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Old 02-22-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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3/4" Partical board underlayment OK for new 3/4" oak?


So I'm repalcing the carpet in a 24'x11' living room with new 3/4" red oak flooring. Under the carpet there is 3/4" partical board which is nailed to the origanal subfloor which is T&G 1"x6"s. Will I run into future problems if I don't replace the partical board with plywood?? I'm thinking about just putting extra screws in the partical board, and useing 2" nails for the hardwood. The oak will also run the same direction as the 1x6's.

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You can not glue anything to it (particle board) and it won't hold a staple or nail very long...............and if it ever gets wet the floor will erupt...!

So watcha think?

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From what I have been researching you could probably get by with the subfloor the way it is by using a wood floor with a floating installation system. Some flooring manufacturers are allowing you to float wood planks over particle board and OSB from what I have read.
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Are you sure it's Particleboard, and not OSB (oriented-strand board, sometimes called waferboard)? If it's actually particleboard, I'd rip it out. It's trouble in a floor.
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So I've started removing the particle board... I want to do it right, but was hoping to save a few bucks and a WHOLE lot of time. There's thousands of ring-shank nails yet to pull. Yea, it is definitely particle board and not OSB. My slide hammer style nail puller dosen't work with this stuff either so I've been doing the whole thing with just a cat's paw & hammer...
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