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klaus135 04-24-2012 10:43 PM

Installing hardwood floor over crawl space
I am installing a hardwood floor over a crawl. I removed the old carpet and tile, there was partical board that came up with the tile. I was planning on replacing the particle board that was removed with plywood to make it all flush again, however, I spoke to an installer at the flooring store and he stated to just remove all the particle board. I did that. Now underneith that is 1 by 8 planks on top of the floor joists. the planks are not tight and have gaps up to a 1/4" in places. He stated to just lay 30 lbs felt paper down over the sub floor ( 1x8 planks) and I'll be fine. So my concerns are that I will be nailing in between the gaps in the planks, since I am running parallel with them...he stated to snap lines over the felt paper and nail into the floor joists. Do I need to lay plywood over the 1 bys? Or is he correct? second, is the felt paper a strong enough vapor barrier over a crawl? I wouldnt think so. Thanks

RhodesHardwood 04-25-2012 12:05 AM

Normally those old planks are just fine to go over. However, we would make this decision based on the height of any adjoining flooring and the condition of the subfloor.

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