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We pulled up our old carpeting and found particle boards underneath. Both HD and Lowes said we needed a floating floor. Lumber Liquidators said it could be glued. What's your opinion? Also, anyone pull up particle board flooring to install plywood so they could install solid hardwoods? I heard of someone doing this and don't know if it's feasible.
 

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I would not recomend glueing wood over PW. With the moisture in the glue it will cause the PW to swell slightly. Tacking up PW is sometimes a pain. It depends on how it was put in. If it was screwed or they used ring shanked nails, it will be a pain. If it was just nailed it should be easy.
 

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We have a few boards to pull up and we haven't done that yet! I'm hoping it goes smoothly. Appreciate the insight. (I'm from St. Louis and was just there.) Thanks for the help.
 

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We pulled up our old carpeting and found particle boards underneath. Both HD and Lowes said we needed a floating floor. Lumber Liquidators said it could be glued. What's your opinion? Also, anyone pull up particle board flooring to install plywood so they could install solid hardwoods? I heard of someone doing this and don't know if it's feasible.
Please don't ever glue down a floating floor. Besides the fact that you will void the warranty, you will ruin the floor, probably the subfloor and have a huge mess on your hands. The key to a good installation is like anything else...building a solid foundation, stable, moisture free, level, etc. You aren't the first person I've heard that has said Lumber Liquidators told them not so accurate info. That Rusty guy and OMike and there is another here (Bline-something or other?) on this chat site seem really knowledgable and helpful with details.
 

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particle board is not suitable under nail/staple down solid hardwood flooring.
don't believe everything they tell you at the big box stores. also if you are considering buying flooring from LL do a search and read what people have to say about them and their experiences with LL. depending on you sub floor you shouldn't have to install plywood over it to install solid hardwood. the floating floor would work over the particle board. some engineered flooring can be floated, stapled or glued down. always follow the manufacturers installation instructions.
 

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A key notion of effective salesmanship is to "never bring negatives into a conversation" and when negatives do arise " quickly negate them to close the sale".

In the case of the big box stores, bad information comes from mostly ignorance of the field, in the case of Lumber Liquidators bad information comes from the above salesmanship notion.

REMOVE THE PARTICLEBOARD.
 

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