Michael Purser

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Treat or Replace Pet-Stained Subfloor?

Should subflooring that has been stained with dog urine be torn out and replaced before a new hardwood floor is installed? Read more

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Refinishing an Inlaid Wood Floor

Q: I'm refinishing a 70-year-old oak floor with inlaid mahogany accents. Some areas are damaged and need a few minor patches. How can I maintain the contrast between the oak and the mahogany while minimizing color variations between new and old material? Read more

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Fixing Voids in Engineered Flooring

Q. A subcontractor glued down 4 1/2-inch-wide plank engineered flooring on a concrete slab-on-grade using flooring adhesive applied with a V-notch trowel. But the instructions on the bucket indicated that a 1/4-inch square notched trowel should have been Read more

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Restoring Wood Floors Without Sanding Restoring Wood Floors Without Sanding

Preserve the patina and renew the luster of wood floors using only a buffer Read more

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Q&A: Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish

Q. Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish Recently, I removed wall-to-wall carpeting from an older maple floor finished with (I presume) polyurethane. While the finish had some paint splatters and stains, the flooring itself looked to be in good shape, so I simply scuff-sanded it with a pole sander, scraping and hand-sanding the tougher spots. Then I vacuumed the floor, wiped it down with mineral spirits, and applied a new coat of polyurethane. This was a process I had used in another room of the house with good results, but in this case the polyurethane has started to flake and peel away, particularly in high-traffic areas. What happened? Is a full refinishing the only option at this point? Read more

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