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Old 09-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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You're welcome! Here are some more thoughts of mine on the edge sealing; Basement insulation and DRIcore The FL instructions are there if you move around a bit. The stairs will probably be slightly off, with the first (bottom) riser being shorter by the floor material's thickness. If easy enough, remove/replace the rough treads after cutting new stringers. Your local AHJ will inform you if the rest of basement requires to code/finishing if the square footage is over a certain percentage of total basement space, changes locally.

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You're welcome! Here are some more thoughts of mine on the edge sealing; Basement insulation and DRIcore The FL instructions are there if you move around a bit. The stairs will probably be slightly off, with the first (bottom) riser being shorter by the floor material's thickness. If easy enough, remove/replace the rough treads after cutting new stringers. Your local AHJ will inform you if the rest of basement requires to code/finishing if the square footage is over a certain percentage of total basement space, changes locally.

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Back with more questions.

I have read through the the thread. I have also read through the documents you provided links to in this thread.

I understand the Delta FL concept. It makes sense. However, Dri-core is also a popular product. As you noted in the other thread, I also didn't like the idea of the "wood" part of Dri-core in the event of a flood. (As noted in one of the links you provided, the basement is the "final" place for all water to end up. Any flood will end up depositing water into the basement). That's what attracted me to Tyroc, which is basically dry-core with a topping that eliminated the potential water problem of dri-core.

So... if a dri-core type approach is so flawed, why hasn't it been "replaced" by a FL approach? Again, I see the benefits of an FL approach. I'm just trying to understand how a dri-core approach is still apparently popular/successful.

For the 750 sq ft I am looking at, dri-core, tyro and FL (with OSB) are all roughly the same cost. I would like to do what is "best" for the long term. If I go FL without OSB (which is preferable since I don't want am trying to avoid a wood product as a sub-floor), it is a lower cost and easier to install alternative.

That said, is FL really suitable as a base for a floating laminate floor? Maybe FL is more rigid than I imagine, but it seems odd to put flooring on top of a dimpled plastic sheet that comes in rolls. Will this provide a "solid" floor, or is something like OSB on the FL a better way to go?


Out of curiosity - what does AHJ stand for? I am guessing it is the code enforcement officer/inspector (which is all we have in this area). Just wondering what the acronym is.

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AHJ = Authority Having Jurisdiction.

You will need to do a little more research for particular answers. eg.; http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archi.../t-676110.html
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