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Old 06-12-2014, 05:25 AM   #1
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Old sub floor plank suggestions


Just removed carpets in my 1942 vintage home and I am down to sub flooring. It consists of beautiful wide to tongue and groove planks.

I was thinking of putting laminate floor on top of it.

Besides fixing loose nails and the one uneven board does anyone have any prep tips ?

At first I thought of finishing the subfloor itself , but it is face nailed and I cannot sand it. Lots of nails and spaces between planks that'd have to be filled in.

So it's laminate for me. Any tips besides the obvious.

Never installed laminate before. Planning on Pergo or Armstrong brand - not the crappy brands.


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As long as the floor is flat,you will be fine---use a good quality foam underlayment pad.
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Why can't you sand it? There is a style of floor called a "Rochester Floor" that is face nailed quarter sawn oak. My last house had it in every room upstairs and downstairs. I had it sanded and refinished, and it had been sanded and refinished before I lived there as well. As for the spaces, my current house has no sub flooring, just variable width pine planks on joists. We just think of all the gaps and spaces as "features" ;-)
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Why can't you sand it? There is a style of floor called a "Rochester Floor" that is face nailed quarter sawn oak. My last house had it in every room upstairs and downstairs. I had it sanded and refinished, and it had been sanded and refinished before I lived there as well. As for the spaces, my current house has no sub flooring, just variable width pine planks on joists. We just think of all the gaps and spaces as "features" ;-)

I would think the nail heads would rip the sandpaper and even damage the sander roller ..

no? what do you think
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I wasn't there for the refinish. I know the floor was top nailed, because top nailing is part of the floor design. All I'm saying is that it's possible.
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