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Old 02-26-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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I'm taking everything down to the subfloor (OSB) in my house (built 10 years ago) in order to install laminate flooring. Question is, should I use this opportunity to reinforce the already nailed down subfloor with screws? If so, what type of screws?

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Do you have squeaks?

If you don't, why bother?

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I don't what what kind of screws to use, but I know for sure don't use cheap screws from the big box store.
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You can always do it in a few years when you pull the laminate like most people do.
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I don't what what kind of screws to use, but I know for sure don't use cheap screws from the big box store.
That makes no sense.
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That makes no sense.
Yes it does, I use/used the screws from the box store and the heads pop off. In old construction hard wood they are terrible. GRK screws are supposed to be high quality, you wont find them on the big box store self.

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Yes it does, I use/used the screws from the box store and the heads pop off. In old construction hard wood they are terrible. GRK screws are supposed to be high quality, you wont find them on the big box store self.

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sorry but you can. I have bought at HD I believe.

Second if the heads are popping off and you are using the correct screws for the application, then you are tightening them too much.

Shoot, I use an impact driver and I can't remember the last time I had a screw head pop off.
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sorry but you can. I have bought at HD I believe.

Second if the heads are popping off and you are using the correct screws for the application, then you are tightening them too much.

Shoot, I use an impact driver and I can't remember the last time I had a screw head pop off.
well there ya go, i stand corrected!
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Thanks all! As always, great dialogue on the topic No squeaks in my floor. I'm actually surprised because it's a total cookie cutter house and a lot of corners were cut.

Honestly, I didn't know people pull laminate after a few years. Something to keep in mind. And I'm guessing "box store" refers to home depot or lowes? That's the only hardware place I know of! In such an amature, but slowly learning thanks to you all!
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In my experience, carpet, laminate, vinyl planks and IVC type vinyls, all have a lifespan of 5-7 years. Engineered wood maybe 10 years. Ceramic 25 or more. Hardwood, 100 years or more. And yes, Lowes, HD, Menards, etc, are big box stores.

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