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Old 05-04-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) surface prep?

I an considering LVT for the floor in my kitchen renovation. I am having the floor professionally installed but am doing the surface prep myself. My sub floor is 1/2" plywood on 2x10 joists 16 O.C. with a 12' span. I am planning on laying 1/2' BC plywood (glued & screwed) as the under-lalyment for the tile.
Does that sound like a reasonable plan?
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Nope, underlayment does not get glued down.
Using narrow crown staples in a pneumatic staple gun is the fastest and does not leave any holes or flaws that need filling, just need to fill the seams.
Second choice would be underlayment nails.
Screws are going to leave humps that would need to be sanded down.
Do not have the seams line up with the seams below.
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As Joe mentioned--screws are over kill and might cause dimpling---
Small crown staples is the better choice---

I like to roll on a thin coat of Henry's Bond Enhancer--it's a clear latex primer that seals the surface and helps the sticky adhesive grab.
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