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Old 03-10-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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where do i start...

Just moved into this damn ole house :-) trying to figure out where we start to get this floor fixed. This is a second floor bedroom. There is a layer of this green vinyl flooring. It just peels away. Under that are flat wood boards that also just lift up. In order to lay hardwoods or carpeting what needs to come up?? Should I just remove everything and start from scratch? Or can I create a floating floor over this horrid mess??
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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How it's going to come out and "feel will depend a lot on those floor joist.
Under sized and over spaned floor joist in an old houes are almost a givin.
Now's the time to checking for sagging and floor bounce.

Joist may need to be sister to get rid of the problums before any subflooring goes in.


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Old 03-10-2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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I'm not an expert. Just throwing it out there since it's an old house. Those floor tiles may contain asbestos.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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Regardless of what kind of finish floor you want to end up with you need to have a proper structural subfloor. It is really hard for us to tell what you have there. Is this just one small area, or is the whole floor like this? The reason I ask is that the subfloor on many older houses consisted of 1 x 6 T&G fir run diagonally across the floor joists. Yours arent run like this. If this were mine, I would remove all base trim, cut out the subfloor and throw it in the dumpster, run any additional electric that I wanted to install, block the edges between joists where the new floor is going, and install 3/4 inch T&G plugged and sanded plywood subfloor perpendicular to the joists. You should check the floor to see how bouncy it is and sister joists where needed, as recommended by Joe too. The new subfloor should be set in liquid nails and nailed with 8d ring shank nails to the joists.
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