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Old 04-26-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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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.

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


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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?
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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.
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Here is some additional information regarding subfloors:

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


http://www.hoskinghardwood.com/all-a...-subfloors.asp
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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.
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and you will lose the t/g off the ends

What is t/g?
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and you will lose the t/g off the ends

What is t/g?
Tongue 'and' Groove.
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BTW - Here are a couple of pictures of hardwood flooring transitions with different thickness flooring:




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