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Flooring question (by Rangor [TN]) Feb 24, 2021 5:06 PM
       Flooring question (by NE [PA]) Feb 24, 2021 5:51 PM
       Flooring question (by Rangor [TN]) Feb 24, 2021 6:40 PM
       Flooring question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Feb 24, 2021 7:12 PM
       Flooring question (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 24, 2021 7:25 PM
       Flooring question (by Steve [MA]) Feb 24, 2021 7:50 PM
       Flooring question (by Hoosier [IN]) Feb 25, 2021 1:47 AM
       Flooring question (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 25, 2021 10:48 PM

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Flooring question (by Rangor [TN]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 5:06 PM

As we speak I am pulling up 12 year old laminate from a duplex I bought a couple.weeks ago in preparation for putting down Lumber Liquidators utility grade 3/4 inch tongue in groove hardwood. Normally I put felt paper between the subfloor and hardwoods when I do this but under the laminate I am seeing a material that is thin red plastic on the upper side and lots of little styrofoam balls on the underside. Can I use this in lieu of the felt paper? Thanks.


Flooring question (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 5:51 PM

The stuff you are seeing is for cushioning and moisture. It's slippery and also allows the laminate to float. I don't think it would hurt with hardwood, but I don't know if I would leave it due to the flex long term with the hardwood. It may allow staples to loosen overtime. Purely speculation, but that's my guess. --174.198.xx.xxx

Flooring question (by Rangor [TN]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 6:40 PM

Coming up. Need to get rid of some squeaks. Besides, I smell a cat.... --107.77.xxx.xxx

Flooring question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 7:12 PM

It is always better to rip up then start fresh as if the bottom starts to give then will have to replace flooring altogether. For rentals while more expensive upfront along with more labour intensive commercial porcelain is a better option where a Schluter ditra membrane then commercial porcelain where they have wood grain porcelain. If tenants sneak in a pet then a quick mopping then clean where other types of flooring are damaged. Going to rip up the laminate flooring in the kitchen of the house where going to install a membrane then commercial porcelain. Wood flooring is nice for owner occupied homes but for rentals it just not last. You tube has videos about the Schluter membrane then how install ceramic or porcelain tile. --99.236.xxx.xxx

Flooring question (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 7:25 PM

Between a wood flooring product and a concrete surface, you must have a vapor barrier. Not just any type, but the right one for your installation type.


Flooring question (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2021 7:50 PM

Whenever we're installing real wood flooring we use red rosin paper as a slip sheet between the underlayment & the new wood flooring. Anything that you use along the lines of a "waterproofing" slip sheet won't do much because of all the holes made by the flooring nails or staples. For squeaks I suggest using screws to secure the underlayment to the floor joists wherever possible & possibly some full threaded screws in between the joists. HD carries a line of Deckmate screws that work great for fastening into the joists and Spax screws that are perfect for the screws going between the joist.

As far as the cat odor, I would give it a good washing, perhaps use something like Mr Clean for pets to wash it and give it a couple of coats for oil paint to help seal in any lingering smells. --71.174.xxx.xx

Flooring question (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2021 1:47 AM

What subfloor do you have? In general I'd not use that stuff...it may allow the new wood to flex and cause issues. Also, how thick is it? Will you be nailing the new wood down? If so, will the new nails have long enough penetration into a wood subfloor to hold?

Lots of concerns. --99.92.xxx.xxx

Flooring question (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2021 10:48 PM


I stopped squeaks at my home by tapping some wood shims (really thin) between the joist and the subfloor.

We prefer red rosin paper to avoid any stickiness between the layers.

15 years sure beats any carpet longevity!

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx

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