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Old 02-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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We're getting to ready to install 3-3/4" carbonized strand woven bamboo throughout the downstairs. Does this plan of action sound good?

This will all be over 23/32 osb

1. Secure subfloor in loose spots with screws
2. Plane warped edges of osb by hand
3. Prime the sob for self-leveling compound
4. Mix self leveling compound with bond agent and fill in the two dips
5. Let it all dry
6. Unpack wood and let acclimate for 72 hours
7. Check moisture level
8. Nail down floor with AquaBar B underneath

First floor, crawl space, perpendicular to the joists which are 16" on center.

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Floors have been on the house for 2 weeks already but still in the box, it'll be 4 weeks when we actually get them laid.

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To answer #2 I would use a belt sander insead of a planer. If you hit a nail with the planer the blades will be shot.
#4 I would not use laveling compound. It will crack when a nail goes into it. Use layers uf shigles to level dips. Start with smaller peices and get bigger as you work your way out.
Example; 6", then 12", till the area is level.
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To answer #2 I would use a belt sander insead of a planer. If you hit a nail with the planer the blades will be shot.
#4 I would not use laveling compound. It will crack when a nail goes into it. Use layers uf shigles to level dips. Start with smaller peices and get bigger as you work your way out.
Example; 6", then 12", till the area is level.
I use 30lb felt , 15 - then rosin if needed .
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Thanks. I've got one dip that's still squeaky after securing the floor so I'm going to brace the floor from below as well.

With the felt (it was what was available). Just keep layering it until I get the right fill? Do I need to secure it some how to the foot or just build the area up as I actually lay the floor?
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So my first attempt at doing this was a big old FAIL!

One of the dips is pretty massive (read 3 feet in radius) in the kitchen due to the joist not reaching the pier. This has been fixed.

I tried to cut the roofing felt into 6 inch squares, then 12 inch squares and then 18 inch squares and layered them on top of each other. Problem is with the width of the dip, I had a hard time making it close to smooth.

Thoughts or keep hammering away until it works?
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Do you have a six foot level? Span the dip then measure deepest point divide by thickness of sheets. I'm guessing you need round or dip shaped pieces. That's how I'd use this advice. Hope they will support my suggestion.

Also six foot diameter? That'd not a dip that's sag. Anyone agree?

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I ran the six foot level across the sag for a maximum depth of 1/8th.

So 4 layers of the felt at .8mm thick. I think that's the thickness of the felt. Will check tonight.

Just run the level across and build up until it touches?
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Floor has to be flat 1/8" in 6' or 3/16" in 10'

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