Archives: Flooring

How To Transition Hardwood and Tile Floors

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Floor Transitions I’d like to share some thoughts on how to transition hardwood and tile floors. Hardwood Flooring has become a very popular DIY project for many home owners. Also every DIY program on television has featured numerous programs on installing your own hardwood and tile floors. So you might ask why I’m focusing on…

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TileJax Tile Spacers

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Anyone that’s installed ceramic tile before knows that spacing the tile is a crucial element in a beautiful finished project. Traditionally most people either set the tiles by eye (left for the pros) or you buy these little rubber “X” shaped spacers (see photo below). Today I came across this new type of tile spacer…

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Recommended Hardwood Floor Installation Tools

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring, Power Tools

DIY Floor Installation Tools Installing hardwood floors is a great DIY project that will add value to your home and save you money at the same time. Most flooring sub-contractors get between $2 and $6 per square foot to install hardwood flooring. That’s just the labor cost not including the cost of the actual wood…

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How To Mix Self Leveling Underlayment

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Today’s guest blog post comes from Fred and Ethan over at One Project Closer. Fred and Ethan have just made a great instructional video on how to properly mix self leveling underlayment that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. We just finished the second area of a radiant heated floor in the basement of our home.…

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How To Fix A Scratch on Hardwood Floors

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring, Maintanence, Painting and Finishing

Today’s post is an answer from a reader about how to easily repair a scratch on hardwood floors. If you actually live in your home then theres no way to avoid scratching hardwood floors. My wife reminds me daily that we have to live in our house not sit back and admire it. So, kids,…

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How "Green" is Bamboo Flooring?

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

I’d like to share a post that I wrote the other day over at Today’s Green Construction. The post, Is Bamboo Flooring Green?, looks at the question of how environmentally friendly is the popular bamboo flooring that everyone seems to be buying lately. You might find it interesting to read about why I don’t think…

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Basement Flooring Options

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Another reader question was my opinion on the best flooring options for basements. I’m not a flooring expert but I’ve seen my share of flooring options used for basements so heres my take on the topic. Basements present some flooring challenges that are unique with respect to home construction. Whether your basement is fairly new…

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How To Repair Hairline Cracks in Tile Grout Lines

By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

How To Repair Cracked Grout Anyone that’s installed ceramic tile knows that after time you may find narrow cracks in the grout lines. Typically this happens where two perpendicular faces come together. For example, where a tiled wall meets a tiled counter top or floor.We have this problem in or master bathroom in a few…

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