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Old 11-09-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hello,

Please help me cure my ignorance about installing hardwood flooring. I have a few very novice questions.

I have carpeting in my living room that I am going to replace with prefinished bamboo flooring. I am choosing my materials and contractor now, and I want to have a complete understanding of the options and the work involved.

The carpet is tacked and is sitting on top of what appears to be 1/2" plywood. This appears to be the subfloor, but it it possible that it is a second layer of plywood on top of the plywood subfloor.

I have been reading about the various underlayment options, and I am confused about whether the underlayment is supposed to include a second layer of (good) plywood on top of the subfloor. I am planning to put 15lbs builders' felt directly underneath the bamboo.

So, my questions:
Do I need both the plywood and the felt for the underlayment?
Is this any different if my subfloor is 3/4" plywood rather than 1/2"?
Given that I have carpet (in a home constructed in 1980), is it likely that the tacks are attached directly to the subfloor, or to an underlayment layer on top of it?

Thank you for your help!
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You shoud not need another layer of plywood. What style is you floor nail down or floating?
I assuming you float it if it is saying you need underlayment.
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You shoud not need another layer of plywood. What style is you floor nail down or floating?
I assuming you float it if it is saying you need underlayment.
Thanks very much!

I am planning on nailing the bamboo planks down.

So it sounds like I just need the plywood subfloor, then the felt, and then the bamboo?
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If it is plywood that is good no need for extra, Use 15 mil Tarpaper.

Keep in mind:Bamboo is soft, be easy while you are installing it. get prepared for a few scratchs to pop up.
Set your nailgun so it does not dent edges while you are nailing.
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