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Old 05-11-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Getting ready to install hardwood floors in my living room, it has plywood floors that are unlevel in spots , how important is it to have the floors level??


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Old 05-11-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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I justinstalled 3/4"x5" hardwood in my living room and dining room.
I did sand some of the joints in the subfloor that weren't even and cleaned the blobs of drywall compound off. I supposed you could fill in the low spots with floor leveler if you wanted. 3/4 inch hardwood will span most of the dips in the floor anyway. make sure to run the hardwood perpendicular to the floor joists. how unlevel is your floor?


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Old 05-12-2011, 04:14 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by DannyT View Post
how unlevel is your floor?
Think this is the key question here. Would something like a cork underlay even things out enough? It would also give you a bit of sound and thermal insulation. Or are we talking major sags or high spots in the subfloor?
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:33 PM   #4
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The wood manufacturer provides in every box installation instructions typically the subfloor must be flat, not level,within 3/16" in 10'. Take a string and check if it has dips more than 3/16" they must be leveled within the 3/16" OR the manufacturer will not be liable for what happens if you do not. Same for bumps higher than 3/16". Always follow mfg's guidelines and you will suceed.
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