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Marshall70 04-12-2006 09:30 PM

Tips on Installing Bruce Maple Plank Engineered 3/8'' Flooring
My wife and I just purchased 1100 sf of flooring to install over our concrete slab in Jacksonville, Florida. It will be delivered to us in about a week. I have never installed hardwood floors before, my father in law will be helping and he is unbelievable handy, but I think it has been at least 10 years since he has done this.

We are looking for advice on our project. Is there anything important that you could tell us to make this project go smoother? We purchased the adhesive with the flooring directlty from Bruce. Do I need to treat the foundation with anything, do I need to lay anything between the slab and the flooring?

Thanks all, love the forum.

Floorwizard 04-14-2006 07:36 PM

If your going to float the wood, then lay it over a 6 mil poly.
Also make sure the floor is flat and level according to manufacturers specs.

Marshall70 04-16-2006 07:24 PM

Glue or Float
for this type of product, what should we do? I was planning on glueing it to the slab, but then someone recommended floating it. Any suggestions?

Bud Cline 04-17-2006 03:49 PM

Is that product suitable for 'floating'? If so, each plank would have to be glued together and to tell you the truth I can't remember installing any of that product that didn't require a certain amount of tweaking to get the slats to come together, I don't know how you could float it but maybe you can. I would glue it to the concrete and be done with it.:) Even that may be challenging enough.:)

Teetorbilt 04-17-2006 07:45 PM

If you are on a ground level slab, I would recommend 2 coats of concrete sealer for either installation. It's cheap insurance.

Pilot 07-18-2006 04:52 PM

Hey guys, I gotta warn you, as I've been researching this myself for my kitchen floor. (also concrete) as near as I can tell from my research, stay away from acrylic coating based sealers. Apparently they break down in a few years and your beautiful floor can now be ruined. According to the info I read on concrete sealers at the best bet is a penetrating silicate type or an epoxy (2 part type) on a roughed up surface. Then you can glue to the epoxy. You might want to do a little research on your own at or try I found some good stuff on there too!

Hope that helps...

PS, if anyone has tips on wood floors or sealing, I'm just about finishing up my research, I'd love to hear it.

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