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Date: April 20, 2019
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Clear and helpful article. I want to cover a kitchen linoleum floor with 3/4" solid hardwood. Id like to not have to take up the linoleum. Can I screw plywood over the linoleum and nail the flooring to it? If so, what thickness of plywood?
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Date: April 14, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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This is what I need now. So useful
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Date: April 14, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Wow, that was a lot of reading but it answered my questions.
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Date: April 12, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Answered any questions I had about what I had about attaching sub-floor over existing damaged hardwood flooring.
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Date: April 1, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I have a thin linoleum in my kitchen, and carpet in the other rooms. I want to add a floating floor throughout the house. I know the carpet must come up, but, must I take the linoleum up from the kitchen before laying down a floating floor?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : As long as your older vinyl is secure you can install a floating floor directly over it. It actually adds a vapor retarder to reduce any moisture transfer cumming up from the basement. 
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Date: March 28, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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very helpful
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Date: March 25, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very helpful
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Date: March 25, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Im extending a glues Vinyl Plank floor from the kitchen into the living room. The Kitchen subfloor is 3/4 plywood, then underlayments of 7/16OSB topped with a 3/8" BC Plywood. I have installed the 7/16"OSB in the living room and now need to install the 3/8" to get to the correct height. My question is should the layout of the 3/8" match the layout of the 7/16" or should I turn the 3/8" 90 degrees? thanks
Reply by HoskingHardwood : As a rule of thumb try to not line up joints of new plywood or underlayment together over the old.
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Date: March 18, 2019
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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I am planning on installing 3/4 prefinished solid hardwood. I discovered that my subfloor is 1/2 in plywood. What can I put down to make a sufficient subfloor?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Add 3/8 or thicker plywood. Run adhesive lines and screw using 1- 1/2 - 2 inch deck screws.
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Date: March 4, 2019
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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What grade plywood would you use for a 1/2 underlayment? This is for 7/16 engineered floors. Thanks!!
Reply by HoskingHardwood : If you mean what additional grade layer of plywood to go over 1/2 inch thick "Subfloor" we would suggest using at least a 3/8 thick "Underlayment" which will give you a smooth surface. Glued and screwed down to the existing subfloor using 2 inch long deck screws every 12 inches square.  
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Date: February 16, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I was hoping to see something on cement board...Is it possible to glue engineered wood over cement board in a small 1/2 bath. I have to replace gypcrete that was torn up in a condo dont know if Im allowed to use plywood..thank you
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Cement board is not commonly used with hardwood flooring so I can't give you any sure opinion about it. If the cement board is well secured than I would imagine it would work but check with your condo rules and local building inspector. 
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Date: February 14, 2019
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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Very good article but I have yet to hit upon one for my situation: Ive built a 480 sq. ft. granny-flat on slab. The slab rises above grade 12 inches (moisture barrier under the concrete). Can I place hardwood laminate flooring directly on top of 1" rigid foam? The foam should provide the moisture protection (with taped seems). And BTW, Im in North Texas (most articles are for wetter climates). Thank very much!
Reply by HoskingHardwood : If the rigid foam is a closed cell foam board then that should take care of any moisture migration. I am assuming that you are going to use a floating floor so you may need an underlayment pad under the flooring. I don't know if by installing the flooring directly over the Rigid foam would void any flooring warranties or not, you would probably want to contact the manufacturer to see if they still require the underlayment pad. 
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Date: February 10, 2019
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Very helpful
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Date: February 4, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Good information. I am specifically looking to install a new luxury vinyl plank floating floor over my current prefinished hardwood floor on my main level. Is this a concern now that click lock flooring has become so popular and telegraphing is drastically minimized with the higher quality brands (using Shaw)? I do plan to secure the hardwood,which is in very good shape, first with deck screws. Thanks
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Curious to know why you would cover up the existing hardwood flooring and not have it sanded and refinished new again,. But to answer your question you should be fine to install the LVP over the hardwood.
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Date: February 3, 2019
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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This is my first time in replacing a sub floor in the bathroom. this article is very helpful. I didnt know what type of wood to lay on joists. I would step on the floor and water would come up around my feet. at this time I dont know what shape the joists are in. Another question I have is the bathtub removal. I pretty sure the wood needs to be replaced under nether the tub.I never removed a tub before. The house is around 50 years old.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : I would correct any water or moisture problem you have first then install the new subfloor and it would probably require doing under the tub too. 
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Date: February 3, 2019
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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This is my first time in replacing a sub floor in the bathroom. this article is very helpful. I didnt know what type of wood to lay on joists. I would step on the floor and water would come up around my feet. at this time I dont know what shape the joists are in. Another question I have is the bathtub removal. I pretty sure the wood needs to be replaced under nether the tub.I never removed a tub before. The house is around 50 years old.
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Date: January 25, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I currently have a house built in the late 1800s, My subfloor is nailed directly to the joists. Joists appear to be in good shape. Joists then sit on the brick part of the foundation. Towards the wall, the floor seems to sag. There is also a dip in the floor near that same wall. The dip is about 1 1/2" at the lowest part of the room. The width of the room is 10 1/2. What are acceptable solutions? If all are acceptable, Place the order in which the best to worse fixes. Proposal 1 Install 2 1/4" x 3/4" pre-finished solid floor on top of the dipping and sloping subfloor. Proposal 2 Sister the joists from underneath to make it level, or as close to level as possible, then install the pre-finished floor. Proposal 3 Add wood shims on top of the existing subfloor to level the floor then install the pre-finished subfloor.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : A 1-1/2 inch dip is quite a dip in the floor, any flooring installed over it will accent it. You should have a building contractor look at jacking the joists perimeter framing and shim at the foundation to correct it.  1/1/2 inches is to much to shim the top of the subfloor.  Sistering joists doesn't make sense as the subfloor would have to be replaced (a lot of work) and if the house is ever sold it may pose unwanted questions with the new buyers. 
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Date: January 19, 2019
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thanks! I learned a lot!
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Date: October 24, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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My subfloor of Norbord chipboard does NOT have joists underneathit. Each board was glued to its neighbour at tongue and groove connections. A radiator leaked and the damaged board was removed by cutting off the T&G. Now it rests only on blocks of polystyrene insulation. There are NO joists to screw into...!!! What should I do...???
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Not sure how your structure is built? Whats supports the Chipboard? Something has to be supporting it. It sounds like you have a floating floor which is edged glued. 
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Date: October 13, 2018
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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Have built a slap home with geothermal radiant heating. Want to install hickory engineer flooring . Would like to glue (1500sq/ft) . Could use some advice
Reply by HoskingHardwood : We would suggest using a floating floor check out our article on "Floating floors" under our site map. 
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Date: September 14, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very helpful. Thank you. Unsure direction of rating scale. Using 5 as the high rating.
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Date: September 7, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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This answered questions for me. I had been told that I needed to put 1/4" plywood on top of my OSB the night before I was going to begin installing 3/4" hardwood throughout my house and it was the last straw. Im doing this alone and my house has been like a war zone after the whole carpet, pad, strips and baseboards removal followed by painting everything. Ive had my wood for 2 yrs while I worked an insane job, then built a house for my son, so I finally gave up this week and listed my flooring for sale. Because of the information on your different pages, I may give this another shot.
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Date: August 25, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I am installing 5" wide 3/4" hw flooring but discovered after removing the particle board (was carpeted before), I am left with 1/2 plywood over 16 oc joists. There is some deflection so wanted to lay back down 3/8 cdx, is that sufficient if glued and screwed to the existing? Thx
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Gluing and screwing down the 3/8 should give you added stability.
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Date: August 24, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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very well written and comprehensive article very informative answered all my questions
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Date: August 18, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Great detail! Quick question. Have old subfloor boards putting 3/8” CDX over then 3/4” solid hardwood. It’s over a dampish basement. Tar paper between old floor boards and new CDX or between CDX and flooring?? Thanks
Reply by HoskingHardwood : We would recommend correcting the damp basement first so that its dry, The felt paper should go under the Hardwood Flooring. Overlap the seams. 
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Date: August 3, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Great info. I recently had a pier and beam subfloor installed inside an old rock house with 3/4 inch Advantec. I plan to install 3/4 inch hardwood flooring on top. Of course the joists are running parallel to the way I want to lay the flooring. Most sites say add 1/2 inch of flooring, which I can do. But, this page says if there is no deflection, and there isnt, I can run my flooring parallel to the joists. Am I reading this correctly? Also, if not, what is a good grade of plywood or OSB to add to the subfloor before I start the flooring?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : If there is no movement or bounce when the subfloor is walked on then you should be fine but If there's any question about it then add 1/2 inch cdx plywood. 
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Date: July 12, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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In our victorian home the upstairs hallway and back room had a floating laminate with 1/4" backerboard underneath to level. There is a portion that I would need to put down 1/4" plywood but could I use the existing 1/4" Backerboard with nail down 1/2" bamboo over the top? The Cleats would go through the backerboard into the heart pine subfloor. and would run the same direction as the heart pine.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Backer board is a thin sheet of concrete meant for applying thinset for tile. The nails/staples meant for flooring will not penetrate it. We would suggest removing it. 
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Date: July 8, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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great help. I live in a double wide .Can I leave particle board down and put 5/8 cdx tongue & grove plywood over, and then install 3/4 oak floor. please send me a shout with your answer. taking up the particle board wood be hard do to the walls. thanks for your help!!!!
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Personally i like to remove any old underlayment but using 5/8 inch plywood should be sufficient enough to hold down 3/4 solid hardwood. Be aware of added heights. 
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Date: June 28, 2018
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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OK all make a sleeper floor out of 3/4 pine then the subfloor then the osb floor thats 1 1/2 tall then 1/4 wonderboard then the tile to make up the 2 inch we need.
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Date: June 6, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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We have an engineered floor glued down to concrete. It’s in good shape just worn. Can we glue down the new engineered wood to it? Thanks’
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Date: June 1, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thank you for the concise/informative article. We are building a new house and had new engineered wood floors installed last week. We dont like it the new floor. Our fault, we picked it but dont like it. A bit sick over it. Cost about $23,000. Can we install a new laminate floor over it? Advice greatly appreciated. Worried to make another bad choice.....Thank you.
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Date: May 19, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Removed carpet to prepare for hardwood and found 5/8" particle board on top of 3/4" solid ply. Can hardwood be installed w/ the particle board because there is solid ply underneath?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Particle board doesn't hold nails well, The new (naildown) flooring may loosen up over time we would suggest removing it unless you use a floating floor. 
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Date: May 19, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Great article. I am considering putting in a floating hardwood floor over my existing hardwood floor rather than dealing with the replacement of floorboards, sanding, and resealing. . . Then I can easily change the type of wood and design. Is that a good idea?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Removing a click lock floating floor is easier than removing a nail down wood floor. 
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Date: May 16, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Good article. I removed 30-yr-old rug and found a very nice rug pad. Can I lay my engineered click flooring right atop the pad or should I remove the pad?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Rug pads are too thick and soft to use under a floating wood floor and would make the floor flex too much when walked on possibly breaking the joints of the flooring. 
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Date: May 14, 2018
Page Rating: (4.0/5)
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I have existing 3/4" hardwood floors attached directly to the joists. If I install new 3/4" hardwood over the existing, does it need to run perpandicular? The new flooring would then be parallel to the joists.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : If possible we would recommend installing the new flooring in the opposite direction to the old flooring so if the old flooring expands or contracts it doesnt pull the new floor boards apart with it. You can (if additional heights permit) install 1/4 inch plywood underlayment over the older flooring to act as a buffer then install the new flooring in any direction. See the above article for more info.  
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Date: May 14, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thanks for the tips. My installer advised it is OK to install 3/4" wide plank over 1/2" subfloor, since my old 2 1/2" hardwoods were installed that way. My old floor was 30 years old and did not creak. Would you agree with the contractor? Thanks
Reply by HoskingHardwood : I think you may have 5/8 thick plywood even though it measures 1/2 inch (1/2 inch is not to code) but we have seen many things over the years.  If possible we would recommend adding a layer of either 1/4 or 3/8 plywood (glued and screwed) to the old prior to installing new hardwood flooring. The thicker the subfloor is the more the 2 inch cleat or staples will grab when installing the flooring. 
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Date: May 1, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very helpful information! Is cleaning the subfloor prior to hardwood install important? I wasnt sure if the dust from framing, drywall, texturing, etc, can cause a problem down the road.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : We would suggest to sweep or vacuum the subfloor prior to any hardwood flooring being installed. If a stone or something is left it could cause the new flooring installed over it to squeak or hinder the alignment. 
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Date: April 19, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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thnx for the tips ! One thing that I am still wondering about...I have a diagonal 1x6 subfloor over which I was going to glue & screw 3/8 ply & then glue & screw 5/8 eng hdwood. Should I eliminate the glue for the hdwd in favor of a moisture barrier ? thnx !
Reply by HoskingHardwood : We would not recommend gluing and "screwing" any hardwood down.  Wood flooring being installed over any wood subfloor should just be "nailed or stapled" using the proper flooring nailer down over 15Lb black hardwood flooring paper.  (There is no such thing as a Vapor "Barrier") the felt paper is a Vapor "retarder"
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Date: April 6, 2018
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Hello, I have a 5/8" plywood subfloor (you can see the currently bare subfloor flex a bit at some joints when walking on it) and Ill be nailing down 9/16" solid bamboo perpendicular to the 16" on center floor joists. The manufacturer recommends a minimum 3/4" thick subfloor. Will installing some 1/4" plywood underlayment make much of a difference and is it really necessary? Thank you
Reply by HoskingHardwood : If your existing subfloor flexes when walked on yes, gluing and screwing 1/4 inch or thicker plywood every 12 inches square should add more stability to the existing subfloor.
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Date: April 3, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I found your article to be very informative and easy to understand. I want to replace my kitchen floor, which now has parquet, with vinyl plank flooring. From everything I can find on the subject, it is a monstrous task, since all the glue (and there is a lot!) has to be scraped off. Not to mention, removing the parquet tiles can also rip up part of the subloor.I was wondering if it would be possible to rip off the parquet and instead of trying to scrape off the glue, cover the existing subfloor with a 1/2" layer of something like particle board or OSB, just to level it out. Since the vinyl is thinner than the Parquet, wouldnt that fit, without causing appliance or transition problems?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Hi Mary, depending on existing conditions and if the existing parquet flooring is well secured and flat you may be able to install the new vinyl plank LVT directly over the Parquet. If you choose to remove the Parquet flooring and didn't want to scrape off the adhesive (which could contain asbestos) then you could install say, 1/2 inch AC plywood over it and then install the LVT, Naturally height restrictions and local codes regarding encapsulating possible asbestos should be taken into count. For more on the LVT styles and our low prices please click on the LVT section of our website in the top header.
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Date: March 27, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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My prospective contractor explained my options exactly as presented here..
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Date: March 25, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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My contractor said it is illegal to put new wood floor over old parquet floor. I am debating whether to sand the old floor or install new wood plank floor in a gut renovation apartment in new york city. Installing new wood floor over old is less dust and save time & labor cost. What is your thought?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Hi Esther, not sure about it being against the law... but we most always recommend removing the existing old flooring instead of adding additional height and the possibility of the old glue down parquet floor possibly losing its adhearsion to the subfloor it was glued down to.
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Date: March 10, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thanks for the information.
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Date: February 20, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Very good, but what about staples in subfloor from old carpet??
Reply by HoskingHardwood : You should either flatten the staples left from the carpet removal with a hammer or pull them out using a pair of pliers.
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Date: February 12, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Thanks for the informative article. I installed 1/2"OSB over 2x6 tongue and groove subfloor to create a level surface. I going to nail down 3/4" hickory, and was trying to decide if it needed to be glued also.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : We would suggest to just nail/staple the flooring down. Use 15 lb black hardwood flooring paper as an underlayment to help retard any moisture transfer.
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Date: January 29, 2018
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very informative article.
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Date: January 18, 2018
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Very good article with a lot of helpful info. I think it could use some more photos or drawings to show how everything goes together.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Jerry you may find what your looking for in our other articles on "Hardwood installation Tips" left menu under hardwood floors.
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Date: December 7, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Help me confirm what I had been told by a 35 year in the trade flooring tech. Very helpful !
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Date: December 6, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Question and Opinions Please! Vinyl plank flooring installed in a raised not level mobile home as expected. 1/2in was given b/t wall and floor. Shoe molding installed and customer gives approval at completion. Forgot to mention that the customer picked out the flooring and was told that they would shift due to being not level. Well it happened and now being sued for $15,000 when floor job was charged $4500!! Opinions thank y’all very much
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Date: November 17, 2017
Page Rating: (3.5/5)
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Pergo Max over plywood -- does it need a vaper barrier. if so, what is needed?
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Date: November 13, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very helpful. 40 yr old house with particle board under carpet. One hardwood installer says no problem, we will just use more nails when nailing down hardwoods.
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Date: October 31, 2017
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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I have glued down engineered hardwood floors, can i install laminate floating floor over this?
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Date: September 18, 2017
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Home over 150 + yrs old. Floor joist run across wall to wall. 1" random with flooring with boards up 15 long run the length of the home across the floor joists. Id like to lay 3/4" thick 5" wide flooring lengthwise the same as the existing floor boards. I was told I dont need plywood because the joist run 90 degrees the opposite direction under the sub plank flooring. I want to refer back to the Plank Subflooring statement with my contractor but he doesnt agree?? hes been doing this for 50+ yrs??
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Date: August 28, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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I have some additional questions regarding installation of flooring over existing flooring. Mainly additional vinyl over vinyl, and the maximum amount of layers. Thank you. Please respond to lamarsnajason@gmail.com
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Date: August 28, 2017
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Well written for diyers!
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Date: July 2, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Thanks I needed that !!
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Date: June 28, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very informative. I have an old building with plank subflooring that was installed diagonally so a 90 degree install of the flooring is impossible.
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Date: June 10, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Clear explanation of how to. Makes you consider important items on laying a floor.
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Date: June 9, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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GOOD INFORMATION HERE
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Date: May 30, 2017
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Explained in a very clear and informative on the difference in subfloorsome. Thank you ??
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Date: May 10, 2017
Page Rating: (1.0/5)
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Rated article 1 as in nuber one !!!! WE are getting ready to install a whole house of flooring and this told us exactly how to do that. I think it is an excellent article for us amateurs. Tnaks so much
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Date: May 4, 2017
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I own a house in Florida. The floors are covered with tile. I want to lay hardwood (engineered) flooring over the tile but worry if this can be done properly. Apparently I can. Thanks for the information.
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Date: April 21, 2017
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very very informative
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Date: April 9, 2017
Page Rating: (4.5/5)
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Very informative
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Date: February 16, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Great, clear and useful information presented well! Thanks!
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Date: February 15, 2017
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Great,very help ful. Best every. Thank you
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Date: February 13, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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all the information needed to understand wood flooring and installation
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Date: February 12, 2017
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Ive removed old ceramic tile from floor. Floor is clean and smooth. The hardiback board is still on the floor. Can I lay hardwood flooring over the hardiback board. Thanks
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Date: February 5, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Great
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Date: January 29, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Most informative. Thanks for the education.
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Date: January 20, 2017
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Question. We have particle board unfortunately under our carpet. Can we add a layer of osb or plywood, even 1/4 inch on top of it, to then glue down engineered hickory? We have 3/4 inch to work with to make level with tiled floors transition.
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Date: January 18, 2017
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This article answered my questions about subflooring in easily understood language. Thank you
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Date: January 3, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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VERY informative. This site has answered many of my questions about flooring requirements. Thank you.
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Date: January 3, 2017
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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VERY informative. This site has answered many of my questions about flooring requirements. Thank you.
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Date: November 11, 2016
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answered every question I could think of
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Date: October 31, 2016
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Very informative and well written. Thank you.
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Date: October 9, 2016
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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Ripped up old carpeting and found particle board and ceramic tiles underneath. One section had water damage so we ripped it up and found plywood underneath. We wondered if we should rip up all the particle board so we can nail down hardwood and now we feel now confident. Flooring store told us we have to glue down new hardwood floor over the particle board. Glad we found this article!
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Date: September 11, 2016
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I found what I was looking about particle board. Thanks
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Date: September 11, 2016
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I found what I was looking about particle board. Thanks
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Date: August 23, 2016
Page Rating: (5.0/5)
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This is a reply to Kevins comment below... You may want to verify that your subfloor is particle board because particle board is not strong enough to be considered a subfloor (main decking) or in any way be part of any structural framework of a home. Your "particle board" underlayment may have been installed over your main decking (whether it be plank decking or plywood) to raise the height of carpet that may have been previously installed. The National Oak Flooring association states that particle board should Not be used as an underlayment for wood flooring.
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Date: August 20, 2016
Page Rating: (3.0/5)
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Pretty informative but my home does have partial board flooring throughout & was built in 2001. I installed 9/16" flooring in most of the home 10 years ago & its held up great even with 5 small children. Now just looking to upgrade everything
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Date: July 28, 2016
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Excellent info to know even for hiring a contractor, so that I am aware if he knows what he is doing. Thanks
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Date: June 29, 2016
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it was a very interesting article. i learned alot. i have a doublewide mobile home. with 2x6 structure and solid sub flooring. i like to install hardwood. flooring in 1 room can i do it. since subfloor is sound and solid
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Date: April 9, 2016
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Great article but I have a post and beam house that has fir cardecking as the first subfloor then particle board on top of the fir decking. Ive removed the particle board and want to use 1/4 or 5/8" plywood before putting our 3/4" x 3.25" prefinished hickory down. What type of fasteners should I use to install plywood? (nails or screws?) and should I nail or staple the hardwood? Thank you
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Date: April 1, 2016
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I read a lot of stuff that Didnt give me an answer I could feel confident about. I now know what to do if I want the best floor. THANK YOU!!!
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Date: February 10, 2016
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Great
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Date: January 27, 2016
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Ive an old heart pine wood floor sanded often in its 120 year life. time to remove this floor tack down old dried out pine sub floor. add 3/4" sanded smooth ply the best,Ill follow your directions .Add my new laminate floor get a kiss and a ada boy from my wife Thanks real helpful article Robert
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Date: January 23, 2016
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this is a very well written and helpful article. it answered most of my questions just not quite like i was hoping .
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Date: January 10, 2016
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Very helpful article.
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Date: January 5, 2016
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I have 3/8" engineered wood over concrete. Has a water line bust and have light damage. Can I nail new wood over it? If I used 1/2 wood, what nail/staple would i use.
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Date: December 29, 2015
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This is exactly what i needed to know. thank you
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Date: November 9, 2015
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Well written and informative Thank you!
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Date: October 26, 2015
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Excellent info especially for remodeling of an older house.
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Date: September 27, 2015
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Great!
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Date: September 27, 2015
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How can I "flatten" out the high points & raise the low points of a 5/8" particle board underlayment that lies over a 1/2" ply subfloor for an engineered h/w floating floor?
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Date: August 12, 2015
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Question that was not answered. When screwing the underlay down how frequently do you screw it around its perimeter and infield. When screwing down for tile I understand proper procedure is every 4 inch on the perimeter and every 6 inch infield. is this the same procedure for hardwood flooring? Second question is the 3/8 underlay plywood ends butt together or an 8th inch gap left between all pieces of underlay plywood? Thank you. pete5cam@hotmail.com
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Date: August 12, 2015
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Question that was not answered. When screwing the floor down how frequently do you screw it around its perimeter and infield. When screwing down for tile I understand proper procedure is every 4 inch on perimeter and every 6 inch infield. is this the same procedure for hardwood flooring? second question is are the plywood ends but it together or an 8 inch gap left between all pieces of Plywood? Thank you. pete5cam@hotmail.com
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Date: August 2, 2015
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excellent article,very helpful info
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Date: July 22, 2015
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Very thorough. It answered my questions about particle board subfloors. Thanks!
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Date: July 10, 2015
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I was wondering if someone can contact me about a question on whether or not I should run my engineered HW floors parallel to the floor joists. I cannot tell from the above article. I have an OSB plywood subfloor and the floor joists underneath are 24" apart. Its the second level of my 3 story townhome where the HWs are going. How thick does the subfloor need to be to support a 3/8 inch engineered HW floor if the joists are 24" on center?
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Date: July 9, 2015
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Very informative. This answered my subflooring questions either directly, or indirectly.
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Date: June 23, 2015
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Installing particleboard sub floor in shed. do I need a joist under each edge of the particle board? will it be a problem if there are some edges not screwed to a joist?
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Date: June 22, 2015
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excellent info, thanks
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Date: June 13, 2015
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information was on target. I was not able to find the answer until now. thank you.
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Date: May 31, 2015
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Good info
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Date: May 22, 2015
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Your website is very informative, thank you! I didnt have to look anywhere else to get info I needed.
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Date: May 11, 2015
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Our old subfloor was unlevel, we removed it. There is linoleum under it. Can we just put in a new subfloor (plywood), then it would it be level and then put on laminate flooring? or will we need to use self leveling underlayment on top of the new subfloor, then the flooring?
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Date: April 30, 2015
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Excellent. Answered everything I was wondering about.
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Date: April 28, 2015
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Have a 5/4 pine sub floor over the joist, then 5/8 particle board on top..Any chance of gluing engineered flooring , doesnt the floating floor have a clipty clop sound..?
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Date: April 9, 2015
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i have plank flooring and am able to purchase 1/4" osb aprox. 400 sq ft 2nd floor is it safe to install laminate over this floor seems solid
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Date: April 2, 2015
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Very helpful information, thank you! Im about to have my floors redone and this answered all of the many questions I had.
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Date: March 26, 2015
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Your article was very helpful. Im about to attempt to install a wood floor over concrete. I wish there was something to show me what to use to make the floor level in low spots.
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Date: March 21, 2015
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Excellent information in a non-verbose manner with good scientific backup. Thank you.
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Date: March 19, 2015
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Very informative and accurate information contained in this article. Persons needing expert advice before installing new finished floors should be confident that their flooring project will be trouble free.
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Date: March 18, 2015
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The article was very informative. I currently have particle bd as a subfloor and has water damage around the outside wall. I having the floor removed and is considering the advance tech t&g OSB. It is on the expense end but has received very good reviews.
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Date: March 12, 2015
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Very help fool .. Thank you.
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Date: March 7, 2015
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A very informative series of articles, Thank you.
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Date: March 3, 2015
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Excellent knowledge base for new construction installation.
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Date: March 3, 2015
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This article helped me understand floors much better. Thank you!
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Date: December 30, 2014
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Your instructions are very followed through. Could add a little more troubleshooting
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Date: December 27, 2014
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This was good man! Imfound the answer i was looking for, i am ready niw!
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Date: December 19, 2014
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Excellent discussion of all the variables in flooring!!
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Date: December 2, 2014
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can I glue laminate to subfloor? If yes where can I purchase?
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Date: November 20, 2014
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great info
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Date: November 1, 2014
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I am installing my first wood floor and ran into the major squeaks with my current sub floor. I wasnt sure sure if I should invest the time adding another one over it and Your article convinced me to do it and get it right the first time!! THANKS
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Date: October 29, 2014
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Very helpful
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Date: October 27, 2014
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I was able to get my answer very quickly.
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Date: October 15, 2014
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I was wondering why a glue down 3/8" engineered wont work over particle board. Thanks
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Date: September 22, 2014
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very helpful article. thank you.
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Date: September 10, 2014
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Excellent article. Informative and yet easy to follow by a beginner! Thanks.
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Date: September 3, 2014
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thx
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Date: August 27, 2014
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Excellent article. Thank you.
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Date: August 18, 2014
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Very informative, have been looking for an article this in depth for awhile, wish I found it sooner.
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Date: August 2, 2014
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This was a helpful site for a novice like me. I wrote down a few ideas to pass along to my helper. Thanks!
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Date: July 8, 2014
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Thank you so much, this article has been a huge help! As a hopeful home buyer whose looking into a house that needs lots of love, this answered a whole lot of questions for me!
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Date: June 25, 2014
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Very informative
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Date: June 6, 2014
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Answered my question about hardwood over OSB. Keeping both eyes open during new home construction.
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Date: May 2, 2014
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Thank you! very helpful.
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Date: April 25, 2014
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Very clear and easy to understand.
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Date: April 21, 2014
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Can I install new Engineered wood on top of old laminate floor. It is on second floor and I dont have to worry about the height for appliances.
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Date: March 21, 2014
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I have a pine 3/4" X 3" subfloor and I would like to put 3/4" t&g 4X8" plywood over the plank flooring. My floor joist are a true 2" X 10" spaced 2 apart. I read that when installing a second subfloor you should not aline the second layer with the floor joist and also I shouldnt secure the second layer to any of the joist. This doesnt sound right to me. Please advise on the proper way so I dont have problems with my wood flooring that will be installed over it. Thanx Ralph
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Date: March 19, 2014
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Good article
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Date: March 9, 2014
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How do I know if my floor is too thick/heavy? I have a 3/4" plank subfloor (joist 16" OC) that I just glued and screwed 1/2" cdx over. We (wife) just changed from 5/16" top nailed oak to 3/4" TG oak. Too much?
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Date: March 6, 2014
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in your concrete slab section, can I glue 1/2" osb over the concrete slab, instead 1/2" plywood?
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Date: March 5, 2014
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good onfo
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Date: February 19, 2014
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Great page, lots of info, answered my questions, thank
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Date: November 18, 2013
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answered my question of laminate flooring over particle board flooring. I was told it cant be done
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Date: November 9, 2013
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it didnt answer my question about putting laminate floating floor over carpett.
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Date: October 12, 2013
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Great information. Only one last bit would help. When adding more plywood to be able to put your flooring parallel to joist, does it matter which direction you go. Do you go parallel to whats down already or perpendicular?
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Date: August 6, 2013
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Answered all my questions!!
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Date: August 4, 2013
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thank you! you confirmed what we found when we ripped old carpet up. inferior subfloor !
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Date: July 29, 2013
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Very thorough in explaining types of subfloors and ways to lay them. Excellent
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Date: May 30, 2013
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Extremely informative and very much appreciated. Thank you.
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Date: May 23, 2013
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Loved this article. Very informative. What would you say is the recommended thickness of what a subfloor should be?
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Date: May 1, 2013
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Can I put a peel and stick on a sumb floor
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Date: April 10, 2013
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When using 3/4" OSB as a subfloor, are perimeter and field gaps (butt Joints) necessary?
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Date: March 27, 2013
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Helpful answered my basic questions.
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Date: March 25, 2013
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thanks for all of the info
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Date: March 21, 2013
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Excellent article. Very informative and easy to understand, especially for a beginner do it yourself girl.
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Date: March 18, 2013
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Just great , very detaled
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Date: March 13, 2013
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answered my questions, now to go get it done
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Date: February 28, 2013
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good..thank you!!!
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Date: February 22, 2013
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Good but im a girl so its kind of complicated!! At least I can do math!
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Date: February 21, 2013
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Very Useful! Thank you!
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Date: January 29, 2013
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Great articles. Answered all my questions/concerns. Very comprehensive.
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Date: January 16, 2013
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Great explanations.
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Date: January 8, 2013
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the article was a litte helpful
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Date: January 8, 2013
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the article was a litte helpful
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Date: January 7, 2013
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Great explanation for all floor types.
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Date: December 11, 2012
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Can my installer install 1/2" engineered hardwood over a 1/4"lauan plywood I put down that is installed over 2x6T&G subfloor? Also should it be glued or nailed?
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Date: October 23, 2012
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I have an older home with 5" wide x ? Depth diagonal floor boards, which have 1/8 to 1/4 gaps between them, and are slightly out of level. I wish a subfloor had been recommended for this situation.
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Date: October 16, 2012
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Thanks for providing the article. Now I know how to talk to the contractor and what to ask for.
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Date: October 10, 2012
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I learned I cant install my engineered floor over particle board.
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Date: October 2, 2012
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We discovered two floors and both glued. Night mare and to old to correct what someone else has done.
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Date: September 20, 2012
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thanks. this helped me aloot with my school project!
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Date: September 14, 2012
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Good stuff. Thanks!
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Date: September 10, 2012
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This was extremely helpful as I was replacing a floor in a rent house bathroom that had rotted out and needed a new Sub Floor. Thank You
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Date: August 27, 2012
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I installed 3/4" x 4" oak hardwood floors over particle board but made sure to nail the flooring into the floor joists - will I be OK?
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Date: August 27, 2012
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This is a big help thank you for explaining all of this. Will be purchasing flooring from you soon.
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Date: August 23, 2012
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Great information. Gave me thought to things I would not have thought about.
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Date: August 19, 2012
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Very informative and in depth thanks