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Old 02-25-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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I am looking at a 3/8" engineered flooring product that says it can be floated or nailed down. My subfloor is 3/4" plywood covered with 1/2" of particle board (not OSB), so I don't think the nail down is an option, but can I combine these. It is a tongue & groove design, so to float the floor requires the joints to be glued. I prefer the idea of nailing as it is much quieter, but I'm not sure if I can accomplish this. So, my questions:

1. Can it be nailed if I use an 1 1/2" nail to reach the plywood?

2. If I glue the T & G like a floating floor, can I still nail it to at least provide some stability?

3. I am just smoking something and need to hire a pro?
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Need to get rid of that particle board before doing anything.
One wet event and it turns to oatmeal.
Just changes in humidly can cause it to shrink, swell.
Not going to hold nails or staples.
3/8 sounds thin for an engineered floor. A quality engineered floor would be 1/2" thick.
Does it have plywood on the backside or something else?
A quality engineered floor would have plywood.
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The engineered is 5 layered plywood.

I really don't want to deal with the particle board as it covers the entire main floor of the house and would create some real interesting transitions to the other rooms - primarily the bath which has ceramic tile already half an inch higher. I also have all the kitchen cabinets sitting on top of it and there were built in place and won't come out without demolition (I've tried).

I understand the oatmeal comment, I have to replace some edges under windows that leaked in the past - yuck.
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It is recommended to "float" the floor by the manufacturer; I was just hoping to provide some additional stability (and quiet) by attempting to nail through the particle board and into the plywood.
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I think his point is that it doesn't matter which way you do it. You will be tearing it all out eventually. From a professional standpoint, I would never ever warranty any of my flooring installed on particle board. Generally i wouldn't do the install in the first place.
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Ouch. I was really hoping there was a way around this. I think I'll probably just follow the manufacturer's recommendation and due a true floating floor. Until we're ready to replace kitchen cabinets, I don't see any other way around it.
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