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Old 08-29-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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got a cape cod in upstate ny , 1949, original oak floors, refinished upstairs bedroom last spring and turned out good. had to patch a few boards and underneath was some kraft paper underlayment, just seemed like old-dried up paper. just repaired 150 sq. ft. of same oak in living room and it was installed originally right on top of plywood- no paper. so i nailed down my replacement sections right on top of plywood -turned out great.no squeeks/noise. now im adding new oak to kitchen, on top of ply sub floor. should i bother with the paper underlayment? what is the reason for it anyway? if it matters i have hot water in floor radiant heat installed under sub floor. thanks

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:37 PM   #2
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rosin paper is used to help slow down the passage of moisture into the floor.

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:54 AM   #3
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any reason they didnt put it in the 1st level of house even though its in the upstairs?
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