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Old 12-25-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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I'm ready to remodel the kitchen in my fixer-upper house. At some point in time, rodents had gotten into the space under the cabinets and created quite a mess. I cleaned up the mess about a year ago, but, under the right conditions, there is still some odor. Now with the remodel, I'll rip out everything and I'll be in a position to do something permanent about this.

I'm considering putting down a layer of, say, 1/2" plywood over the current subfloor, perhaps with a layer of plastic between the subfloor and the new plywood. I think this would do the trick, and the additional height is not going to be a problem. I'm just wondering if anybody has comments or suggestions. Thanks.

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Covering up the issue wouldn't be my solution. Neutralizing the odor would be the first thing I would try. If that failed, I would remove the boards. The plastic isn't going to stop the odor from below the plastic.
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I definately agree with Ron. Covering up the nasty wood is not a good idea. Get rid of it and replace it with new.
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I agree with the above.
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I've already used some powerful odor neutralizer (Epoleon NnZ) and once I get the cabinets out of the way, I can do a more thorough cleanup/deodorizing. The odor now is only noticeable when the conditions are just wrong, and even then it's pretty faint. I figure I can reduce the odor to practically nil, but I'm just looking for some insurance. Since the subfloor is structurally sound, and given that it would be a lot of work to replace it (I know this for a fact---I replaced the subfloor in a bathroom remodel), I don't think that's going to happen.

So, given these constraints, what would you think? Maybe a thick coat of primer?
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Some stainblocking primer like oil-based Kilz would be a good idea if you're dead-set on not replacing the wood. The problem is that although you're not smelling it now, when the humidity in the home increases smells will tend to leech out.
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You would need to bring into the space someone who hasn't been working there on a regular basis. What may seem to be a reduction of the odor might just be, you having gotten used to the smell.
After youv'e done all you have planned to do, bring in a few females and see if it passes that test. If it does, you're good to go. If not, Plan "B".
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