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Kbotard 04-26-2007 12:29 PM

old termite damaged hardwood
 
I moved this thread to over here hoping for some help.
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Hi. My husband and I are renovating my old home. We discovered ancient termite damage in the living room. I say ancient because when removing the vinyl tile and subfloor, we were inundated with red dust. Anyway, the hardwood floor is not salvagible in the living room, but the 2 bedrooms and hallway are perfect. They had used what looked like roofing paper on the hardwood, then the 1/4 inch subfloor, then the vinyl. What I want to know is, that since the existing good hardwood has no subfloor, when I replace the living room floor, can I put down the hardwood floor without a subfloor? I don't want a height difference in the rooms.

AtlanticWBConst. 04-26-2007 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kbotard (Post 42428)
I moved this thread to over here hoping for some help.
:thumbsup:
Hi. My husband and I are renovating my old home. We discovered ancient termite damage in the living room. I say ancient because when removing the vinyl tile and subfloor, we were inundated with red dust. Anyway, the hardwood floor is not salvagible in the living room, but the 2 bedrooms and hallway are perfect. They had used what looked like roofing paper on the hardwood, then the 1/4 inch subfloor, then the vinyl. What I want to know is, that since the existing good hardwood has no subfloor, when I replace the living room floor, can I put down the hardwood floor without a subfloor? I don't want a height difference in the rooms.

Hi,

Question, What is on the floor now (On top of the joists?)

Kbotard 04-27-2007 10:42 PM

ON top of the joists
 
Just the termite damaged hardwood is on the joists. I believe it is pine. There is a small area that has no damage. I plan on saving that and using it for replacing a small corner of damage (water, not termite damage) in one of the bedrooms. So should I put down a subfloor in the living room, or can I lay the hardwood directly on the joist like the original hardwood from the late 40's?

AtlanticWBConst. 04-28-2007 05:30 AM

Hardwood should be installed on a subfloor.

If you are determined to have hardwood flooring there, you are just going to have to live with the minor step up.

Use a wide transitional molding to make it a little more discrete.

AtlanticWBConst. 04-28-2007 05:48 AM

Here is some additional information regarding subfloors:

Links:

http://www.hardwoodinstaller.com/har.../subfloors.htm


http://www.hoskinghardwood.com/all-a...-subfloors.asp

Ron6519 04-29-2007 12:42 PM

Put down a subfloor. Without it you will generate a large amount of waste with the flooring. The flooring will need to be cut so it lands on a joist and you will lose the t/g off the ends. The flooring you get now has very few long boards compared to the original floor.
Ron

Kbotard 05-14-2007 02:58 PM

and you will lose the t/g off the ends

What is t/g?

AtlanticWBConst. 05-14-2007 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Kbotard (Post 44955)
and you will lose the t/g off the ends

What is t/g?

Tongue 'and' Groove.

AtlanticWBConst. 05-14-2007 03:22 PM

BTW - Here are a couple of pictures of hardwood flooring transitions with different thickness flooring:

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...T/IMG_1535.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...T/IMG_1539.jpg


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