroom needs tiles.
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Vinyl Flooring Installation
Bob observes as workmen create a template that's used to cut vinyl sheet goods for an exact fit on the floor.
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Constructing an Insulated Floor
Bob helps carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley build an insulated floor so as to extend living space into the basement.
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Choosing a Living Room Carpet
Bob looks around for a well-priced living room carpet.
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Touring the Interior
Bob tours the newly furnished and appointed Plymouth project house with the interior designer. Throughout, there is a mix of formal and informal pieces, which all...
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Setting Tiles
Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
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Pouring the Basement Slab
The concrete basement floor is poured, leveled, and screeded.
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Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
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Tiling the Bathroom Floor
Tile setter Roger Short performs a “mud job” on the bathroom floor before laying the tile pattern.
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Repairing the Dining Room Floor
Contractor Tom Forest repairs a hump in the dining room floor, then revives the floor’s maple finish.
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Congoleum Factory Tour
Bob tours the Congoleum plant in Marcus Hook, PA with Jim Kogut.
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Adding a Creative Touch to Vinyl Flooring
Installer Ed Janecek demonstrates how to add a creative touch to vinyl flooring, while painter Dirk Van Kinette rolls high-gloss paint onto the master bathroom wa...
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Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
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White Oak Hardwood Flooring Installation
General contractor Tim Berky installs the white oak, tongue-and-groove floor. Since the flooring will be nailed over the hyrdronic heat system, it is critical to ...